Alliance Against Depression

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The Alliance Against Depression tagline: Mental Health is Everyone's Business

Good mental health is fundamental to the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

The strong link between depression and suicide requires a focus on improving access to primary mental health care for all people. This can be achieved by raising awareness of depression, by increasing the number of people who seek treatment and by reducing stigma around depression and suicide.

The Alliance Against Depression (AAD) is an approach based on evaluated trials and is recognised as the world’s best practice for the care of people with depression and in the prevention of suicidal acts. The initial implementation of

Good mental health is fundamental to the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

The strong link between depression and suicide requires a focus on improving access to primary mental health care for all people. This can be achieved by raising awareness of depression, by increasing the number of people who seek treatment and by reducing stigma around depression and suicide.

The Alliance Against Depression (AAD) is an approach based on evaluated trials and is recognised as the world’s best practice for the care of people with depression and in the prevention of suicidal acts. The initial implementation of the framework in the trial region of Nuremberg (The Nuremberg Alliance Against Depression) resulted in a 24% reduction of suicidal acts within a two-year period.

The AAD Coordination Centre at WA Primary Health Alliances supports local Alliances with resources, tools, and case studies. These support materials are informed by the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD) Coordination Centre in Germany and from other alliances globally.


The Alliance Against Depression Framework

Anyone can start an Alliance

All local Alliances start with a small number or people wanting to improve the mental health and well-being of their community. Those ‘initiators’ then follow three stages to work with networks across the community to prepare, plan and implement their local Alliance.


  • Kwinana Alliance Against Depression Games Night

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    about 2 years ago

    WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) is excited to see the local support being generated in Kwinana, one of the first community Alliances being supported by the Alliance Against Depression Coordination Centre at WAPHA.
  • Social Media Campaign Supports Young People in Rockingham-Peel-Kwinana

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    about 2 years ago

    One of the elements of the Alliance Against Depression framework is use of media.

    WAPHA has worked with young people aged 16-24 to create messages and choose images for the purpose of raising awareness and reducing stigma associated with depression

    The Rockingham-Peel-Kwinana region targeted social media campaign will run during May and June, with messages including:

    Talk to someone you trust about how you’re feeling today. Find out how to start a conversation: bit.ly/Think-Mental-Health-support

    Helplines:

    eheadspace 1800 650 890

    Lifeline WA 13 11 14


    The campaign messages have been seen at least once by over 27,596 people in the first two weeks.






  • Perth South Suicide Prevention Trial: Community Response Working Group

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    over 2 years ago

    Perth Suicide Prevention Trial Site has been funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health as part of a national initiative to reduce suicides. The Perth South Suicide Prevention Trial: Community Response Working Group is led from a group of passionate individuals and agencies in the Rockingham area. The working group aims to identify ways to reduce depression and suicidality within this age group in order to decrease the number of deaths by suicide and help identify key interventions for Youth at Risk that will inform future legislation, reform and strategy.

    The 'closed' networking page for members of the Response Working Group can be accessed here. To find out more about the group and ways you can support work in the Rockingham-Peel-Kwinana region please contact alliance@wapha.org.au