HelpingMinds promotes mental wellbeing by supporting individuals, families and friends to recovery:
- We understand families are important to the person living with mental distress
- We understand every family is different
- We understand the importance of listening
- We understand the importance of connections
- We help build skills and confidence
We empower hope in you and your family through your recovery journey.
HelpingMinds was established 40 years ago as a not for profit charity in Perth, Western Australia and offers quality, confidential support services to families, children and individuals who are supporting a loved one with a mental illness or who are themselves experiencing mental llness.
The majority of our services are free of charge and focus on: advocacy, understanding the mental health system, education, counselling and support, school holiday programs and respite.
WA Chief Justice, Deputy Governor WA and Arafmi WA Patron
As the Patron of HelpingMinds, I am delighted to have the opportunity to publicly acknowledge the contribution of the many carers whose efforts to provide support to others often goes unnoticed, and to urge others to continue to support this important organisation. HelpingMinds remains a strong and invaluable voice for carers of those with mental illness.
It is impossible to overstate the importance of providing adequate and effective mental health services in our community and the necessary support for those with mental illness. It is also impossible to overstate the significance of mental illness and cognitive disability, and the consequences of those conditions, for the health and wellbeing of our community.
‘I may be a kid but I want you to know that I am capable of many things. Here’s a list of what I am capable of:
· I am capable of blaming myself for your illness and believing that all problems within my family are my fault, like when you tried to take too many tablets, or when you got angry and punched the wall, or when you fought with each other, or when you ended up in hospital.
· I am capable of taking on adult responsibility too. I do this by trying to fix your problems, or sort out your fights, or when I try to protect my siblings.
· I am capable of recognising when you are not well enough to protect and love me and I am great at gathering evidence to prove this. I recognise this because you may not check in with me to see how I feel after a problem arises or a traumatic event takes place. You may not ask me how I feel when I have a tantrum, or a fight with my brother or sister, or when I look sad and angry. You may get angry when I demand too much attention or sometimes you may not talk to me at all.