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Mental health conditions are not inevitable.
At Prevention United, we believe partnerships with other mental health, public health, and community sector organisations are the only way to take that next developmental step towards preventing mental ill-health in this country.
Protecting vulnerable people within the community must always be a team effort. As a nation, Australia has approached other health conditions like heart disease and cancer holistically, with treatment approaches made up of a diverse mix of expertise and viewpoints across treatment and support spectrums.
Prevention United aims to bring together a sector that has traditionally been fragmented and adopt the same approach, ensuring people have the best chance of living full, happy lives, no matter whether mental ill health is in the past, present or future.
We know that amazing mental health leaders like BeyondBlue, Headspace, Lifeline, Orygen and Prevention United can enact positive change in the community even more quickly when we all join forces and come to the task with a deep sense of togetherness.
But the unity at the heart of our name doesn’t just refer to the mental health sector. It’s also about unifying those things that orbit around a person as they live their everyday lives - family, work, school, government, business - to ensure they are all pulling in the direction of an individual’s good mental health, thus ensuring mental wellbeing is part of the fabric of society.
We call this creating a prevention community - an entity made up of all those people who can help bring about change at different levels of our private and public lives, from individual resilience through to family dynamics and all the way up to public policy.
This effort is borne out in Prevention United programs such as Partners in Parenting, a free online program run in conjunction with Monash University that helps parents protect their teenagers mental wellbeing. Prevention United also provides free, accessible mental health prevention resources to individuals, parents and community and organisational leaders. More recently, Prevention United has focused on providing specific resources around dealing with the impact of COVID19.