Adult Mental Health & Wellbeing
Jun 15, 2018 12:30 PM
Amanda Stephenson & Allan Campbell
Adult Mental Health & Wellbeing

Amanda was diagnosed with depression at the age of 27 and experienced first-hand the gap in services for adults aged over 25 dealing with depression and anxiety in Perth. Amanda overcame her own mental illness and then founded GenWHY?, now Bluebird in 2009, to ensure no other adults experiencing mental illness would have to struggle alone.

Bluebird is a grass roots charity working the area early intervention, suicide prevention and recovery support services. Bluebird offers a unique and much needed service.

Bluebird is the only organisation in WA dedicated to running support groups facilitated by registered psychologists specifically for over adults 25’s. Bluebird provides a cost effective community-based solution to the rising burden of mental health illnesses on the WA Health System and broader economy. Bluebird is a small mental health charity with a big vision, to ‘To be Australia’s leading provider of psychologist led, peer supported services championing adult mental health and wellbeing’. Bluebird has to date achieved a great deal with very little providing support groups to over 400 individuals last year from their Fremantle and Perth CBD locations.

Allan Campbell is an experienced business executive in both the private and NFP sectors with a strong background in business transformation and growth strategy development. As an independent consultant Allan has worked with a number of high profile international organisations to develop their strategic planning and risk management structures to drive positive growth and stakeholder engagement. Allan’s aim is to expand Bluebird’s reach and maximise the positive impact the organisation has on its members, whilst ensuring the group’s long term viability and integration within the mental health sector. Allan joined the board as chairman in 2016.

Amanda Stephenson was always a positive motivated young woman with drive and determination to make a difference. She never expected to experience depression and start her own charity to help other adults with mental illness, however the community need called for action. Amanda has worked in Perth, South Africa and the UK in roles covering HR, payroll, finance, project administrator and most recently as an executive assistant to senior leaders in WA. This variety of roles and experience has ensured Amanda the breadth of skills and capability to manage the operations and funding of Bluebird for the last 8 years along with a team of volunteers and a committed board of directors. Amanda shares her personal story, in a candid and honest way to  increase the understanding of, and raise awareness of adult mental illness in our community, to promote active mental health management and most importantly to generate hope that together we can change the face of mental illness in WA.