21 day "doing life together" HOPE PACKSubmitted by Lindy Gower
'You can live about 40 days without food, about 3 days without water, 8 minutes without air but … only for 1 second without hope’ – Hal Lindsay.
The "Better Together" 21 Day Hope Pack currently assists isolated sufferers of depression in the Adelaide Hills region. The Hope Pack created in 2013 after a "lived experience" offers 21 tangible ‘love’ letters that encourage positive scripture based affirmations and nutritional guidelines, supported by a BUDDY (better together) to help them socialise and realise their potential to contribute to community.
The funding will train and resource buddies who have (may have) had a lived experience of depression to support currently socially isolated sufferers in the Hills region using the 21 day Hope Pack resource.
Problem you're solving
Reducing the cycle of hospital admission for isolated sufferers of depression, as the BUDDY will visit, encourage and empower the sufferer to better manage their own health (better together). Every Friday there are free community activities available to them in three local hills churches. ("SHARE doing life together", has been running for 4 years in partnership with Adelaide Hills Community Mental Health Services and the Hope Pack is the resource and encouragement to underpin these programs).
Since the SHARE program started approx 25 people participate and there has only been 1 hospital admissions/re-admissions, 5 have become buddy's and 4 are back seeking employment or have began studying again. 3 have returned to paid employment.
The buddy also benefits in their own recovery through assisting other sufferers and forming RELATIONSHIPS. This further reduces the likelihood of relapse (evaluation by Country SA Health is available upon request).
Currently (on a shoe string) the project IS running. Clients referred to the health service are offered the pack after they are assessed and suitable for the program. The funding will greatly assist training many more desperately needed buddies. (2 pt time paid trainers) and assist resourcing those buddy's to drive their suffering friend to appointments, purchase healthy foods take them on outings etc as healing of isolated sufferers begins because of getting "better together".
Currently our partners are "SHARE doing life together"- a community initiative of Adelaide Hills Mental Health Service Mt Barker, and the generosity of the congregation of Sunset Rock Uniting Church, Stirling. This grassroots Hope Pack and buddy program would obviously be enhanced and reach further in our vast hills area where depression / suicide rates are higher than the national average (Beyond Blue stats -The Courier April 2 2014 p1). Global Care, also a current partner, will administer the funds over a period of 2 years.
Estimated funding required