Services‎ > ‎

MHAS Mental Health Access Services

The Mental Health Access Service (MHAS) provides support and advice to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) people affected by mental illness and their families. We work closely with mental health and other service providers to ensure that all services received by clients are culturally and linguistically appropriate.

Our aim is to ensure all services are accessible for the CaLD community. The MHAS works in partnership with community mental health services to complement existing mainstream services by acting as a consultant on broader cultural issues impacting on service delivery. Although our service predominantly focuses on individual advocacy, our team also provides assistance with:

Information
Providing information and education on Mental Health and the rights of the consumer and information on relevant support services.

Referral
Linking individuals and families to suitable services and ensuring those services respond in a culturally and linguistically appropriate way.

Advocacy
Enhancing awareness of cultural diversity and representing the needs of migrants and refugees.

Support
Providing culturally sensitive support to individuals and families. Working in partnership with mental health services to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate assistance.

Additionally, we run a range of support programs established in response to, and fundamentally provides for, the mental health needs of CaLD clients of the service. The programs are not restricted to people with diagnosed mental illness. The make-up of the groups are deliberately open to allow participants to engage with community members in a safe and meaningful way. The calm and consistent nature of the classes allow participants who have mental health challenges to build trust, a sense of belonging and connectedness to the community and our experience has found strongly supports their journey to recovery.FMC runs the following programs which are open to all community members to attend.

  • Formal English classes 
  • Conversational English 
  • Weaving Class 
  • Relaxation and meditation class 
  • Beginners English classes 
  • Sewing and Tailoring classes 
  • Art classes with a trained art teacher 
  • Holiday programs for children 

The Mental Health Access Service is a free and confidential service covering the entire metropolitan area. We operate from offices located in Fremantle, Mirrabooka, East Perth and Rockingham.

You can access our service by completing the online referral form or by obtaining a hard copy from our reception. Referrals can be made by support agencies, health professionals, family, friends or yourself.

MHAS Referral form
Mental Health Package

This program is funded by the Mental Health Commission.

Useful Links
Looking for information about the Western Australian Association for Mental Health and training available? http://waamh.org.au/
Looking for information on mental health in multicultural Australia? http://www.mhima.org.au/
Are you a mental health professional looking to join a network and access online Training? http://www.mhpn.org.au/
Looking for information on the Mental Health Commission? http://www.mentalhealth.wa.gov.au/Homepage.aspx
Looking for information on SANE Australia? http://sane.org/
Looking for a service that provides torture and trauma counselling? http://www.asetts.org.au/
Looking for information on positive social change? http://www.actionforhappiness.org/