In response to evidence of increased risky alcohol consumption in Western Australia related to COVID-19, Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook launched a new campaign to reduce the risk of alcohol-related harm associated with the pandemic.
In recognition of heightened levels of stress and anxiety in the community during this unprecedented time, Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook has launched a dedicated campaign to help Western Australians manage their mental health and wellbeing.
Western Australia's first Safe Haven Cafes have been announced as an alternative to emergency department presentations
The Deputy Premier and Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook has today set the direction for mental health, alcohol and other drug services in Western Australia. The WA State Priorities 2020-2024 outline the immediate priorities to reform and improve the mental health, alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector over the next four years.
The State Government has released the Clinical Governance Review and is adding the new position of Chief Medical Officer, Mental Health to the Mental Health Commission. The new position will also have a key role in a newly created Mental Health Executive Committee.
The Mental Health Commission has established a new Community Advisory Group to help consider what services are necessary to help fill the gaps for individuals and families in crisis from alcohol or other drugs.
Twenty consumers, carers and peak body representatives from the Western Australian Mental Health and AOD system undertook a co-review process of the Community Support program area from the Mental Health Commission’s Procurement Schedule throughout August and September 2019 in partnership with the MHC.
On 2 December 2019, the Minister for Mental Health announced that HelpingMinds has been appointed to provide the first state-wide Recovery College with $3.6 million invested by the State Government over three and a half years.
The draft Western Australian Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2021 – 2025 (Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2025) is now open for public comment and feedback