Welcome to a new year
Welcome to the 2017 edition of the Perth Active Depression Support Group Newsletter. We have refreshed the newsletter and are starting off from scratch. Going forward, we will be rolling forward each month with new content until we hit our final edition in December. To read the 2016 annual, our inaugural year (we only operated for 7 months) please click on the link below
This month featured an array of events. We started by playing Balderdash at Dome Cockburn Central. We had a go at Basketball in Victoria Park, a walk around Lake Monger, Pokemon Go in Kings Park, A music quiz in Como, a walk along the beaches of Cottesloe & Rockingham, played a card version of Monopoly in Leederville and ran our monthly board games night. Lisa from Sound meditation Perth also ran 2 sessions out of the East Victoria Park Family and Community Centre
We also collaborated with Recovery Rocks Community Inc to run a joint board games session with them. Recovery rocks is a support group community that is based in Cockburn and provides therapeutic mental health support every Monday at Dome Cockburn Central between 4:30pm-6pm. They support a recovery based model. For details on the group please check the link below
On 9th January 2017 we inducted Anthea, Danielle, Michaela & Rachel into to Perth Active Depression Support Group as our interns. These wonderful people have committed to volunteering over the next 6 months with us and in return I'm hoping to pass on the knowledge, skills and networks I've developed with this group so they can go on to do similar activities in their own pursuits.
If this program is successful I will be running it again in July to December this year. Keep an eye out for this interesting opportunity.
Australia Day Citizenship & Awards ceremony from the Town of Victoria Park
One achievement I am proud to announce that our group has won is an Australian Day award from the Town of Victoria Park for services to the community. The award was presented to me by the mayor of Victoria Park, Trevor Vaughan & former West Australian of the year Professor Lyn Beazley AO. The ceremony featured a moving welcome to the country by Shaun Nannup, speeches by the mayor, Lyn Beazley & the local member of parliament Ben Wyatt & saw a number of community members become citizens on the day.
This award would not be possible without the support of you as members so I want to dedicate it to you. Thank you for all yours support since we started. It's been a phenomenal journey & one I'm very proud of.
Save the date: 1st year birthday party
Something that I have been having in the pipeline for the past few months is our first major event: a birthday party celebrating a years worth of achievements. On Thursday June 1, a year since we formed, we will be holding an event at LeisureLife in East Victoria Park. There will be the following at the event:
- Laughter yoga
- Percussion music
- Mental health entrepreneurs
- Food and drink
- And most importantly... CAKE & BALLOONS!
For now just keep the date in mind & follow the Facebook event in the link below for more information. We hope to release more detail in March.
600 member mark
At the end of this month we reached over 600 members on Meetup. This is phenomenal support & I am so grateful to have you all as part of this journey. Hope to see you at a Meetup soon.
Progression toward becoming a not for profit entity
At the end of 2016 we won a significant Pay It Forward grant from Connect Groups WA and the Mental Health Commission to incorporate as a not for profit organisation. This month we approached interested parties to join the board and are having a big meeting on February 1 to brainstorm ideas and find a suitable set of candidates willing to carry them out. We also met with Lawyers of Squire Patton Boggs to outline the process of getting a constitution for the group.
The benefits of incorporating is that we will be able to extend our reach of goals to our members and to integrate with the WA mental health sector as a whole. We will keep you informed of how we are progressing through our newsletter.
I'm looking forward to making the most of the remaining month of summer. Progressing this group into a not for profit will be exciting behind the scenes. I'm looking forward to seeing what the interns do in the month going forward with running their own meetups.
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Act Belong Commit
Perth Active Depression Support Group is a proud partner of Act Belong Commit. For more on their message visit their website
About our founder
My name is Rahul Seth. I work for a mental health provider as annoutreach support worker. 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.