Australian-registered mental health charity Drive Against Depression is expanding into South Australia, announcing its first-ever Adelaide Autumn Drive Day to be held on Sunday, April 7.

    Following the charity’s expansion across the eastern seaboard – including events in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane – the Adelaide Drive Against Depression (DAD) event will commence from McLaren Vale, then “take a stunning route through the historic Clarendon township before stopping at the autumnal splendour that is Stirling, to take in the fresh air, share stories and create meaningful connections”.

    “[Participants will] also have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious Gelista ice cream, the artisan South Australian gelati makers who are supporting DAD’s purpose at this inaugural Adelaide Autumn Drive,” says the charity.

    Also headlining the run sheet will be guest speakers Professor Nicholas Procter and Dr Kate Rhodes.

    Professor Procter is the chair of mental health nursing at UniSA, and Australia’s national representative to the International Association for Suicide Prevention.

    Dr Rhodes, meanwhile, is a UniSA lecturer with multiple nursing qualifications including mental health nursing, and has 27 years of experience working with mental health.

    Both speakers “will inform on suicide prevention support, as well as safety planning and how to live with meaning and purpose”, DAD says.

    For more information and to register for the first Adelaide Autumn Drive, click here.

    Drive Against Depression holds regular motoring events and is continuing to build a network of mental health practitioners to support the community, offering a non-judgemental and judgement-free opportunity for people to connect with others and feel comfortable to share their mental wellness journey.

    Various members of the CarExpert team are proud long-time supporters of Drive Against Depression and its events. James Wong (Production Editor) is a current DAD charity ambassador, with Founder Paul Maric a former ambassador for a number of years.

    To learn more about Drive Against Depression and its upcoming events, visit the organisation’s website here.

    For 24/7 crisis support, please contact:

    Lifeline – 13 11 14
    Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467

    In an emergency, please call 000

    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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