What we're about

Activate Mental Health is a dynamic mental health initiative that promotes the importance of community & social connection for positive mental health & wellbeing. Established in 2016 as the Perth Active Depression Support Group, the group has grown and continues to assist its members in improving their mental health through dynamic social activities.

The group has three fundamental principles:

Acceptance – we provide a safe and inclusive environment for our members to be socially engaged irrespective of their background,

Community – we endeavour to give each and every one of our members and volunteers a community to belong to and friends to connect with, &

Fun – we keep things fun because they say laughter is the best medicine!

This group is one of three meetup groups that are available to be joined based on local government areas. Events in this group will be based in the local government areas of Cambridge, Vincent, Belmont, Nedlands, Subiaco, Perth, South Perth, Victoria Park, Cottesloe, Claremont, Peppermint Grove, Mosman Park, East Fremantle, Melville, Canning, Gosnells, Kalamunda Cockburn & Armadale.

For the northern region meetup group click here: http://www.meetup.com/activatemhnorth

For the southern region meetup group click here: http://www.meetup.com/activatemhsouth

Members are free to join all 3 groups and attend any event across the Activate Mental Health network.

Upcoming events (5+)

Find your happy - event that is being hosted by Happiness Co

Victoria Park Library


Looking through my Facebook feed I noticed this event being hosted by the team behind the initiative Happiness Co: https://www.facebook.com/events/1446394588832677/ The event description is here: “Have you heard of Happiness Co? They are a social movement like no other! Their ultimate vision is to reduce the impact unhappiness, depression and anxiety has on our community. Come along and meet the guys from Happiness Co and learn how to take action and find solutions in your life. It's time to "find your happy" because happiness can change a life, even save one. A light dinner will be provided.” This event is being run with the Town of Victoria Park Library as part of the library buzz week celebration they are having. Tickets cost $8 which covers a light dinner. Registrations essential. Click here to purchase tickets: https://victoriaparkactivelife.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=4063&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2019%2F08%2F01&fbclid=IwAR2ZNXp7_FlfM6CkpmOs2d517pEO8korpKwL_J1RZShF2gDKYCI0lcTY29I

Cards Club at the state library cafe.

Location visible to members

Meet up to play cards, and have a casual chat over coffee ☕️ and cake 🍰 Feel free to bring any other games you may want to play, I’ll bring normal playing cards, uno, conversation starters, sequence and a few other things. Look for the cards and games on the table, I’ll be there 🙂 I’ll also message when I get to the cafe and have found a spot. Why this event is just what the doctor ordered? Did you know the prolonged feeling of loneliness has the equivalent effect of smoking 15 cigarettes per day? We understand the challenge of feeling lonely and the draining effect it has on your personal wellbeing. Our goal is to connect like-minded people with fun activities so you can engage with others, create friendships and reduce that acute feeling of isolation that can be detrimental to your mental health. Our values: * Acceptance: we provide a safe, inclusive environment for members to feel engaged and welcome, irrespective of their background. * Community: we endeavour to give our members and event organisers a community to belong to. A forum where they can connect, grow and develop friendships. * Fun: we keep things light and fun at PADSG. After all, laughter is the best medicine! About the event host: Chris has a background in hospitality and is currently working FIFO as a cleaner and laundry attendant. He identifies as being high functioning autistic and has a long term interest in moving into a mental health role, and believes in the power of peer to peer support and recovery. While not working Chris loves walking in nature (just finished the bibbulmun track!) reading books, and hanging out in cafes. Feel free to contact him via Meetup.

Volunteer with us - info night

Dôme Café - East Victoria Park

Volunteering is one of the best ways to boost your mental health and wellbeing. Here at Activate Mental Health we are looking for new hosts to volunteer for our cause and give back to this dynamic community. Generally we are on the lookout for people who can commit to holding one event a month for us, based on a time, location and activity that can suit them. We are in a privileged position in that we can offer free mental health first aid training (on 9th and 10th November 2019) for up to 13 hosts in return. This meetup will just be a general chat on volunteering with no need to commit to the cause if you feel its not up for you. To see more about whats involved in volunteering with us please see this position description on the Volunteering WA website: https://www.volunteeringwa.org.au/volunteer/finding-your-volunteer-role/position-list#/opportunity/137116 Why should you come to this event? Did you know that the feeling of loneliness is the equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes per day? https://bit.ly/2DMqoXU. We fully understand the challenge that loneliness has on wellbeing. Our goal is to connect like minded people with fun and engaging activities so that you create friendships with others to reduce that feeling of isolation. We want you to feel part of our welcoming community and have an avenue where you can improve your mental health and wellbeing in a safe and fun setting. Our values: Acceptance: we provide a safe and inclusive environment for our members to be socially engaged irrespective of their background Community: we endeavour to give each and every one of our members and event organisers a community to belong to and friends to connect with Fun: we keep things fun because they say laughter is the best medicine! Connect with us: We’d love to hear from you www.meetup.com/activatemh www.meetup.com/activatemhnorth www.meetup.com/activatemhsouth www.facebook.com/activatemh instagram.com/activate_mh www.activatemh.com.au [masked] Event disclaimer While we tend to identify as peers with a lived experience of mental health issues and also love promoting the values of acceptance, community and fun for mental health, we are not a complete substitute for professionals in helping you with the mental health issues you face. Please be mindful that the service we offer is complementary to other treatments you may be undertaking in your recovery journey. If you are in need for immediate health services please visit this link here: https://www.mhc.wa.gov.au/getting-help/helplines About the event host: Rahul Seth is a Chartered Accountant turned mental health change maker and is the founder of this group. Rahul has learned over the years the importance of social connection and community for mental health recovery, and has connected with others through the pursuits of tennis, volunteering and photography despite his battle with bipolar disorder. After working in the accounting sector for 9 years, Rahul switched into working in the mental health sector which was inspired by creating this meetup group and obtained a certificate IV in mental health. In his spare time Rahul follows Formula 1, listens to music, and does adult colouring books for relaxation. Read Rahul’s thoughts on the importance of community here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/notion-community-mental-health-recovery-rahul-seth/ Follow him on twitter @RS_au or instagram @RahulSethau or feel free to message him on meetup.

Social Knitting & Crochet Club

Dome Cafe East Victoria Park

Come down to Dome Cafe EVP and join in for a coffee/hot drink, a social chat and bring your crotchet or knitting projects with you. If you're open to teaching others these skills would be great, so please bring spare needles & yarn. Look for Sandie clumsily trying to crotchet!

Past Events

Vic Park Community Games Night - 3rd year anniversary!!!

Victoria Park Community Centre

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