The Mental Awareness Foundation is all about delivering a fun, exciting, informative, exhilarating experiences within the communities. These such events will allow us to support charities that are raising awareness on Depression and Mental Illness to also be accepted and recognised, such as:
MATES IN CONSTRUCTION
MIC is a model for delivering better mental health and wellbeing outcomes for workers within the Queensland building and construction industry.
The model is based on the idea that suicide prevention is too large a task in the construction industry simply to be left to health professionals and Employee Assistance Programs. The MATES in Construction program focuses on making better and more useful connections between workers in the industry and external professionals.
MATES in Construction uses a community development model with the long-term objective of creating self-sustaining suicide intervention structures on sites. The effect of MATES in Construction on a site is to de-stigmatise mental health and wellbeing issues and to encourage help seeking for a range of issues – not just those that pertain to suicide.
The long-term objective is for the MATES in Construction program to permeate the industry to such an extent that suicide awareness and prevention becomes simply another part of doing business in the Queensland construction industry.
Since its launch in October 2008 more than 18,000 workers have participated in the General Awareness Training, 1,500 are functioning as Connectors and 200 workers have been trained as ASIST Suicide First Aid workers.
The MATES in Construction program has been widely recognised and has been the winner of Suicide Prevention Australia’s LIFE Award in 2009 and 2010. The program has also been recognised at the Annual Premiers Mental Health Week Achievement Awards.
Phone the 24hr Helpline – 1300 642 111
Grow is Australia’s only national peer support organisation. Grow is a grass roots organisation with participants of GROW providing the leadership of the organisation at the branches and the national Board.
Grow has operated for over 50 years and was established and developed by people living with a mental illness. Grow’s program of personal growth, group method and sharing, caring community has been developed from the findings and experience of people with a mental illness in the course of their recovery and rebuilding their lives.
Grow members share their own experiences and coping strategies in order to help one another. Members don’t just benefit from one another’s experience but, through mutual sharing, and the establishment of trust. The mutual support and friendship developed creates an ongoing network of support and a community of caring and sharing.
Phone 1800 558 268