Even before COVID-19 increasing rates of mental illness were a concern in our community with depression being one of the most commonly experienced forms of mental illness. Before the pandemic, the Black Dog Institute estimated that 1 in 7 people experience the condition in their lifetime.
After the emergence of COVID-19 this staggering number of people has worsened. Crisis support agencies have reported a surge in demand with calls to their services increasing by more than 20% as compared to pre-COVID times. Imagined Futures is tackling this concerning trend by adopting a proven, community-led framework called the Alliance Against Depression (AAD).