- World Mental Health Day raises awareness, empowers us to focus on self-care
- New Mental Health Commission Framework to promote wellbeing and prevent ill health
- Public consultation begins today - have your say
An online survey asking Western Australians to have their say about what they need to stay mentally healthy opens today on World Mental Health Day. The survey forms part of community consultation to develop a new WA Mental Health Wellbeing Framework.
The survey, which is the first community mental health survey in WA to focus specifically on wellbeing, will be open until the end of the month.
The Mental Health Commission is developing the framework to identify initiatives that optimise wellbeing, keep people feeling good emotionally and functioning well psychologically and socially, and prevent mental health conditions. These initiatives could then be delivered across the whole community or in settings where people learn, work and take part in sport and recreational activities.
The framework will also provide a guide for government agencies, community organisations and private industry to progress their own mental health wellbeing initiatives.
The Mental Health Commission is leading transformation of the mental health and alcohol and other drug sector, working collaboratively across government and with sector stakeholders to provide better outcomes for consumers.
The Commission has established an Expert Reference Group consisting of experts in mental health prevention and promotion to guide development of the Mental Health Wellbeing Framework.
The online survey is available on the Mental Health Commission's website at https://www.mhc.wa.gov.au/wellbeing-survey
Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Stephen Dawson:
"World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness and reduce stigma and discrimination about mental health. But it is about more than advocacy - it also aims to empower people to look after their own mental health and provide support for others.
"As a community it is vital that we don't only provide treatment for people experiencing a mental health crisis but focus on helping people gain and maintain a really good level of wellbeing.
"Research shows that actively promoting and encouraging mental wellbeing can make a difference to people's mental health, preventing mental health conditions and alcohol and other drug-related issues in the community.
"I encourage everyone to contribute to the survey and play a part in shaping the initiatives that will help keep you and your community well."
Minister's office - 6552 5800