Information stall for mental health
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.
Call 1800 880 657.