Mental Health Week - 10-17th October

By Rise
07 October 2020

This year, Mental Health Week in Western Australia will run from 10 - 17th October.  

The events of recent times have brought mental health into sharp focus and we think it’s important we take this opportunity of community awareness to bring attention to the need to safeguard people’s mental health during and long after the COVID-19 crisis has passed.

As a mental health service provider, we feel strongly about raising awareness of mental health issues and reducing the stigma associated with seeking support.

Did you know that as a Rise employee you are entitled to free access to our Employee Assistance Program?

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free, professional and confidential counselling service. The service can be used for any personal or work related issues that may be impacting your general wellbeing.

Who provides the service?

PeopleSense employ experienced and qualified registered psychologists with a ‘human’ style.  Their approach is friendly, caring and focused on practical solutions. PeopleSense deal with many work and personal issues such as:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Family or relationship problems
  • Children and adolescents’ mental health
  • Work related problems (e.g. bullying, conflict, redundancy)
  • Alcohol or other substance use problems
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma; and
  • Other personal or work issues.
Frequently Asked Questions

Is it Confidential?
Yes. Confidentiality is guaranteed. PeopleSense is independent of your employer and will not release personal details or issues raised with your employer or any other agency without your consent, except where we are concerned for your safety or required to do so by law.

Is it free?
Yes. Your employer pays for this service so there is no cost to you or your family members.

How long is a session?
An EAP session is usually between 50 - 60 minutes.

How many sessions can I have?
When you contact PeopleSense they can advise how many sessions are available to you.

Can my family members access the service?
Your immediate family members may be able to access the service. Please call PeopleSense to find out if they are eligible.

What if it is an emergency? 
PeopleSense psychologists are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for emergency situations and critical incidents.

Make An Appointment
You can access the EAP by calling PeopleSense on: 1300 307 912  They will arrange for you to see a psychologist face to face at a convenient location near you. If you can’t make it to an office, the session can be held via telephone or Skype. 

Prevent Support Heal

Rise is getting behind the Prevent Support Heal campaign. Together, we will tell the Government that we need proper and balanced funding to provide quality mental health care for everyone, not just those who need hospital.

The campaign will seek in increase funding to community mental health services to help people to live well and recover, fostering confidence, independence and resilience - all basic foundations to improving mental health outcomes - and avoid reliance on hospital admissions and acute models of care. Prevention programs also intervene early before issues spiral to a crisis point requiring an emergency response.

However, funding for these services only covers one fifth of the amount required to help people live their best lives as outlined in the Government’s own 10 year plan, which we know is a priority for the McGowan Government.

Keeping people well in the community and out of hospital has never been more important.

That's where the Prevent Support Heal campaign comes in. Help us to achieve funding commitments from major parties to increase the amount of community mental health supports by 80% and increase the spend on prevention to 5% of the overall mental health budget. 

How You Can Help

Click here to join the campaign.

Click here to sign the e-petition.

Now for some fun ...

Click on the link below and try these suggested activities to connect with others, have a bit of fun, and look after your mental health during the month of October. 

Calendar of Activities

There are a myriad of events taking place next week around WA. Click on the link below to see a full list of these events:

Calander of Events

To build supportive communities, we must take a holistic look at mental health, sharing ideas, and learning from each other through every day activities. Your mental health is very important to us here at Rise.  We encouraging each of you to support and look out for one another during Mental Health Week and throughout every week of the year.

If you are struggling with any mental health issues whatsoever, please contact our Employee Assistance Program on 1300 307 912 or liaise with Line Manager directly.

Warm regards

Fiona Durrant
Director - Workforce


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