Mental health on the agenda for local governments

Mental health on the agenda for local governments
4 June 2021

Innovative forum in Kwinana brings mental health experts together with local governments in Perth’s south.

The Local Government Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum was held on 26 May at Darius Wells Library and Community Resource Centre with more than 50 people attending.

The South Metropolitan Health Service, in partnership with the Mental Health Commission, gathered local governments across the south metropolitan region to optimise mental health and wellbeing at a local level.

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said this forum was the result of a fantastic partnership between local government, the South Metropolitan Health Service and the Mental Health Commission.

“Local governments are making an important contribution towards supporting optimal mental health and wellbeing in the community,” Mayor Adams said.

“So many aspects of community life from urban planning, parks and facilities, transport to healthy environments, social supports and community participation have an impact on mental health and wellbeing in places where we live, work and play,” she said.

The South Metropolitan Health Service’s Health Promotion Manager Richard Crane said the Health Service was working closely with local government and key agencies on a range of evidence- based and evidence-informed mental health promotion and prevention initiatives and programs.

"Creating supportive environments that support mental health allows people to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles,” Mr Crane said.

Caption: City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams, Katie Gallagher, of the Mental Health Commission with Richard Crane, Anthony Collier and Lynn Warren, of the South Metropolitan Health Service, and City of Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams.