Kwinana Alliance Against Depression
The Kwinana Alliance Against Depression, supported by the WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) is based on a European model that reduced suicide rates by 24%. The alliance, a grass roots movement and the first of its kind in WA, hopes to reduce suicide rates and encourage positive mental wellbeing by the use of 4 pillars. They are systematic mental health training of both community members and service providers, a stigma busting mental health campaign, fostering stronger connections between service providers and a focus on high risk groups and individuals. As part of this initiative, a monthly board games night has been formed. With support from MLA’s Roger Cook and Reece Whitby and local member Madeline King, we were able to purchase a range of board games and run our first 2 board games night’s at the Ken Jackman Hall, Darius Wells Building here in Kwinana.
For more information on the alliance check out the Alliance page here
First Board Games Night
The first board games night was well attended with over 20 people coming to enjoy an evening of board games and community participation.
We are now looking forward to the next Board Games night in July. Subscribe to our newsletter to get regular updates.
Passionate Lives has been asked by the WA Primary Health Alliance to be involved in spearheading a new initiative in Kwinana, WA.
Kwinana Alliance Against Depression (KAAD) is based on the European Alliance Against Depression which reduced the suicide rates by 24% using a multi layered approach to suicide prevention and mental health awareness.
KAAD aims to reduce suicide rates in Kwinana and improve the mental wellbeing of community members by engaging in the following four activities.
- increased access to, and improved identification and treatment of depression from primary care general practitioners and specialised mental health professionals;
- destigmatising depression, anxiety and talking about the prevention of suicide through a public awareness campaign;
- alliance and co-operation with community facilitators and stakeholders; and
- support for high-risk patients and their relatives.
Passionate Lives is passionate about community cohesion, collaboration and open dialogue around mental illness and suicide. We look forward to seeing you at our planned events. All events will be listed on our Facebook page and on this news page.