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Balnaves Foundation commits $1.6m for ‘groundbreaking’ study into batyr’s preventative youth mental health programs 

Fri, 10 May 2024

The Balnaves Foundation has announced that it is supporting youth mental health charity batyr to conduct a 5-year longitudinal research project to evaluate its suite of programs. The aim is to demonstrate compelling evidence that investing in early intervention, school-based social and emotional wellbeing programs – which are currently underfunded – will deliver significant impacts in tackling the mental health crisis affecting young people in Australia.  

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Philanthropy Australia CEO Jack Heath awarded an AM

Fri, 2 Feb 2024

Jack Heath says he's humbled to be among those to receive an Australia Day Honours this year. Altogether 1,042 people were recognised, with more women than men being included. Amanda Miller OAM and Lisa George, Co-Chairs of Philanthropy Australia, congratulated Jack on behalf of the board and staff. They said the thoroughly deserved honour recognises Jack’s outstanding leadership in building and stewarding for-purpose organisations and his dedicated career of service to Australia over many decades.

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How Beyond Blue’s ‘Way Back’ program went national

Nick Place Fri, 6 Oct 2023

The aftercare offered to someone following a suicide attempt was woefully lacking only 10 years ago. Beyond Blue, along with an entire ecosystem of philanthropic support, community members, government and primary health networks tackled the issue in 2014 and developed the Way Back program. Earlier this year, the successful scheme was handed over to federal and state governments to run, with more than $150 million in funding, called Universal Aftercare. Ahead of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, we look at how it all came together. 

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Find support around The Community Well

Fri, 18 Aug 2023

Natural disasters, the pandemic and cost of living pressures have put unprecedented stress on social sector organisations. The Benefolk Foundation (formerly The Xfactor Collective) has launched a flagship resource hub to provide tailored tools to support staff and volunteers’ mental health and wellbeing. Founder and Executive Director Julia Keady describes how The Community Well aims to help prevent and address changemaker burnout.

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Victoria launches ‘Lifeline Narrm’ to support community in crisis

Fri, 10 Mar 2023

Lifeline Narrm, launched yesterday as an urgent call to action to address Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention for all Victorians.

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Wellbeing hub set to support sector resilience

Mon, 6 Jun 2022

Building a new social sector wellbeing hub will start next month in an initiative designed to address the extensive sense of burnout and mental ill health across the sector.