In­for­ma­tion stall for men­tal health

Wanneroo Times - - Street Watch -

ANGLICARE WA’s PHaMs (Per­sonal Helpers and Men­tor Sup­port) pro­gram will have an in­for­ma­tion stall in Wan­neroo to­day for Men­tal Health Week.

PHaMs in the City of Wan­neroo is a men­tal health ser­vice pro­vided by Anglicare WA through an in­for­mal men­tor­ing sys­tem.

The staff have per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences with men­tal health is­sues through their own lives or fam­i­lies, and can of­fer tremen­dous em­pa­thy to those seek­ing help.

PHaMs co-or­di­na­tor Vicki Smith said most clients had been re­ferred from the lo­cal Men­tal Health Unit, although self-re­fer­rals were also wel­come.

“Our staff will help clients ex­plore pos­si­bil­i­ties and set goals in or­der to take more con­trol over their lives,” she said.

“We don’t deal with peo­ple in cri­sis, but gen­er­ally those in re­cov­ery who re­ally need some sup­port, en­cour­age­ment and men­tor to talk to.”

Ms Smith said the most com­mon strug­gle for many peo­ple was the so­cial iso­la­tion which came from hav­ing no fam­ily or friends, of­ten re­sult­ing from deal­ing with men­tal ill­ness for many years.

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