21 day "doing life together" HOPE PACK

Submitted by Lindy Gower File

'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).

Your solution

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

$35,000

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Jason Spiteri

03 Nov 2014

Thanks Lindy for your leadership and work. Everyone at some point is touched by depression, and not always directly. Many will benefit from this.

Carol Aldous

03 Nov 2014

An amazing idea with the potential to transform many lives. I definitely vote for this one!

Haydn Cutting

02 Nov 2014

A wonderful undertaking Lindy, so deserving of support for the many people affected.

sara ventura

02 Nov 2014

Hi Linda, What a great idea and support for those who need it.. You have our vote..

Sara Shahin

01 Nov 2014

Good Luck with this Ms Gower :) It's a really great idea and you're doing a wonderful job! xx

Millie davey > Sara Shahin

01 Nov 2014

Well done Lindy for producing an innovative resource that provides holistic support that helps people to help people.

sarah Dridan > Sara Shahin

01 Nov 2014

What a wonderful idea and very in line with the "doing it together" . Lets Pray that others see the value of this and vote for its progression.
Peace
Sarah

Rosalee Cearns > Sara Shahin

01 Nov 2014

This is a great support for people going through depression, providing someone to be there and not doing it alone. A problem shared is a problem halved with the right person beside you. This is a fantastic initiative giving people the opportunity to turn isolation around and they can in turn become a part of "the answer themselves" and for such a small amount of funding!!!

Dawn CORT > Sara Shahin

01 Nov 2014

I have worked 43 years in the field of mental health and community health services. Being with people through their daily journey is an essential part of the complete package. the soul of the healing. What a wonderful idea this is.

Craig Sanders > Sara Shahin

02 Nov 2014

Thank you Lindy for the kind words & yes I would love to attend & help with your Idea need to contact each other after Monday !

Robert Shearer

01 Nov 2014

Lindy, congratulations great achievement. Anyone who has experienced depression knows only to well how much personal support and treatment as a valuable human being helps raise the needed self esteem. At the same time, to help care for the physical and spiritual health of depressed people provides an extra bonus to complete greater recovery. Your system does both, so it must continue. Hopefully, SA communities and our Governments will also see its need and its value and keenly support it.

cosette lymn

31 Oct 2014

what you are doing is really amazing ive had personal experience with someone with depression and the fact that someone is accaully doing something to help this illness as well as providing people with support and lif3e skills and a place they feel comfertable is really extrodainary

Jodie Needham

31 Oct 2014

I think that the Hope Pack is a truly fantastic idea. It has made a huge difference to so many people, mine being one of them. In some of my darkest days it really did give me hope something to strive for, a reason to keep hanging in there. It made me feel cared about, that there was someone out there that really wanted me to have a live worth living. It shows you that one person can make a difference in someone's life and the Hope Pack definitely does just that. I am very grateful that someone has cared enough about others to bring this Hope Pack to life. Truly AMAZING!!!!!

Ella Fleming

31 Oct 2014

Lindy, what you are doing is the most remarkable thing I have ever come across. This program will make a real difference to many lives. You have always been a wonderful person who has always contributed to the community in every way possible. You should be so proud of your efforts.

Nicole Fox

31 Oct 2014

Awesome idea...best of luck with getting the funding!

Michael Jubb > Nicole Fox

31 Oct 2014

This is a great proposal because it's already up and running, doing great work and getting wonderful life changing and community changing results. You go girl!

Georgia Klenk

30 Oct 2014

Seriously the best idea! What you are doing is truly inspirational and only comes from someone like you that has such a big heart! - you are definitely someone that is willing to make the world a better place! and that's what I admire the most about you! GOOD LUCK :) xx

Lindy Gower > Georgia Klenk

31 Oct 2014

Awwwww thanks GUYS ... It's an absolute "joy" to be a buddy !!

Sharon Eichinger

30 Oct 2014

The world needs more people like you!

Shirley de Vries

30 Oct 2014

A wonderful initiative, Lindy. Let me know if you need any help. xx

amanda shepherd

30 Oct 2014

A much-needed and wonderful program from a wonderful woman. All the best, Lindy!

Anne Boggiano

30 Oct 2014

Great cause....heartening to hear all you're doing Lindy.

Michelle Thomson

30 Oct 2014

Awesome initiative. All the best.

Chrissy Tinsley

30 Oct 2014

Such a beautiful concept!

Sally Penn

30 Oct 2014

If there were more people like Lindy in the world, we would have an abundance of love, warmth and caring. I work with Lindy and see firsthand how she motivates, teaches and allows people to connect with their own brilliance. She is a star in many ways and she deserves all the support we can provide so she can lift the spirits of others to find their own happiness.

Rebekah Ashby

30 Oct 2014

Good luck think this is a great idea. I've dealt with this first hand for many years with loved ones going through this very misunderstood illness and we need all the help we can get

Rebekah Ashby

30 Oct 2014

Good luck think this is a great idea. I've dealt with this first hand for many years with loved ones going through this very misunderstood illness and we need all the help we can get

Karl Martin

30 Oct 2014

Great work Lindy and best of luck with this fantastic initiative.

Fiona Voortman

30 Oct 2014

This would be a very valuable resource. We have lost too many people to depression and hopelessness. All the best with your efforts.

