Community Education regarding Depression
I have been involved in educating the Western Australian community on depression related issues for over 30 years. This has taken the form of lectures, live interviews, radio interviews, radio talkback, and less formal ‘question and answer’ sessions. I have provided such education to mental health support groups, church groups of various denominations, professional organizations and community groups. Further details regarding my experience in community education are contained in my C.V.
I am available to conduct education regarding depression to a variety of audiences including:
· support groups of many types
· counselling groups
· church groups.
The presentations on Understanding Depression are available in a number of formats and are tailored to the audience. There is clearly a difference in technique and content between public groups with little background knowledge, and groups of counsellors. There is also an obvious difference between church groups concerned with how depression links with their faith, and groups with no particular faith link.
The most common formats I use are:
1. Straight ‘lecture’. I use this rarely and usually only when time is limited and I need to get through a lot of information quickly to a motivated audience. This can vary between 20-45 minutes and I use a PowerPoint presentation and video projector.
2. ‘Brainstorming session’ during which I ask three questions of the audience
What is it?
What causes it?
What can we do about it?
I then compile the feedback using an overhead projector or whiteboard. This is the preferred technique for a valuable education time and with questions and comments from the audience lasts 60-90 minutes. It can be associated with morning or afternoon tea or supper. I need an OHP for slides.
3. Interview format with an appropriate interviewer from the target population asking questions from a pre-prepared list of questions. There is opportunity for questions from the audience. This can be used where time is short and is suitable for even a 20-minute presentation but can easily go on for an hour with an interested audience.