Our Vision & Mission Statement

Our Mission

  • To support you in creating a ‘culture of well-being’ where mental health is prioritised through prevention and early intervention. 
  • To educate in the foundations of mental health and wellness.
  • To consult with and provide a comprehensive data-base of mental health resources to make it easy to reach out and find help when needed and to connect with wellness activities.

Our Team

Sydel Weinstein

Our Master Trainer & Founder

Jennifer Parker

Administration & Research

We are Growing

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A little more about us

Master Trainer in Mental Health First Aid

  • Sydel Weinstein our Master Trainer is accredited with MHFA Australia and has over 13 years of experience conducting Mental Health First Aid Trainings in Western Australia, being one of the first to train in WA when MHFA was newly established.  
  • Sydel has visited a wide variety of workplaces from corporate, government departments, schools, non-profits  and has become very passionate about promoting mental health and wellness in the workplace.
  • Sydel is a Sociologist, Mental Health Educator, Trauma Informed Body Therapist, Senior Yoga Teacher & Mindfulness Facilitator. 
  • Sydel founded  the Mental Health Station in 2005.

Administration & Research

The Mental Health Station is immensely grateful for the ongoing contribution and work of Jennifer Parker in the area of administration and research over the past seven years. Jennifer is an invaluable part of the Mental Health Station and its team.

Our History

The Mental Health Station grew out of a recognition by its founder Sydel Weinstein and the client base at the Home of Yoga  and Family Nurturing Centre  of the importance of raising mental health awareness and of the need for accessible mental health training that was practical in nature and also promoted compassionate listening as an essential skill for mental health support. 


Sydel and her partner established the Home of Yoga and Family Nurturing Centre in 1985. It became clear that a majority of persons were seeking yoga for mental health reasons as substantiated in a national survey 'Yoga in Australia: Penman, 2008. Through their work supporting parents and new families, which also included a parenting helpline for many years, the need for mental health education and practical knowledge on how to support persons in distress became acutely apparent. 


Sydel had a long term interest in Mental Health due to childhood experiences witnessing the suffering of her parents who both experienced trauma, depression and psychosis. This led to research and exploration by Sydel into the area of mental health and wellness. Sydel completed a Sociology degree with a major in the Sociology of Psychiatry and travelled to the US, Europe and Asia to deepen her studies. Areas of specific interest included workplace wellness, trauma, attachment, childhood development, mindfulness and trauma informed body therapies.


In 2003 Sydel  over heard Betty Ann Kitchener AM an Australian mental health educator who founded mental health first aid  being interviewed on Radio National about her newly created program and knew this would be an excellent training to make available  to the workplaces, communities and families of Western Australia. 


In 2004 the first Instructor Training in MHFA was conducted in WA and Sydel completed accreditation as a Standard trainer, later adding Youth MHFA and going on to become a Master Trainer


The Mental Health Station was founded in 2005. 

(See below for our mission statement)


Over 13 years of conducting trainings Sydel has visited a wide variety of workplaces from corporate, government departments, schools, non-profits  and has become very passionate about promoting mental health and wellness in the workplace. 


Sydel has a wealth of experience that brings a depth and compassion to her trainings,:

  • As a senior yoga teacher, teaching trauma informed yoga for trauma, anxiety and depression.
  • As an experienced mindfulness trainer (trained in MBSR with Jon Kabat-Zinn 2009) and teaching mindfulness and meditation for over 30 years, 
  • Supporting new parents in Mindfulness Based Attachment and the Foundations of Mental Health and Well Being for over 30 years.
  • As a carer for her mother over a 10 year time period who received a diagnosis of Complex Dementia with psychosis.
  • Pivotal in shaping Sydel's interest and experience base was her time working as a Trauma Informed Body Therapist for almost 5 years at ASeTTS with refugees and survivors of torture and trauma. Here Sydel played a key developmental role in pioneering  a Holistic Trauma Informed Model of Body Therapy
  • Sydel now offers this work as a Trauma Informed Body Therapist privately through Heart Space Body Therapy and through an educational program  currently in development Trauma Informed Communities
  • Aligned with this is an expertise and interest in Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma, Resilience and Self Care and Workplace Wellness.

 





Why the Train?

The train has always been a part of our history

For one the Mental Health Station (MHS) is located and have always been located next to a train station.  In the Family Nurturing Centre which predated the MHS we play a train game and sing a train song in our parent and child support classes . Yearly as a community we ride the 'World Breastfeeding Week Train' into Perth CBD to celebrate WABA's International World Breastfeeding Week. 

The train has always been a symbol of connection and community for the Family Nurturing Centre and it seemed  therefore a natural extension to integrate the train into our MHS Logo, symbolising accessibility, hope and connection.

Why the Flannel Flower?

The Flannel Flower is the Australian symbol for mental health

Did you know the Flannel Flower is the Australian symbol for mental health awareness? That is why you see the Flannel Flower on so many logos and websites on mental health like ours!  


"The  Australian bush has an inherent beauty and strength. It is also known  for its extremes of weather and landscape. Varieties of the Flannel  Flower are commonly found growing wild in the bush throughout Australia.  The Flannel Flower, as with all native Australian plants, needs to be adaptable and enduring in order to survive.In the same way all of us,  regardless of our life circumstances, develop resilience and the ability  to adapt to change, in order to maintain good mental health. 


Being open and empathetic to a person’s expression of distress can assist in  the recovery of a person living with mental illness and change the negative attitudes of our society as a whole." 

Ian White  Mental Health Council of Australia