Good mental health is fundamental to the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. Primary care plays an important role in contributing to their improved outcomes. A robust and integrated primary care sector can provide the foundation for more effective and efficient mental health care for our community.

As part of our approach to mental health, WAPHA has become the first Australian National Chapter of the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD).

The EAAD is a global framework providing a community based approach targeting depression and the prevention of suicide. WAPHA has accepted the evidence that the identification and treatment of depression and anxiety leads to a reduction in suicidal behaviour within a community.

This four-level-intervention framework is based on the successful experiences from the model region of Nuremberg (The Nuremberg Alliance Against Depression) which resulted in a reduction of suicidal acts (-24% in two years) by implementing the four-levelled approach.

The EAAD provides a framework for WAPHA to work in partnership with communities to coordinate and integrate approaches to the prevention of suicide and treatment of depression. The strength of the EAAD approach focuses on the collective intervention formed within community.

More information on WAPHA’s strategic framework for the EAAD is available in our mental health reform strategy document.

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