The Kwinana Alliance Against Depression (KAAD) is a grass roots alliance. This means that’s it’s the members of the public that will make this work.
KAAD is fully supported by the WA Primary Health Alliance who seeks to look for a contextualised response within the community. We believe that this response must come from the community itself.
KAAD was formed by two Kwinana community members whose passion lies in connecting our community as a way of reducing isolation and mental health problems. Lauren and Trys will co-ordinate the alliance in collaboration with existing services and individuals who are passionate about supporting our community.
Trys is a Mental Health First Aid Trainer with lived experience of depression and suicide loss. He has over 10 years’ experience in community services in particular within mental health and is currently studying for a Degree in behavioural studies.
Lauren is an experienced youth worker and trainer in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and safeTALK and has a Batchelor’s Degree in Sociology. She is heavily involved in Kwinana in Transition and a number of other community organisations within Kwinana.
Our goal is to have a community that knows what support is available for anyone experiencing depression and/or suicidal behaviour and has easy seamless access to this support. The support is continually improving and the community and services work together to provide this support.
• Educating doctors and mental health practitioners to be able to identify people with depression and/or suicidal thoughts
• Awareness raising of mental health, depression and suicidal ideation
• Training for general community
• Connecting and supporting people to link in with professionals as well as community groups.
• Mentoring cultural groups to provide training
• Establishing a postvention plan for the community