Range of services to maintain mental health

Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), POIS James Whittle (photographer)

Topic(s): World Mental Health Day, Mental Health

Regional Mental Health Manager ADF Centre for Mental Health, Mr Paul Blakley and Mental Health Promotions Coordinator Ali Freesmith in front of the Blue Tree erected at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. (photo: POIS James Whittle)
Regional Mental Health Manager ADF Centre for Mental Health, Mr Paul Blakley and Mental Health Promotions Coordinator Ali Freesmith in front of the Blue Tree erected at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.

October 10 marks World Mental Health Day and serves as a reminder of the many mental health services available to Australian Defence Force members.

The Australian Defence Force Centre for Mental Health (ADFCMH) has offices across Australia helping it to develop and deliver a large number of programs and initiatives.

Western Australia Regional Mental Health Manager Paul Blakey said as well as a robust set of mental health prevention and early intervention programs, the ADFCMH team also provides consultancy services, delivers mental health training and implements a range of promotion initiatives.

“Your local ADF Centre for Mental Health really is a one-stop-shop for a range of mental health services that are available to our people,” he said.

“Essentially, the ADF Centre for Mental Health has four key lines of effort; these are, mental health wellbeing and enhancement, health workforce skilling, consultancy and regional engagement.

“Each of these areas offers a range of services that ADF members can access simply by making contact with their local ADF Centre for Mental Health.”

Mr Blakey said ADF Centre for Mental Health Western Australia is currently seeking expressions of interest from ADF personnel interested in becoming a “workplace champion”.

“This will provide opportunities to share mental health literature, information and events within your workplace, with the added opportunity to access specific training,” Mr Blakey said.

Mental Health Week is celebrated all around Australia, with each State and Territory adopting its own theme and holding their own events.

This year in Western Australia, the Mental Health Week theme is “Strengthening Our Community - Live, Learn, Work, Play”.

For more information on becoming a workplace champion contact Mental Health Promotions Coordinator Ali Freesmith, Mr Blakey or email adfcmh.wa@defence.gov.au.