Authors: Central Coast Area Health Service
Event: 1998 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Bronze
Award category: Prevention, Health Promotion or Health Education Project
Abstract: Dumping Depression is a health promotion project designed to enhance resiliance to depression in 15-18 year olds. The project is an initiative of the Division of Mental Health in partnership with the Youth Health Service, the Health Promotion Unit and the Dumping Depression Youth Advisory Group. The campaign was developed in response to the World Health Organisation's prediction that depression will be the greatest cause of morbidity and mortality by the year 2020. It is based on the UK 'Defeat Depression' campaign and was developed locally in consultation with young people and other service providers. The project has involved strategies such as using young designers to create resource material, establishing a Youth Advisory Group, and advertising material for parents on shopper dockets. Description of Facility/Organisation: The Central Coast Area Health Service provides the Gosford and Wyong Local Government Areas with public hospital and community health services. The area served is approximately 50kms long and 40kms wide and hosts a population of 270,000 people.