Perth Active Depression Support Group Monthly Magazine
Welcome to the first monthly newsletter for the Perth Active Depression Support group. Here I will provide information on how the group has progressed from its beginnings and what has been happening.
What a start
I was very surprised and excited at the same time to see that we had 100 members sign up through the meetup group before we hosted the first event. This inaugural month featured an array of events from playing uno, swimming, ten pin bowling, nature walks, TED talks and enjoying a game of cards against humanity over churros and chocolate. I want to formally thank everyone who participated in this first month.
Winners at Victoria Park Neighbourhood SOUP
One of the most brilliant things to come out of this month was that we were successful in receiving an $890 crowd funded community grant thanks to Victoria Park Neighbourhood SOUP, which is run by the Victoria Park Collective. I decided to donate a quarter of this grant to GenWHY depression support group as $890 was far too much for our needs. I have spent about $100 of the grant since and will spend it on cost effective capital products as new ideas for events pop up through the year.
The other advantage of winning this event were the connections that I made with the Victoria Park community. I met with the council to learn about recreational facilities and other items we could use with this group. Next month i will be checking a co working space in the area as well as the farmer markets and I will be aiming to base as many events as I can due to the centrality of the area.
The gold coin donation policy
One initiative I've decided to implement in this group as a way of covering the costs levied by Meetup, which amount to $15 USD/month, is to have a voluntary gold coin donation system at meetups. I personally feel I get more than enough value by incurring this cost, which is why it's voluntary.
My goal in collecting this though is to invest back into the group by purchasing recreational and other products that I can enhance this group with. I also want to run contests and give gifts back as a way of giving back to this community.
If you could spare some change at a meetup it would be much appreciated. It will come back to you in a good way hopefully.
Looking for new organisers
My goal in running this meetup group is that I want it to be a collaborative effort. I believe I am not the only one who wants to connect with people who are battling mental health issues.
I would like to particularly thank C3L Business Breakfasts, my fellow TEDxPerth-er Lain Duong & my friend Lee Dhepnorrarat for becoming the first few new organisers for the group.
If you are interested in being an organiser, and can commit to 2 events per month (either during the week or the weekend) please email me your resume and cover letter to PerthADSG@icloud.com. If successful I will organise a coffee catchup or Skype catchup and we can grow this group together.
One decision I made during this month was to have competitions as part of this group. For this month I have decided to give out A collection of 9 square magnets featured on the @PerthADSG instagram feed (based on my love of photography).
To enter all you need to do is to email me on PerthADSG@iCloud.com with the subject "#PerthADSGJuneComp" to confirm your entry. The competition closes Sunday 10 July. Winner will be determined at random using a random number generator through Microsoft Excel. Good Luck
Some of the events that w have scheduled include playing Balderdash, a photography treasure hunt, Timezone arcade games, park running and a pot luck lunch. I'll also will be looking into scheduling more events in the Vic Park area and making connections in the local community. My goal is to have a regular alternating function of the 2nd and last Saturday of the month. Hope to see you at a meetup soon.
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My name is Rahul Seth. I work for a not for profit as an accountant. I love Tennis, cycling and Formula 1 and am heavily into photography. I also suffer from bipolar disorder.
I started this meetup group as a way to connect with people who are going through similar battles. While there are many support groups in the community that provide thereaputic support, there aren't many where you can connect with people on a social level who are going though a similar battle.
I aim to foster friendship, connection and community engagement through this group. If you are going through battles feel free to join and be part of the fun.
Photos in this magazine
All photos in this magazine are taken by myself. Click the link below to see more of my work.