Australian Charity of the Month – HelpingMinds
~ September 2018
We all have someone in our life or someone we know that is experiencing a mental illness. The problem with mental illness is that not many people are aware of it and are unable to diagnose it in order to receive proper treatment. The impact of mental illness is far reaching, not only affecting the people who are experiencing the illness, but also those surrounding them, such as their families, friends and loved ones. In order to address the issue, HelpingMinds, our Australian Charity of the Month, was founded.
HelpingMinds is a WA based charity, that has been supporting children, young people, adults and families affected by mental illness since 1976. HelpingMinds mission is to help anyone that is experiencing mental health issues, including affected family and friends who are emotionally and practically supporting them.
At the first meeting, “About 70 interested people attended, if I remember, all bringing our fears, grief and guilt with us but hoping for some relief at last. Dr Hearn stood up, some of us had not met him before; he stood tall and straight and spoke clearly and directly with a statement I will never forget.
“I want you all to know that there is nothing you have done, or haven’t done or should have done, that would have made any difference to your sick relative. It was all inevitable, so I want you all to get rid of any guilt feelings before we start.”
I as a mother heaved a sigh of relief, it was the kindest and most positive thing I’d heard for several years. My guilt was removed from that moment; it was the beginning of my learning experience in coping and coming to terms with mental illness.” ~ Betty Rebakis (attendee of the first public meeting for carers)
With approximately 1 in 5 Australians experiencing a mental health issue, it is a major problem in Australia that should be, but is not, openly spoken about. Mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, mood, obsessive compulsive, eating and substance abuse disorders, to name but a few, affect many Australians, their families, friends and loved ones. Early detection of mental illnesses is important for treatment and imperative for those suffering to receive proper support and help at the earliest moment.
Helping Minds has helped thousands of children, youth, adults and families affected by mental illness in Western Australia . Their team consists of professional and compassionate staff members and dedicated volunteers who provide a range of free quality, confidential support and services to children, youth, adults and families who are caring for someone with a mental illness or individuals who are themselves affected by a mental illness. They are always ready to help and support people of all ages going through mental health distress. They provide 1 to 1 face-to-face service, telephone-based support, social or community activities, group based single sessions and even home visits for mental illness support.
HelpingMinds aims to help and support more and more people who are going through a mental illness to improve the overall mental health of Australians. As our Charity of the Month, we aim to support them in their efforts not only by raising funds, but by also raising awareness and encouraging conversation.
If you or someone you know is suffering from mental illness, start the conversation and seek support.
We must bring the issue of mental illness out into the sunlight, out of the shadow, out of the closet, deal with it, treat people, have centers where people can get the necessary help ~ John Lewis
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To learn more about our Australian Charity of the Month – HelpingMinds WA visit their website.
If HelpingMinds does not provide support in your area, there are many other resources to which you can refer for information about mental illness. Helplines, websites and government mental health information services provide a range of services.
Australian Government: AIHW MHSA
Australian Government website provides information on mental health services in Australia.
Visit their website
beyondblue Support Service – Support. Advice. Action
Information and referral to relevant services for depression and anxiety related matters. Phone: 1300 22 46 36
Visit their website