WA Mental Health Week Panel Discussion

Education Free Kids/Family Library Young people

Event Information

  • Date DATE
    14 October 2021
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  • Time TIME
    6 - 7.30PM
  • Location LOCATION
    South Perth Library
    Cnr Sangdate St & South Tce, South Perth
  • Cost COST
    Free, booking essential
  • Hosted by HOSTED BY
    City of South Perth Libraries

As part of WA Mental Health Week the City will be hosing a panel discussion with three people who have all experienced mental health issues in their lifetime and now advocate for young people.

The panel will discuss mental health issues for young people and make recommendations for family and carers who are concerned about mental health in general and adolescent mental health in particular.

The panel will be made up of Joanna Worthington, Matt Vapor and Kate Purcell.

This event is perfect for youth as well as parents and carers of youth.

About the Panellists

Joanna Worthington (Chair)

Joanna brings a wealth of experience as a mental health support worker who is very familiar with Mental Health Services across the Perth Metro area. She worked for over 9 years as a Peer Support Worker and Peer Mentor in mental health recovery and Lived Experience Coordinator for Suicide Prevention. Joanna’s extensive mental health recovery and early intervention training includes Mental Health Certificate 4, Pride in Practice (LGBTIQ Awareness), Self-Management and Recovery Tools (SMART) Facilitation Certificate, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitation Certificate, Flourish Facilitator Certificate (Peer led Recovery Program) and Laughter Yoga Training.

Matt Vapor

Matt has overcome many challenges in his life and wants to use them to help you change your life. He has overcome domestic abuse, dropping out of high school, homelessness, violence, addiction, super obesity and mental health issues. He has gone from being homeless with limited education to earning a Masters Degree and becoming a university lecturer.

Kate Purcell

Kate has published a book “Hope Calling” about her journey through the wilderness of mental health and self-exploration. Her tumultuous experiences with anorexia nervosa, anxiety and depression, and schizoaffective disorder are documented in detail, along with diary entries and clinical case notes. Her journey to recovery is outlined and there is also a section for wellness tools and advice. Kate will be selling signed copies of her book "Hope Calling" for $30 on the night.

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