The WA Association for Mental Health Inc. (WAAMH) is the peak body for the community-managed mental health sector in Western Australia, with more than 100 organisational and individual members.
Our vision is for Western Australian community-managed mental health organisations to lead the way in supporting, and promoting the human rights of people with mental illness and their families and carers, through the provision of inclusive, well-governed community-based services focused on recovery.
WAAMH engages in three key priority areas of work:
Leadership, representation and advocacy—by drawing on the expertise and experiences of our members, consumers and carers to advocate locally and nationally for effective public policy on mental health issues.
Sector development and capacity building—by supporting the sector to deliver recovery-oriented, person-centred and family-inclusive services, through sharing expertise, fostering collaboration, and delivering targeted workforce development and training activities.
Mental health promotion and human rights advocacy—by promoting positive attitudes to mental health and advocating for the human rights of people with mental health issues and their families and carers.
Governed by a Board of Management, WAAMH aims to:
- Represent mental health non-government organisations
- Develop and influence policy relevant to people affected by mental illness
- Advocate for the interests of people affected by mental illness
- Assist in the development of the non-government mental health sector
- Participate in community education.
WAAMH has been engaged with the mental health sector since 1966, and has strong links with state and national mental health organisations, enabling it to connect with international mental health bodies.
For more information go to: www.waamh.org.au