Arafmi is the one-stop-shop for mental health carers in Western Australia.
Our support staff are able to listen to your concerns to provide and guide you to the appropriate support for you at that time.
You may need someone to support you through a first or recent episode of mental illness or perhaps you require information on a mental illness or service or need advice as to where to get help for the person you love.
Arafmi is the only call that you need to make. We will provide you with the support you need or find someone who can.
Our membership and services are free.
We are proud members of national Mental Health Carers Arafmi Australia
The Carer Centre
182 Lord Street,
Perth WA 6000
Freecall: 1800 811 747
Launch of Major Family Carer Survey
EUFAMI has announced a major survey, in conjunction with Lucas, the research arm of the University of Leuven. The purpose is to gather
information and data from family members across Europe about their own circumstances and needs in respect to their role as carers of relatives affected by mental health problems. Australians are welcome to contribute. EUFAMI email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult Facilities “Unsuited to Youth"
Young West Australians admitted to adult mental health facilities are likely to leave worse off, Mental Health Commissioner Tim Marney
has told a public hearing. Tim says 75% of mental illnesses manifest between the
age of 16 and 25, but those at risk are slipping through the cracks of an overwhelmed system.
New Name - Mental Health Australia
Mental Health Council of Aust has a new name - Mental Health Australia.
“Mad Men’s Muster”
Wheatbelt men are being urged to mark Friday, August 29 in their diaries for the second Mad Men’s Muster - a free event that tackles the serious subject of depression and suicide in a positive and ‘male-friendly’ way.
Suicides: New Figures. Action Needed.
The latest Aust Bureau of Statistics report on Causes of Death in Australia reveals more than 2,500 people died by suicide in 2012 – the highest number for the past 10 years. News
Suicide Prevention: New One Life Website
Mental Health Minister Helen Morton has announced an information hub for suicide prevention: http://www.onelifewa.com.au
NEW: The Carers Forum. A service for families, friends and other carers of someone living with mental illness. A safe, anonymous online space for us to share our stories and help each other. “Saneforums” have been designed and delivered by SANE Australia and made available to not-for-profit partner organisations including Arafmi. Funded by the Australian Government Dept of Health under the “Teleweb” program.
New National Voice for Carers
Mental Health Carers Arafmi Australia has launched Our National Voice, a website devoted to telling the personal stories of mental health carers. Go to www.ournationalvoice.com
Special Reports: TheMHS Conference Powerful messages of support and encouragement for carers and families of people with mental health issues emerged this week at the important national TheMHS conference. In the Carers & Family Forum, co-hosted by Arafmi, influential speakers acknowledged past shortcomings in the mental health system and offered encouragement, including significant progress in several areas . A diverse panel explored issues around Co-occurring Disorders.
Above: Chief Justice Wayne Martin, Arafmi Vice-President Tony Fowke at conference.
Chief Justice Calls for “Holistic Approach”
WA Chief Justice Wayne Martin emphasised the need for a holistic approach in dealing with people with mental health issues. His Honour who has been Arafmi’s patron for 7 years, told the forum that a holistic approach should address all aspects of people’s lives including where they live and employment possibilities. NEWS
Couples Counselling Pilot
Arafmi is running a pilot program for couples who are seeking counselling. The couple is made up of the carer and their partner who is experiencing mental health issues. The aim of couples counselling is to support the couple in their relationship journey where mental health issues have affected them. This is a free service available in the Perth, Fremantle, Whitfords and Mandurah offices. Please contact Arafmi’s Perth Head office on 9427 7100 if you have further queries or would like to make an appointment.
Have You Been to an Arafmi Respite Day?
Arafmi runs special Respite Days, free for carers. Come along and enjoy some relaxing treatments such as back and shoulder massages, reflexology and head and scalp massage. These days are a great way for carers to take some time out for themselves and socialise with others. Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided. Phone 9427 7100 for details or to reserve your place. Booking is essential.
Next Arafmi Walking Support Group is on Tuesday 26th August at 7.15am at Pickled Fig café, South Beach, 21 Ocean Drive, Sth Fremantle. Meet at the café entrance. If raining we can just have coffee in the café, otherwise we will go for a beach walk then have coffee.
October 4-10: Mental Health Week
Make a Move Towards Better Mental Health
For Young People
What is depression? What can I do to help my friend? Q&A prepared by Arafmi for schools, click
Family Mental Health Support Service for the City of Swan Go to Support and Counselling
* Shoalwater respite house
* Geraldton respite house (Port Denison)
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