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Annual Report 2013-2014

The Mental Health Commission's 2013-2014 Annual Report has been tabled in Parliament and is available here in various formats including an ebook.

Supporting good mental health in the workplace: a resource for agencies

Supporting good mental health in the workplace: a resource for agencies has been developed, in partnership with the Public Sector Commission, for the public sector to highlight the importance of good mental health in the workplace. It provides information about:

  • the legal and ethical responsibilities of employers
  • activities and strategies for creating a trusting and inclusive work environment
  • steps to reduce the stigma of mental health problems; support and retain staff; and improve the working environment
  • resources and support services for HR staff and line managers.

Mental Health Bill 2013  

The Mental Health Bill 2013 is currently being debated in the WA Parliament, and when passed will replace the current Mental Health Act 1996. The Bill was passed by the Legislative Assembly on 10 April 2014 and is currently being debated in the Legislative Council. The Bill is a response to extensive consultation and submissions by stakeholders, including the 2011 consultation Bill and the 2012 Green Bill, which in total received over 1300 submissions. You can find the Bill and a range of supporting materials here as well as details on planning for the implementation of the Bill and ways to get involved such as the Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG). 

Memorandum of Understanding template

A Memorandum of Understanding Template has been created to assist the sector in developing and creating working partnerships between services. The Template provides options and useful indicators for good practice for agencies working together...

The beyondblue National Roadshow

From February 2014 to May 2015, the beyondblue National Roadshow travelled over 30,000 kilometres in a big blue bus through every state and territory in Australia, visiting hundreds of communities across the 61 Medicare Local regions.

Mental Health Commissioner, Timothy Marney was interviewed by V8 Supercar rider, Michael Caruso when the roadshow came to Barbagallo Raceway. 


Latest edition of Head2Head 

The latest of edition of Head2Head has been released. The theme for this edition is workforce.

This edition contains a survey to help inform the future direction of Head2Head. 

If you would like to participate visit -   

2014 Good Outcomes Awards
Finalists announced 

38 finalists for the 2014 Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards have been announced reflecting the growth and breadth of the Mental Health sector in WA. 

The Mental Health Good Outcomes Awards, presented by the Mental Health Commission, celebrate individuals, groups, programs, services and partnerships across the government, private and community sectors that have made an outstanding contribution to mental health in Western Australia... 

2014/15 State Budget

This year’s State Budget highlights the Government’s commitment to continue wide-spread reforms to the way mental health and drug and alcohol services are managed and delivered to the Western Australians who need them.

To consolidate and build on achievements in these areas the 2014/15 Budget will deliver a record $791.6 million in funding, a 6.1 per cent or $45.7 million boost from the previous financial year...

$300,000 in small grants for suicide prevention projects 

Mental Health Minister, Hon Helen Morton MLC has announced State Government funding of $300,000 for suicide prevention small grants.

This funding will assist local communities to support suicide prevention activities and help sustain the important work undertaken through the State Government’s $13 million Western Australian Suicide Prevention Strategy 2009-2013.

Applications are sought by 31 July 2014 from existing Community Action Plan Host Agencies and Local Government. Local Drug Action Groups are also encouraged to apply as it is acknowledged that there is a strong correlation between suicide and alcohol and other drugs.

Everyone working together to encourage and support people who experience mental health problems and/or mental illness to stay in the community, out of hospital and living a meaningful life.

24 Hour Emergency Services

Health Direct Australia

1800 022 222

Mental Health Emergency Response Line (MERL)

1300 555 788 Metro

1800 676 822 Peel

Rural Link

1800 552 002

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