Our Featured Charities
batyr was launched in 2011 after founder, Sebastian Robertson, experienced the frustration and isolation of living silently with mental ill health whilst at university. Sebastian recognised that it was time to have open honest conversations about mental health with young people and founded the organisation, naming it after batyr (‘hero’), The Talking Elephant From Kazakhstan. batyr exists to ‘give a voice to the elephant in the room’ – mental health.
Read more at www.batyr.com.au
Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute was founded in 2002 and is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the identification, prevention and treatment of mental illness, and the promotion of wellbeing.
We aim to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through the rapid translation of high quality research into improved clinical treatments, increased accessibility to mental health services and delivery of long-term public health solutions.
Our unique approach incorporates clinical services with our cutting-edge research, our health professional training and community education programs. We combine expertise in clinical management with innovative research to develop new, and more effective strategies for people living with mental illness. We also place emphasis on teaching people to recognise the symptoms of poor mental health in themselves and others, as well as providing them with the right psychological tools to hold the black dog at bay.
We work directly in all parts of the community as well as guiding the development of new and improved policy. We place focus on those with specific mental health needs like young people, Indigenous communities, men, and high-risk workforces.
Our primary areas of mental health research and treatment include: depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, workplace mental health, adolescents and young people, suicide prevention, e-mental health, and positive psychology and wellbeing.
Read more at www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
Lifeline is a non-profit organisation that provides free, 24-hour Telephone Crisis Support service in Australia. Volunteer Crisis Supporters provide suicide prevention services, mental health support and emotional assistance, not only via telephone but face-to-face and online.
Read more at www.lifeline.org.au
NSW Police Legacy
NSW Police Legacy is the NSW Police Force Charity. Its commitment is to build on the care and support of over 20,000 serving and retired police officers and their families during times of tragedy and need.
Read more at www.policelegacynsw.org.au
ReachOut.com is an internet service for young people that provides information, support and resources about mental health issues and enable them to develop resilience, increase coping skills, and facilitate help-seeking behaviour.
Read more at www.au.reachout.com
Suicide Shatters Families
Suicide Shatters Families was founded in September 2015 by Laura Wilder-Bass in honour of her husband who suicided and to help raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health. Laura wanted to create a safe platform where people who had recently lost a loved one to suicide could speak freely, honestly and openly without being judged by anyone and with people who had similar experiences. The page was a phenomenal success and by April 2017, SSF had gone global – something which Laura could never have predicted. SSF now reaches into 45 different countries around the globe and has amassed a following of over 170,000 people.
Read more at suicideshattersfamilies.com