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
WA’s New Mental Health Bill – at a Glance
WA’s Mental Health Bill 2013 enshrines the rights of people with mental illness and the strengthening of family and carer involvement in treatment decisions. There will be a 12 month implementation period.
Thank you Wildcats!
On behalf of the 200 carers, consumers and families who received free tickets to the recent Wildcats game, we say THANK YOU!
Radio Collection for Arafmi
Thank you radio station staff at 96fm and 6PR for your collection and donation to Arafmi.
Coming next year - Carers' Guide
A consortium of mental health organisations, including Arafmi, is developing a practical guide for working with carers of people with a mental illness. The guide will released in October 2015; promoting that carers are equal partners in care. Release
Workplace "Next Frontier for Mental Health"
Organisations have a responsibility to build mentally healthy workplaces and to eradicate stigma and discrimination towards employees with mental illness, Mental Health Minister Helen Morton said. News
Students "Should Understand Mental Health"
Training students to recognise mental health problems in their friends could potentially save lives, according to a mental health consultant.
Arafmi Holiday Activities Arafmi’s school holiday program for next month is full. The next program will be during the Christmas school holiday period. For more information please contact Arafmi on 9427 7100.
Arafmi Christmas Events: Book Now!
Arafmi members are cordially invited to attend our Christmas events. Arafmi Board and volunteers Christmas lunch at Atrium restaurant (Crown Perth), December 2. RSVP now to Jennifer Hughes on 9427 7100. Arafmi Board and members Christmas lunch at Scotch College, Swanbourne, on December 19. RSVP now to Jennifer Fee on 9427 7100. Kids’ Christmas party 8-12 years at Scotch College, Swanbourne, on December 19. Party for 13-18 years at Scotch College, Swanbourne, on December 22. RSVP now to Courtney and Ashleigh on 9427 7100.
Arafmi’s Christmas office arrangements
Arafmi offices close on December 24 and reopen January 5.
CHANGE OF DATE
Perth evening support group
Perth evening support group was Dec 18 - now December 11. Please contact 9427 7100 to discuss further.
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 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.
Arafmi - Acting Executive Director
Debbie Childs has been appointed acting Executive Director of Arafmi following the resignation of Mike Seward.
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
COPMI Reference Group
If you have been affected by parental mental illness you can be part of the COPMI Reference Group. To register your interest call Arafmi on 9427 7100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
9427 7100. E: email@example.com
"You are not alone"