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New WA Meth Helpline provides free support

For more information, contact Dave Grills (Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region).

The State Government has launched a dedicated, free Meth Helpline to expand the fight against methamphetamine use in Western Australia.

 

Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Dave Grills MLC said the important service was another initiative of the $14.9 million Western Australian Meth Strategy announced in this year's State Budget.

 

“Meth is a scourge and it is tragic to see people in our communities suffer as a result of this terrible drug,” Mr Grills said.

 

“I urge people with meth-related issues to call the Meth Helpline and talk with the professional counsellors about the treatment and support services available to them.”

 

The Mental Health Commission has allocated $300,000 over two years for this dedicated helpline to provide telephone counselling, information and referral services for anyone concerned about their own, or another person's meth use.

 

Mr Grills said the Minister for Mental Health had heard the “desperate stories of parents and others at public forums across the State in recent months, asking where to get help and information”.

 

“The helpline is where they can get the assistance they need and access services that may potentially be life-changing,” Mr Grills said.

 

“Helpline counsellors are professional and non-judgemental and will work with people who are concerned about their own meth use, or that of someone else.”

 

Nationals WA Candidate for the Kimberley Rob Houston said parents, families and friends were encouraged to get support through the 24/7 helpline.

 

“Helpline counsellors can link parents and other family members to a network of trained parent volunteers who have experienced their own child's alcohol or drug use,” Mr Houston said.

 

The Meth Helpline also provides support via email and the live chat online messaging service.

 

The Western Australian Meth Strategy includes funding for 60 dedicated meth withdrawal and rehabilitation beds, a specialist meth clinic, placement of specialist nursing resources in hospital emergency departments and expanded school drug education.

 

For meth help call 1800 874 878 or visit http://drugaware.com.au

 

For media enquiries contact Dave Grills MLC on (08) 9071 500 or email dave.grills@mp.wa.gov.au