HelpingMinds Services include a range of free, professional and confidential counselling and support programs to adults who have a friend or family member that is affected by mental illness or are at risk of developing a mental illness themselves.
Professional counselling is available to help you work through issues such as the change in your relationship when someone becomes unwell, grief and loss due to the illness, communication and coping skills and what to say and what not to say. Click here for more information.
The Mental Health System in WA is complex. We help you navigate the system and understand your rights. The aim of this service is to work with you to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Enjoy a well deserved break away to one of the HelpingMinds respite houses, one in Rockingham and one in Port Denison. A few days away can be enough to recharge the batteries. Find out more here.
In order to maintain good mental health, it is important to take some time for yourself. We can provide a range of massage and pamper treatment days. We also have sporting and social activities designed around individuals’ interests and a range of fitness levels. Find out what’s coming up.
Our carer support groups are available in the Perth metro and WA regional areas. HelpingMinds holds regular meetings for carers and individuals to come together, offer support and share their experiences, coping skills, information on available treatments and relevant agencies. Visit our workshop page.
Recovering Our Families is an online course for individuals, families, professionals and anyone experiencing mental health or life challenges. The Course is designed to educate and support individuals and families by focusing on strengthening family dynamics, self-care, self-reflection and recovery. Find out more.
If you or someone you know is affected by a mental health condition you may be entitled to NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) support. Being eligible for NDIS means that you will have a personalised plan, with access to a range of free supports and services through HelpingMinds, such as access to mentors and support persons which can support you in day to day tasks as well as times of crisis. For more information click here.
When you are supporting someone through their journey of mental illness and recovery, life can be challenging. When things become difficult it can be hard to know where to seek help or know what help is available. Sometimes talking with someone who has lived through or experienced a similar situation can help ease your fears and concerns. This can help you realise that you are not alone, nor are you the only one. Carer Peer Support Workers are people who care for a friend or family member with a mental health issue and can support you by understanding the challenges you face. Learn more here.
Our no cost one-and-a-half-hour Raising Resilient Children workshop for parents equips them with the knowledge and tools to recognise if their child is experiencing mental health problems, what to do about it and how to raise resilient children. For more information click here.
“Before I came to HelpingMinds I didn’t know why mum talked to people who are not there. Now I understand that she has schizophrenia. We now talk about it at home and I now have someone I can talk to about how I feel. I don’t feel alone and confused anymore.“
15 year old student
“Sometimes at home I get so stressed being around my mum when she is depressed, especially during the holidays. The holiday programs give both me and mum a break. They are so much fun and you meet people who understand what you are going through.”
12 year old student
HelpingMinds offers free professional counselling, education and support to young people ages 8 -17 years who have a friend or family member with a mental health issue. Counselling appointments operate for 30-60 minutes weekly or fortnightly. Find out more here.
School Holiday Youth Camps are a great way for young carers to get together and be involved in a wide range of activities. The camps are available every school holiday for young carers aged 14-17yrs. Contact us today to discover more about the next camp.
If you or someone you know is affected by a mental health condition you may be entitled to NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) support. Being eligible for NDIS means that you will have a personalised plan, with access to a range of free supports and services, such as access to mentors and support persons which can support you in day to day tasks as well as times of crisis. Click here for more information.
COPMI WA is a network of families, professionals and organisations committed to raising awareness of the needs of children and families where a parent has a mental illness and improving their access to information, resources and support services. Learn more here.
Young Carer Workshops SMILES (Simplifying Mental Illness & Life Enhancement Skills Education Program) is a free program for young carers aged 8 to 12 years old. Young carers get to participate in artwork, music, peer support, interactive exercises, games and problem solving. Contact us to find out more.
The KOPING program is a free program for young carers aged 13 to 17 years old. Young carers get to participate in artwork, music, peer support, interactive exercises, games and problem solving. Call us to find out more.
Talk It Out and YoungMinds are FREE services for 0-18 yrs old who are experiencing difficulties in their lives or at risk of developing a mental health issue. Talk It Out team offers specialised fun workshops, one on one time with support workers, informal counselling and mentoring. All of the services are designed to support children and young people to identify areas of strengths and concerns in their lives and to ultimately to identify their own goals.
Have a question? Got a problem? Need some advice? Let’s Talk It Out.
HelpingMind’s Youth Worker is available to support young carers with practical supports and advocacy.
This is a free innovative school education program aimed at secondary school students in the Perth metro area and 200km from Perth City. The Changing Minds program addresses a wide range of information around mental illness and mental wellbeing. The program is flexible and can be tailored to schools around particular mental health issues. HelpingMinds main aim is to address the stigma of mental illness, however some schools have certain issues they face and we can then cater for those needs such as depression and eating disorders. Find out more here.
HelpingMinds has developed two Classroom Wellness Programs.
Program 1 – Incorporating Wellbeing into Everyday Routines
Program 2 – Working With Anxiety
These programs assist teachers implement practical tools and processes into their classrooms so Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is integrated into the daily teaching program.
● were developed in consultation with teachers
● are 90 minutes
● are facilitated by mental health professionals who have experience working with young people
● fit within Component 2 of the KidsMatters initiative
Click here for more information.
HelpingMinds respectfully acknowledge that we work on Aboriginal land and pay our respects to community members and Elders, past and present. Individuals pictured are models and are used for illustrative purposes only.
HelpingMinds is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. HelpingMinds welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity
HelpingMinds respectfully acknowledge that we work on Aboriginal land and pay our respects to community members and elders, past and present. Individuals pictured are models and are used for illustrative purposes only.
HelpingMinds is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. Helping Minds welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity