About WAMSS Mental Health
WAMSS Mental Health (formerly known as Students Passionate About Mental Health) is a group of medical students at the University of Western Australia (UWA) founded in 2011 and dedicated to raising awareness about the link between mental health, general health and wellbeing.
Our aims are:
To reduce public stigma against mental illness and psychiatry.
To promote preventative measures to assist with student wellbeing.
To empower medical students to be effective advocates for mental health patients and professionals.
We aim to offer a variety of events to address these aims. They range from stimulating academic and awareness evenings like our expert Q&A Panels, to informal self-care opportunities such as our karaoke nights.
In 2017, WAMSS Mental Health was proud to have launched a new initiative called Hear\Say. Hear\Say has provided an online platform for medical students to openly discuss mental health and self-care in medicine, and has also formed the basis of our first collaboration with TEDxUWA, titled TEDxUWA:Hear\Say. The event featured range of expert speakers, discussing topics ranging from the culture towards mental health in medicine to mental health and the power of reflection in artistic expression.
We help to implement the initiatives of the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) Mental Health Campaign at a local level, and also work with the UWA Guild, the UWA School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, and local organisations.
We work at the level of the medical, student, and general communities, and are always excited to hear ideas and feedback.
You can find out more about the AMSA Mental Health Campaign here
We look forward to continued success this year!