Alliance Against
Depression

Improving care and support for people affected by depression.

The Alliance Against Depression (AAD) is a community-led initiative promoting the improved treatment and care of people affected by depression to improve their quality of life, and the wellbeing of the community.

The Alliance Against Depression framework was first developed and tested in Europe, and is now recognised as the world-leading practice. The model provides a mechanism for unlocking the power that exists in local communities to improve the care of people affected by depression and in doing so prevent suicide.

The initial implementation in trial region of Nuremberg resulted in a 24% reduction in suicide and attempted suicides over a two-year period.

The Imagined Futures Alliance Against Depression (IFAAD) was formed with the collective goal of implementing the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD) framework in Western Australia across our three local government areas of Cockburn, Fremantle and Melville.

Establishing a local AAD brings community stakeholders together to work on targeted activities such as:

  • Public awareness campaigns to reduce the stigma associated with depression;
  • Support for high-risk groups, patients and their families;
  • Localised training for health professionals;
  • Education activities on depression and suicide for community members and leaders;
  • Strengthening strategies to enable help seeking behaviour and to ensure people know that depression can be treated.

The true success of the framework rests on integrating the delivery of activities across all four pillars.

Four Pillars of AAD

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Mental Health Support Resource

The Mental Health Support Resource is for people living in the areas of Cockburn, Fremantle, and Melville. This free Resource brings key information in one place including crisis lines, local face to face services, vetted telephone and online supports, and contacts for community navigators. The Resource is for individuals and families or people supporting others. Services listed are free or low-cost and do not need referrals. These services may complement GP’s advice or any other mental health services waiting to be accessed.

To access the Mental Health Support Resource follow these steps:

  1. Using a phone, text the word Wellbeing4Me to 0488 884 151.
  2. You will receive a link to the App and resource via text.
  3. Tap on the link to access.
  4. If you don’t already have the Access My Community App, you will be directed to your application app e.g. Google Play or App
    Store.
  5. Once the Access My Community App is downloaded, open the App to see the tile, Mental Health Support: Cockburn,
    Fremantle and Melville.