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.
In 2021, we are supported by the Doctors' Health Advisory Service (DHASWA) who aim to promote, educate and protect the health of doctors and medical students in WA. Their services include a 24/7 telephone advice line for doctors in need of help or wanting to speak with a DHAS WA doctor 08 9321 3098.
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 salsa dancing nights.
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.
We look forward to continued success this year!