LOCAL co working and innovation hub Make Place has partnered with Jon Perry to launch a new program to tackle mental health concerns in Mandurah.
The Happiness Lab is a six-part series that will run every Wednesday at 5.30pm from May 30.
The series will explore what psychologists, doctors and faith leaders say will make people happier.
Mr Perry is responsible for bringing the Happiness Lab to Mandurah and will be running the series in partnership with Make Place.
“It really hits close to home when someone you know commits suicide and that’s what has propelled me to do something,’’ he said.
“I keep hearing from people that mental health is a big concern and I believe the Happiness Lab is one way to address this but in a really positive way.”
Make Place spokeswoman Skipper van Peer said loneliness was a big precursor to mental illness so their co working space aimed to break down the isolation prevalent for sole-traders and freelances who don’t have a team around them.
“But with the stats telling us that 1 in 4 people are dealing with a mental health issue, it was clear there was a need for more of a deliberate focus on happiness,’’ she said.
“We are aiming to create a light hearted environment where people can casually have the conversations they might not have the chance to have elsewhere or simply explore ways they can get more out of life.”
The sessions will include a series of fly-on-the-wall documentaries that follow 12 people as they explore topics such as gratitude, relationships, forgiveness and coping strategies.
The series runs until July 4.