Welcome to IPL Radio, a Perth based Community Radio station dedicated to promoting positive Health and Wellbeing.
IPL started in 2020 during the outbreak of the COVID crisis when a group of like minded individuals got together to form a Radio station that promoted evidence based information with a positive slant.
Trys Reddick, founding director of IPL Radio, has been am accredited Mental Health First Aid instructor since 2015. but found he was unable to continue training with the onset of the lockdowns. He wanted to find a way to talk about Mental Health in a way that was lockdown prood and the concept of IPL Radio was born.
IPL Radio have worked with a number of organizations including the City of Kwinana, Rockingham, Fremantle, Mandurah and Belmont as well as the Australia Day Council, Commonwealth Bank andVolunteering WA.
IPL is to many, a safe space where individuals can be themselves without fear of judgement, grow in confidence and skills and inspire others to follow the dream.
Trys left school at 14, following a diagnoses of Agoraphobia and OCD at 12. Dropping out of school proved to be bad for his Mental Health and he became a recluse for 10 years. A chance visit to Australia to see elderly relatives, became a turning point in his fight with mental health issues and gave him the sense of purpose he needed in his life. Going back to the UK, he decided he wanted to emigrate to Australia and so went on a 5 year journey of recovery.
In 2007, he got the opportunity to go back to Australia on a student visa, studying a Diploma in Community Work and then on completion he landed work in Employment Services.
In 2015 he became an accredited MHFA Instructor and in 2016 set up Passionate Lives Pty Ltd. in 2017 and 2018 he was successful in getting grants and worked with the City of Kwinana, Gosnells, Armadale and Cockburn as well as getting grants from WAPHA and Connect Groups. He ran courses for Woodside, Alcoa, Constable Care and Youthcare.
Alliance Against Depression
In 2017 Trys helped to set up the Kwinana AAD, an initiative that started in Germany and was bought over as a trial by the WA Primary Health Alliance.
The Alliance framework used a 4-pillared approach to reducing suicidal behaviours. These included a Media campaign, Mental Health training, support groups for those at-risk and GP training.
The Launch at Darius Wells saw 80 people across Mental Health professionals, Survivors and Carers come together to workshop ways the Alliance could move forward. People shared their own lived experiences and a small committee was formed.
In 2018, Trys helped set up the Rockingham AAD. This time over 100 people came to the launch at the Ocean Clipper Inn. People shared their lived experiences and stories of suicide loss culminating in a special performance by Constable Care’s TRG performing a short play around isolation.
Since then other AAD’s have flourished in suburbs such as Fremantle, Kalamunda, Busselton and Belmont.
Songs of Hope
In 2019, Passionate Lives funded the creation of the Songs of Hope CD. The concept was to identify 10 Singer / Songwriters with lived experiences of Mental Health issues and record an album with the bonus track being a collaberation track. The title of the CD was Shine Again.