Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing
Gordon McInally: "As Rotary President for 2023-24, I am placing a special focus on global mental health. Mental illness and emotional wellness can be difficult topics for anyone to discuss, and I know that there are some places in the Rotary world where those conversations are especially difficult."
The Rotary Action Group for Addiction Prevention (RAG AP) welcomes the prioritisation of Mental Health and Wellbeing from our RIP Gordon McInally. A delegation from our international board had a meeting with Gordon in Melbourne. During the meeting we were able to explain that RAG AP’s field of action falls entirely under D&DP and specifically falls under Mental Health. RAG AP is enthusiastic that attention is being paid to Mental Health and is particularly active in promoting Wellbeing.
Rotary International Convention Melbourne 2023
Vision and Mission
Substance abuse and addiction of illicit drugs is a global problem and can only be addressed by the joint efforts of all worldwide organizations including governments.
In a combined, structured and sustained action, the mission of the Rotarian Action Group for Addiction Prevention is to strengthen those efforts by organizing an international group of Rotary specialists and activists to develop constructive plans of action to be used to initiate prevention of addiction and illicit drugs.
Within Rotary the group will work to inform, stimulate, support and advise clubs and districts how to tackle the problem in a structural long-term manner, with vision and a strategy. They will offer Rotarians a quarterly newsletter, website and opportunities to interact and share ideas for awareness and prevention at conferences and conventions.
Founded in February 2013 and recognized by Rotary International in January 2016, we now operate in more than 42 countries and 45 districts... in accordance with Rotary International policy.
Our aim is to:
- prospect all Rotarians active in prevention of substance abuse and addiction
- bring their expertise together for study and exchange
- learn how Rotary clubs can participate in the struggle agains addiction
- disseminate this knowledge and the developed methodology
- inform and stimulate Rotary Districts and clubs
- integrate addiction prevention as an essential part of their service.
Dianova International and the Rotary Action Group for Addiction Prevention Join Forces
Rag Ap presents the outcome of the evaluation of the prevention project "Together we grow", developed in collaboration with Dianova International, 9 clubs of rotary district 2203 (Balearic Islands/Spain) and Prof. Antonio Molina of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. The evaluation was based on the Toolkit for measuring social impact drawn up by Phd Rakoen Maertens of the University of Cambridge.
The results are very good and also result in a matrix for scientific evaluation that can be applied to any target group and objectives. many years of work on the Toolkit and project evaluation now yield an accessible evaluation model integrated in the toolkit, a revolutionary step for RAG AP!
RAG AP Webinar
As an outcome of the first RAG AP Global Grant a free webinar is offered. This webinar provides an overview of how to become a member of the RAG AP and explains how to easily get started in local level prevention activities using the new Rotary Addiction Prevention Seminar Toolkit on Engaging the Community. This Rotary Toolkit offers all the media, materials and instructional guidance needed to collaborate with leading local experts and stakeholders to implement needed community-based prevention education.
June 26 is a Day that Offers a Chance to Fight Back Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
RAG for Addiction Prevention supports clubs and districts in cooperation with UNODC and WHO to take action to prevent addiction and other negative behavior with evidence-based programs for local communities. Contact RAG AP to start your first action for addiction prevention: firstname.lastname@example.org
Toolkit on Engaging Clubs and Their Local Communities in Addiction Prevention
The Rotarian Action Group for Addiction Prevention partnered with Edventi to develop a toolkit for engaging Rotarians in community-based addiction prevention education.
The model relies on collaboration with public health and prevention leadership and brings together all community stakeholders to learn about the brain science and driving forces of addiction. Through the program clubs and districts will become active in this field to help communities, schools and youth organizations to invest in primary prevention education and addiction prevention programs.
The initial Rotary Addiction Prevention Seminar was launched by District 7910's Rotary Club of Newton in Massachusetts. This highly collaborative multi-district event brought community stakeholders together to learn about the driving forces of addiction.
A featured guest was Dr. Bertha Madras, an internationally respected public health authority on the addiction epidemic who served on the White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Read more about the event
RAG AP cooperates with several NGO's
Many NGO’s and umbrella NGO’s work together to promote addiction prevention. The Rotary Action Group for Addiction Prevention cooperates with this NGO’s for the promotion of their evidence based addiction prevention programs to clubs and districts. RAG AP also keeps close contacts with UN, WHO and other official organizations for addiction prevention.
The Rotary Action group for Addiction Prevention is a group of Rotarians whose goal is to mobilize Rotarians and to offer worldwide leadership to tackle problems as drugs abuse and addiction in all its forms.
This Rotary Action group operates in accordance with the policies of Rotary International but is not an agency of, or is not controlled by, Rotary International.