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
Federal Parliament Briefed on Young Carers
WA federal MP Ken Wyatt has told Parliament about difficulties confronting young mental health carers. "We listened to two young people who were incredible. One had started to care for her mother at age 5. Her mother and her father both suffer from mental illnesses - trauma from their time in military service. She became the principal carer for both her mother and her father until 18. She continued to be there for them in their caring and GP treatment.” Mr Wyatt said: “Arafmi has worked in conjunction with them and now provides a support program for young carers.” News
WA’s Mental Health Review Board invites carers to play a bigger role in its dealings with involuntary patients. Says President Michael Hawkins: “The Board regards family members, guardians, carers, friends, fellow workers and neighbours as an essential source of information." Mental Health Review Board ph: 6145 3900. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 throughout Australia, including Arafmi. Funded by the Australian Government Dept of Health under the “Teleweb” program.
Three Arafmi staff members are among a first Australian tertiary education program for peer work - an exciting step in recognition of the importance of peer work. News
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
How to Work with a Couple When One Partner Has a Mental Illness - July 28
A presentation by Arafmi on “In sickness and in health: when mental illness complicates a marriage” will be held on July 28 at 6.20pm after the WA Family Therapy Association annual general meeting (6pm) at the Carer Centre, 182 Lord St, Perth. Cost: $10. Focuses on Arafmi’s pilot program for couples where one partner is living with a mental illness. While the program is still in its infancy, a number of themes have emerged which the clinical staff will present for discussion. Phone 9427 7100
Arafmi Walking Support Group will gather next on July 29 at 7.15am. (It’s usually every 4th Tuesday). Meet at the Bib and Tucker café entrance, above Leighton Beach Surf Life saving Club, Boulevard, North Fremantle.
COPMI Training Perth, Broome
WA COPMI (Children Of Parents with a Mental Illness) Education and Awareness Strategy free training by COPMI National.
Broome: July 29, 30. Perth: July 31.
http://www.copmi.net.au/. 9427 7100.
October 4-10: Mental Health Week
Make a Move Towards Better Mental Health
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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