The state government has launched a free around-the-clock Meth Helpline to expand the fight against methamphetamine use in Western Australia.
Part of an extra $14.9 million for the WA Meth Strategy announced in this year's state budget, the service will provide counselling for those struggling with the drug and their families.
“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,” mental health minister Andrea Mitchell said.
“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.”
Ms Mitchell said she had been listening to the stories of parents and others at public forums across the state in recent months, asking where to get help and information.
“Now I can simply say 'call the helpline' and know that the start of something potentially life-changing is just one phone call away for people,” she said.
“It's important to remember that it helps to get help.
“No matter what the circumstances, helpline counsellors will be there to listen and provide help and support.”
Helpline counsellors were professional and non-judgemental and would work with people who are concerned about their own meth use or that of someone else, Ms Mitchell said.
Parents, families and friends were encouraged to get support through the helpline.
Helpline counsellors could also link parents and other family members to a network of trained parent volunteers who have experienced their own child's alcohol or drug use.
The Meth Helpline would also provide support via email and the live chat online messaging service.
The Western Australian Meth Strategy also included 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 go to drugaware.com.au.