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.


  • Community interest in Busselton

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    07 Oct 2019
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    It all started with one person. Mental Health First Aid Trainer Pauline (ex mental health clinician), heard of AAD through her networks. Using the stakeholder mapping resource Pauline reached out to recommended organisations in Busselton.

    The first community meeting from that EOI, had representatives from Shire of Busselton, headspace, Lamp Inc, The Paperbark Project, Youth Care School Chaplain program, South West Community Alcohol and Drug Service (SWCADS) and local Mental Health First Aid Trainers around the table. AAD Trainer Maya, presented an introduction to AAD and the group had a robust discussion about what this would mean from them and who else needs to be involved.

    They have already scheduled their next meeting this month to discuss next steps which will see more local parties involved.

    We look forward to seeing how the Busselton proceed and it was also great to hear how passionate this community already is.


  • Catching up with the EAAD

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    17 Sep 2019
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    The AAD Coordination Centre had a great catch up with Juliane from the EAAD and Ines from the Germany AAD. We were sharing ideas about we can better support our local Alliances here in WA.

    The EAAD are always so excited to hear our updates and are continuously impressed with the level of enthusiasm happening locally.

    A small reminder how lucky we are to be a part of this global network.

  • World Suicide Prevention Day - Waroona Alliance Against Depression

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    12 Sep 2019
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    The Shire of Waroona held an event at the Waroona Memorial Hall on Tuesday 10th September to raise awareness for World Suicide Prevention Day.

    A fantastic, free community event promoting local awareness and focusing attention on the importance of mental health and accessing primary mental health care by offering easy access to information.

    Attendees were offered relevant and important information from stallholders including GP Down South, Zero2Hero, family Support Services, Passionate Lives, songs of hope and Compassionate Friends.

    Guests enjoyed outstanding vocal entertainment performed by Songs of Hope, where several people sang original songs describing their own personal mental health journey which was very inspiring.

  • Inaugral Meeting - Waroona Alliance Against Depression

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    03 Sep 2019
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    On Thursday 29 August 2019 the Waroona Shire hosted the inaugural meeting to discuss the Waroona Alliance Against Depression.

    The first meeting at the Waroona Community Resource Centre had an impressive 17 people from 10 different agencies, groups and individuals attend, showing the Waroona community’s level of commitment to the Alliance and wellbeing of their community.

    Representatives from the Harvey Medical group, Compassionate Friends, Family Support Services, Quambie Park Aged Care, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Waroona District High School, WA Primary Health Alliance, Waroona Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation, South West Aboriginal Medical Service and the Shire of Waroona attended. It is anticipated that the group will meet on a monthly basis with more members welcome.

    A perfect example of a diverse and broad stakeholder group. Alliance Against Depression Trainer, Maya Cherian from WA Primary Health Alliance presented to the group with an introduction to the EAAD and framework.

    Congratulations to the community of Waroona we can't wait to see what comes next from this passionate community.

  • Health Matters August 2019 – Self Advocacy and Peer Support

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    07 Aug 2019
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    Enhancing self-help skills and improving access to peer support is part of the aim within the 'Patient, high-risk groups and relatives' pillar of the AAD Framework.

    The August edition of Health Consumers' Council magazine features Alliance Against Depression and also provides some useful information and synergies that could contribute to a local Alliance.

    Read Health Matters online.



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  • Songs of Hope in the news

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    31 Jul 2019
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    Great to see the Kwinana Alliance Against Depression gaining traction within its community in raising awareness of and taking action on depression and suicide.


  • “Under the Guise of Burnout” - Expert Statement

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    15 Jul 2019
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    When discussing the revised version of the International Classification of Diseases, ICD-11, the World Health Organization has clearly defined burnout as a syndrome related to stress at work for the first time. However, one needs to be careful with the terminology, as the word “burnout” often conceals and trivializes a severe and life-threatening disorder – depression. Prof. Ulrich Hegerl, EAAD president, has published an expert statement on this matter:

  • Better health, together: Social Connectedness

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    13 Jun 2019

    In May's Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats to Chorus CEO, Dan Minchin about loneliness and the social connectedness pilot we have funded in the Mandurah area. The pilot will look into and address the barriers people have to accessing community services, with the aim of better linking primary and community care.


  • Better health, together: Depression looks different for everybody

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    13 Jun 2019

    In this month’s Better health, together video, WA Primary Health Alliance CEO, Learne Durrington chats with Principal Advisor and Research Director, Dr Danny Rock about depression and our recent campaign to bring about awareness of this common mental health condition.

    WA Primary Health Alliance have launched an important campaign, Depression looks different for everybody, which aims to raise awareness of depression, encourage people to talk about their feelings and urge them to seek help.The campaign captures personal stories of depression as mini documentaries and in artworks to help people recognise the symptoms of this mental health condition that impacts about 1 million Australians each year.Four Western Australians are featured, and local artists were commissioned to produce paintings to demonstrate that depression looks different for everybody.The result is a powerful approach that aims to help people recognise depression if it comes up in their lives, or in someone they know, and direct them to insidemymind.org.au(External link) where they can find useful information on depression and how to get help.


  • Kwinana Alliance Against Depression Games Night

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    08 Jun 2018

    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.