By creating a network of support in the community, Reaching Out About Depression (ROAD) helps women experiencing stress or depression understand that they are not alone, while offering strategies and resources to promote their self-empowerment and improved quality of life.
ROAD offers leadership opportunities for women who join the network so that they can become peer supports for their fellow ROAD members and change agents in their communities.
As a community-based support system for low-income women, ROAD also actively educates, trains and influences the mental health and social service provider community about the complex needs of the women ROAD serves.
- Increase the knowledge and skills of low-income women so that they have greater understanding of depression and its related issues.
- Increase the network of support felt by low-income women by building a ROAD community for peer support and help.
- Enhance the feeling of personal empowerment of women participating in the ROAD program through peer support and leadership development.
- Increase the access to resources needed by low-income women so that they can deal with the multiple issues in their lives related to their stress and/or depression.
- Facilitate changes in the knowledge, attitudes and practices of traditional mental health providers to be more responsive to the needs of low-income women dealing with stress and/or depression.
For more information on ROAD, contact Linda McMaster at email@example.com.