PERTH’S eastern suburbs of Ballajura and Beechboro have been chosen for a targeted national survey into mental health.
‘People connectors’ are going door-to-door from now until August to talk with locals about their mental health and link them with services in their area.
The two suburbs are two of 20 chosen around Australia, and the only two in Western Australia.
Local service provider HelpingMinds’ line manager Danielle Moore said the Assisting Communities Direct Connection (ACDC) project helps start conversations about mental health.
“Ballajura and Beechboro have a diverse population, and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on our mental health and wellbeing,” Ms Moore said.
“Overall, isolation is one of the biggest concerns raised by householders and knowing who and where to contact for support can be overwhelming.
“It is vital we continue to include community stakeholders in the development of infrastructure and services to meet their mental health and wellbeing needs.”
The City of Swan resident said she was passionate about building relationships in the local community.
“One of the very pleasing findings from people connectors across the country is that once some initial trust has been established at the door, people are generally very willing to talk about their well-being,” she said.
“People connectors are offering both the anonymity and the confidentiality that gives people a safe space and opportunity to share things that they might not even disclose to family and friends.”
For each of the communities visited throughout Australia, the ACDC Project will generate data and information about the reasons why people do not access support from local services.
The findings of the ACDC project evaluation report will contribute to discussions about funding for community managed mental health services in Australia, and how the mental health support needs of people in communities are delivered.