Reaching more than 10,000 children, youth, adults and families affected by mental illness every year in WA.
HelpingMinds (formerly Arafmi) is the pre-eminent mental health services and carer support organisation, that was established nearly 40 years ago as a not for profit charity in Perth, Western Australia.
We have a professional and compassionate team of staff and dedicated volunteers who provide quality, confidential support and services to children, youth, adults and families who are caring for someone with a mental illness or individuals who are affected by a mental illness.
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.
‘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.
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.