Millie Esau

29 Oct 2014

Amazing work Lindy, lots of love xxx

Idea Creator

Lindy Gower > Millie Esau

29 Oct 2014

You guys ARE awesome voting -thank you , Lindy xxxx

vito tronnolone

29 Oct 2014

while going thru a very dark time in my life i was intrduced to the HOPE PACK it was the begining of my restoration trully a credit to you lindy your heart for people is a gift what an awesome idea

Peter Zollo

29 Oct 2014

Good Luck - Excellent Initiative!

Heather Armour

28 Oct 2014

Good Luck Lindy! Amazing & inspiring!

Stacey Weaver

28 Oct 2014

What a wonderful initiative Lindy!

Idea Creator

Lindy Gower > Stacey Weaver

29 Oct 2014

So kind !

Mark Dal-Corobbo

28 Oct 2014

Hi Lindy,

Well done on this initiative and great to see the early results are encouraging. Best of luck with the voting and I've no doubt the Vero team will provide what support we can on this.

Adam Preston

28 Oct 2014

Wonderful idea Lindy and very much needed in the community.
Bring it on!

Keith Noble

28 Oct 2014

Good work Lindy.

Jane Virgo

28 Oct 2014

Well done Lindy! Great idea you clever and kind girl. Good luck. xx

Will Coleman

28 Oct 2014

Oh Yeah!

Donna Geyer

28 Oct 2014

Brilliant idea and VERY needed. Well done Lindy

Leanne Jarvis

28 Oct 2014

Such a great initiative, go Lindy!

Genevieve Mathews

28 Oct 2014

All the best Lindy! I hope your great idea is a winner! :)

Fiona Elliott

28 Oct 2014

What a great idea - good luck Lindy :)

Brett Parnell

28 Oct 2014

A good cause, well done & good luck.

Lindsey Morgan

28 Oct 2014

This is a fantastic initiative Lindy

Rosslyn Higgins

28 Oct 2014

I have heard so much about the great results of this amazing initiative and the caring and passion behind it. Great work Lindy and all involved!

Idea Creator

Lindy Gower > Rosslyn Higgins

29 Oct 2014

Xxx

Emma Johnson

28 Oct 2014

Good work Lindy!! xx

Oliver Sheahan

28 Oct 2014

An amazing initiative, one that is very close to my heart. Great work Lindy!

Megan Pope

28 Oct 2014

The Popes are in!

Desley Saldanha

28 Oct 2014

Get on board to vote for this. It is awesome and has helped and will continue to help so many people

David Gower

28 Oct 2014

Gorge you are such a beautiful caring person and have helped so many people who have been going through a very difficult period in their life. I have seen first hand lives changed for the better. Everyone please get behind this amazing initiative and get your own networks voting as it is all about the number of votes received. Life is "better together" !!! David

Idea Creator

Lindy Gower

28 Oct 2014

Thank you so much lovely people !!!! Lindy

Kerryn Wright

28 Oct 2014

Excellent job Lindy! I'll forward this to my buddies in USA. Lotsoluv Kerryn xoxo

Jane Stanley

28 Oct 2014

Lindy you are such a caring and beautiful soul! Love your initiative and the important support it provides for those in need! Go Lindy

Liane Lawton

28 Oct 2014

Happy to support this great initiative. Well done Lindy !

Trevor Wright

28 Oct 2014

So positive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Barracking for this

Daryl Jones

28 Oct 2014

Helping others help themselves, a powerful way to regain the pathway of life. An initiative well worth voting for.

Libby Robinson

28 Oct 2014

All the very best gorgeous Lindy!!!!
You can count on the Robinsons in Perth
big hugs
Libby Grant Gemma and Claire
xxxx

Delene Kemp

28 Oct 2014

An inspirational idea, and proof that one person can and will make a difference. Best wishes to Lindy and your Team. God bless you in this venture.

Bec Driver

28 Oct 2014

Awesome Lindy absolutely awesome! So proud of you!!

Angas Hill

28 Oct 2014

Best of luck with this Lindy!

Hannah Dridan

28 Oct 2014

What a marvellous idea. I will pass on as having family members who work in mental health areas I can only but embrace this as a tool of hope
Blessings Hannah

Sarah McCollum

28 Oct 2014

What a marvelous idea. I voted for you!

Fergus McPharlin

28 Oct 2014

A great initiative! Well done Lindy!

Henry Gower

28 Oct 2014

Go Mum go! Amazing cause please vote!

Nicky Elsdon

28 Oct 2014

Please take the time to vote for this lovely lady!

Anna McNeil

28 Oct 2014

Well done Mrs Gower!! :)

Jan Adcock

28 Oct 2014

Thank you Lindy for your Hope Pack which is and will be a blessing to all who use it. I have given it my vote.

jackie bayly

28 Oct 2014

Well done Linds, awesome job x

Derek Sheldon

28 Oct 2014

I highly recommend voting for this fantastic revolutionary idea

Idea Creator

Lindy Gower

28 Oct 2014

Hi William -that would be awesome !!!! / get all your mates as well!! The tricky thing is you have to click 'sign in " make up a pass word and scroll down to click vote !!! I really appreciate your support -Lindy

will gower

28 Oct 2014

I love hearing about the good results for lovely people who have had a hard time after engaging with the pack

Gordon Rollins

28 Oct 2014

Fantastic Idea with proven results, definately worth getting behing.

william thompson

28 Oct 2014

I would like to vote for the 21 day Hope Pack