Alliance Against Depression

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.


  • WACHS WA Rural and Remote Mental Health Conference

    12 days ago
    Mental health conference

    October 2019 saw Albany host the 24th WA Rural and Remote Mental Health Conference which celebrated the theme "Moorditjabiny: Becoming Stronger".

    We are grateful to Professor Geoff Riley for his ongoing support and presenting with the Alliance Against Depression team on the first day of the conference. The 1 hour session was titled 'ID and Treatment of Depression in Primary Care and Alliance Against Depression' and drew on the content in the GP Training video which is freely available for local Alliances to use. The 45 minute video qualifies for self-directed learning in a GPs professional development plan.

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    October 2019 saw Albany host the 24th WA Rural and Remote Mental Health Conference which celebrated the theme "Moorditjabiny: Becoming Stronger".

    We are grateful to Professor Geoff Riley for his ongoing support and presenting with the Alliance Against Depression team on the first day of the conference. The 1 hour session was titled 'ID and Treatment of Depression in Primary Care and Alliance Against Depression' and drew on the content in the GP Training video which is freely available for local Alliances to use. The 45 minute video qualifies for self-directed learning in a GPs professional development plan.

    This conference is a key event for stakeholders who care about access to mental health services and the particular issues facing regional and remote communities. It provides an an opportunity for mental health professionals from across WA to participate in information sharing, training, upskilling and networking.

    Very humbling to participate in this important conversation and we look forward to following what initiatives come out of our WA country regions.

  • 2019 Linkwest People. Place. Partnerships Conference

    19 days ago
    Linkwest group shot

    Across 3 days representatives across 160 + Neighbourhood and Community Resource Centres located across WA came together to talk about the power of community.

    We were proud to take part and deliver an Alliance Against Depression workshop to provide participants a tool to engage with their community about depression and suicide. We had powerful conversations and each person walked away with one action they will take back to strengthen their community.

    We can't wait to hear some of the stories that come out of these communities.

    Across 3 days representatives across 160 + Neighbourhood and Community Resource Centres located across WA came together to talk about the power of community.

    We were proud to take part and deliver an Alliance Against Depression workshop to provide participants a tool to engage with their community about depression and suicide. We had powerful conversations and each person walked away with one action they will take back to strengthen their community.

    We can't wait to hear some of the stories that come out of these communities.

  • Rockingham AAD launches on World Mental Health Day

    29 days ago
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    The launch, opened by Reece Whitby (MLA, Baldivis) saw over 90 people coming together to be part of this initiative and share their personal stories while answering questions on gaps in service provision and their thoughts on how to improve treatment of depression. The feedback will be used to determine future focus for the Alliance.

    Among the speaks were people with lives experience, Youthovation, Youth Focus, Art Mindfulness for the Soul, Western Australian Homeless Advocate, Constable Care, Lifeline and the AAD Coordination Centre. It really saw people and organisations come together and not only showcase services available in Rockingham but...


    The launch, opened by Reece Whitby (MLA, Baldivis) saw over 90 people coming together to be part of this initiative and share their personal stories while answering questions on gaps in service provision and their thoughts on how to improve treatment of depression. The feedback will be used to determine future focus for the Alliance.

    Among the speaks were people with lives experience, Youthovation, Youth Focus, Art Mindfulness for the Soul, Western Australian Homeless Advocate, Constable Care, Lifeline and the AAD Coordination Centre. It really saw people and organisations come together and not only showcase services available in Rockingham but to develop a strategy as a united community.

    The Alliance now aims to meet once a month to connect local service providers and community members and, using the feedback from the launch, identify where there are needs that are currently not being met. The idea is to have a cohesive connection with service providers and community members that allows for a much better integration and knowledge about the services available in the community and better access for people struggling with depression.


  • Act-Belong-Commit welcome Belmont AAD as new partner

    about 1 month ago
    Abc   baad

    One of the first recommendations in the AAD Handbook is for a local Alliance to become an Act-Belong-Commit partner.

    Act-Belong-Commit aims to enhance population mental health by creating supportive environments that strengthen individual and community resilience. They do this by using a community-based social marketing model to build population mental health in Western Australia. A perfect partnership for the 'General Awareness' pillar in the AAD framework.

    The AAD Coordination Centre really encourage your local Alliance to contact Act-Belong-Commit about becoming a partner and start building strong local networks with like-minded organisations.

    Congratulations to Belmont Alliance Against Depression!

    One of the first recommendations in the AAD Handbook is for a local Alliance to become an Act-Belong-Commit partner.

    Act-Belong-Commit aims to enhance population mental health by creating supportive environments that strengthen individual and community resilience. They do this by using a community-based social marketing model to build population mental health in Western Australia. A perfect partnership for the 'General Awareness' pillar in the AAD framework.

    The AAD Coordination Centre really encourage your local Alliance to contact Act-Belong-Commit about becoming a partner and start building strong local networks with like-minded organisations.

    Congratulations to Belmont Alliance Against Depression!

  • Community interest in Busselton

    about 1 month ago
    Busselton meeting

    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...

    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

    about 2 months ago
    Eaad vc

    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.

    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

    2 months ago
    Waad   suicide prevention morning tea

    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...

    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

    2 months ago
    Waroona aad first meeting


    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...


    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

    3 months ago
    Health matters mag

    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.



    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

    3 months ago
    Songs of hope   abc

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


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