The Mothers Support Program is a community based support service for mothers with dependent children residing in the inner city or lower north metro area, who experience or are at risk of experiencing mental health issues.
Services include individual assessment and care planning, outreach, information and referral, support and advocacy, counselling, art therapy and a number of group activities. The aim of this program is to enhance the emotional, social and psychological wellbeing of women, their children, and their families.
The program offers several group programs which include:
All of the programs are offered for free. Free childcare is provided for all the sessions.
Clinical experience, research and case studies.
1 B. Burdekin, 1993, Human Rights and Mental Illness, the Report of the National
Inquiry into the Human Rights of People with Mental Illness, AGPS, Canberra.
2 Merrilee Cox, 1994, Good Practices in Women's Mental Health training and resource kit.
Healthsharing Women's Health Resource Service, Melbourne.
3 Rosemary Moore, 1992, ?Mental illness and sex-role stereotyping? in Healthsharing Women,
4 C. Moebray, D. Oyserman and S. Ross, 1995, ?Parenting and the significance of children for
women with a serious mental illness? in The Journal of Mental Health Administration, 22:2.
5 ARAFMI, Western Australia, A Booklet for Young People About Mental Illness.
6 WA Association for Mental Health, 1995, Losing the Statistics on Drug Abuse in
AustrTwentieth Century Blues. WAAMH, Perth.
7 Department of Human Services and Health, 1994, alia 1994. AGPS, Canberra.
Referral is via a health professional or women can self-refer. Clients must be attached to a GP or other health service and reside within the inner city or lower north metro region.