When someone close to you changes because of mental ill-health you may feel a mix of emotions, including anger, loss and sadness.
We offer free and confidential counselling to people in WA who are supporting a family member or a friend living with mental health challenges, including:
– Individual counselling appointments for adults and young people aged 7-17
– In-school counselling for students aged 7-17
– Phone counselling for people in regional and remote WA on 1800 811 747
We also offer counselling for children aged 7-17 years who have emotional or social difficulties or are at risk of developing a mental health challenge, living in City of Swan, Geraldton, Carnarvon and Broome. Contact us to find out more.
Our regular workshops, events and support groups provide a safe environment for people to come together and offer each other support, share experiences, coping skills, information and build a sense of empowerment and take away some of those feelings of distress, exhaustion and isolation.
Our workshops, events and support groups are held all over WA for both the family and friends of people living with mental ill-health and for young people at risk of developing a mental health issue. Check out our workshops or school holiday program near you.
The mental health system in WA is complex and we can help you navigate it, protect your rights and express your own wishes. This is known as advocacy.
Our advocacy team can assist you with understanding your rights, complaints, referrals, information and resources and having your voice heard when decisions are being made about the person you care for. If you have someone close to you living with mental health challenges, live in WA and need assistance, contact our Advocacy Team today.
When someone close to you is unwell, talking with someone who has experienced a similar situation can be comforting. Our Peer Support Workers can help guide you through difficult times because they have been there before and know what it is like. Contact us today to get in touch with a Peer Support Worker.
If the family member or friend you support is living with mental ill-health, that is severe and longstanding and has a significant impact on their daily life, they may be eligible for assistance through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
If you live in Perth Metro, Geraldton, Broome, Port Hedland or Darwin, we may be able to assist your loved one with specialised psychosocial support through their NDIS plan. Find out more about the NDIS and how we can help.
The majority of mental health challenges will emerge before the age of 25. The earlier that young people at risk receive support, the more likely they are to cope with challenging situations and emotions.
Our early intervention services include counselling (ages 7-17), practical support and workshops and are available for young people under the age of 18 in the City of Swan, Midwest, Gascoyne, Pilbara and Kimberley, who have emotional difficulties or are at risk of developing a mental health challenge. Find out more here.
HelpingMinds offers free and informative programs to help educate students, teachers, parents and the community about mental health.
Our fun and interactive workshops aim to raise awareness about mental health and reduce stigma about mental ill-health. Find out more 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
“I don't mean it lightly when I say that HelpingMinds has saved our family”
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