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OUR WHY

Mental Illness Affects Averyone

Currently here in Western Australia, only 1% of Government investment goes towards the prevention of mental illness and 5 % goes towards community support services, this explains why more people are accessing assistance when they are experiencing crisis.

Here at Adventure Connections we believe that every individual deserves the right to live a full, happy and healthy life, with the ability to cope with the stressors of life. To achieve this we need to focus on the individual and help to increase their resources to be able to adopt and maintain healthy behaviours and lifestyles.

The World Health Organisation defines mental health as “a state of wellbeing  in which every individual realises his or her own potential,  can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a  contribution to her or his community”(WHO 2014).

Adventure Connections offers a variety of prevention, early intervention and recovery support programs, in the outdoors, that are aimed at preventing, alleviating, and reducing  the suffering or distress caused by suicide and mental illness, depression, anxiety and other related diseases in the Australian Community.

We understand that achieving and maintaining good mental health requires;

  • building people’s protective factors,
  • minimising their risk factors,
  • breaking down the barriers to seeking help
  • and reducing the stigma associated with mental illness

However, reducing inequalities in mental health cannot be achieved without reducing inequalities in a person's physical health and this is why Adventure Connections programs are designed to address the social determinants of health, by tackling both mental and physical health inequalities in Australians.

 

Our Programs

Our programs help facilitate and activate good health (mental, physical, cultural and spiritual), by empowering the Australian Community to adopt and maintain healthy behaviours and lifestyles, preventing and reducing mental illness in the community.

Improve Mental Health

  • Improve public understanding of the catalysts of good mental health
  • Shape environments conducive to good mental health
  • Increase resources that support healthier lives mentally
  • Facilitate and activate healthy behaviours and lifestyles
  • Create opportunities for social inclusion and connection
  • Reduce Social Harms
  • Increase resilience

Increase Physical Activity

  • Create opportunities for people to engage in physical activity, at all levels
  • Shape environments to enable physical activity and reduce sedentary lifestyles
  • Promote active living as part of daily life
  • Increase the knowledge of the benefits of physical activity
  • Increase resources that support healthier lives physically

Adventure Connections empowers the Australian Community, to take control over their own mental health by increasing their knowledge and skills so that they can adopt and maintain healthier behaviours and live a healthier, more for filled life.