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Drive Against Depression’s purpose is a four-pillared approach to supporting those with mental illness, particularly depression and/or anxiety, as well as their support people and families. Whether you’re a lifelong car enthusiast or you just like a particular colour car (or you’re somewhere in the middle) Drive Against Depression offers an important opportunity to:

 Start, then continue, the conversation about mental health.

Find the pathway to seek help.

Fundraise.

Engage with ongoing support services for continued encouragement.

Sitting beside someone while going for a drive provides an ideal forum for unguarded conversations and a chance to reconnect with a passion. Perhaps it’s driving, the countryside, good food, the outdoors or making time in a busy life to talk to your mates, it all plays an important part in mental wellness.

Our Mission

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Drive Against Depression works to achieve increased mental health awareness in Australia, particularly relating to depression and anxiety. Our intent is to remove the stigma surrounding these issues by encouraging open conversations over a shared enthusiasm for motoring.

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DAD drives with Custom Cars and Coffee Melbourne, 2019
DAD drives with Custom Cars and Coffee Melbourne, 2019

May 25th, 2019. As we charged head-long into winter, beanies were donned and kids were crammed into back seats as we made our way out to Mulgrave to meet up with the Custom Cars and Coffee Melbourne crew for our second partnered event. The entry list was bulging, with 57 cars entered (and several more filling the Village Green car…

Autumn Charity Drive 2019 – returning to roots… and routes.
Autumn Charity Drive 2019 – returning to roots… and routes.

Back to the beginning The Drive Against Depression autumn charity drive for 2019 started from familiar territory – the Gembrook Bakery. It was here that the very first Drive Against Depression started, back in early 2017. Back then, it was a bloke (me) who was struggling. I had recently acquired my Renault Sport Clio 182 Cup and was revelling in…

DAD Calls for Wellness Practitioners – We Need You!
DAD Calls for Wellness Practitioners – We Need You!

As Drive Against Depression works on our Big Project for this year, we’re seeking the involvement of our community. We’re reaching out to you. Your networks. Your community. We know there are a multitude of different services that support great mental health and various practitioners that support us when we’re at the bottom. A fundamental part of creating Drive Against Depression was the acknowledgement…

Tackling the tarmac with Geoff Thorp’s Peugeot 405 Mi 16
Tackling the tarmac with Geoff Thorp’s Peugeot 405 Mi 16

*This guest blog has been written by Kylie King, with imagery from Suz Gallus. You can see her work at https://www.facebook.com/suzgallusphotography/ Watch out! The ATRC Touring Bug is contagious Geoff Thorp has been a ‘car nut’ for as long as he can remember. He has fond memories of pulling his bike apart as a child, and following his dad around, who…

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