Reaching out for good mental health

Throughout Mental Health Week in mid-October, St John of God Murdoch Community Mental Health reached out to the community to encourage people to seek help if they need it.

Social Outreach Manager Stephanie Jones says Mental Health Week provided a great opportunity to encourage openness about mental health issues, as well as get the word out about the services she and her team provide the community.

“There is still so much stigma around mental health issues and this kind of health promotion really enables us to break down the barriers that prevent people from seeking help,” Ms Jones says.

“This year’s focus on suicide prevention brought to the fore the seriousness of people’s issues and how vital it is that people feel comfortable seeking help so that we can listen and support them.”

Outreach Workers were on hand at Cockburn Health and Community’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Day and Fremantle Women’s Health Day in Hilton to answer questions about how to stay mentally healthy.

The team was also involved in the annual Black Dog on a Lead walk around Bibra Lake to promote open discussion about depression. They also organised an education stand for their colleagues at St John of God Murdoch Hospital to raise awareness for patient and staff needs.

For more information about Murdoch Community Mental Health:
Address: 160 High Street, Fremantle 6160
Tel: (08) 6226 9400
Fax: (08) 6226 9488
Email: counselling@sjog.org.au
Web: www.sjog.org.au/Murdoch

 

cropped-mental-health-weekMurdoch Community Mental health offers psychological therapies, counselling and psycho-education for people experiencing depression and anxiety, grief and loss, trauma and other problems of mental and emotional wellbeing. Counselling is also available for families and carers who may be affected by these difficulties.

Referrals for this service can be obtained from a GP and a Mental Health Care Plan will be required. You may also self-refer. This service is for those people who are disadvantaged or marginalised and have difficulty accessing mainstream services. Costs are bulk billed or low cost.  

These services are offered in Fremantle and will soon also be offered at the new St John of God Mandurah Consulting Suites.

 

 

 

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