It is important to Beyond Blue that the work we do is guided by the knowledge, experiences and expertise of the Australian community. Members of our Blue Voices community interact with us across a range of activities that help shape our work. By engaging with Blue Voices, Beyond Blue can make sure our services, policies and programs are safe and effective for the community.
Who are Blue Voices?
Our Blue Voices members are a diverse group of people passionate about mental health and wellbeing, and want to use their voices to improve the development and innovation of mental health services, policies and programs. Members have previously been or are currently affected by a mental health condition – personally, by supporting or caring for someone, or are bereaved by the suicide of a friend, family member or co-worker.
Who can join?
We are not currently accepting new Blue Voices registrations. Registrations will reopen in January 2024. The Blue Voices Program is open to anyone who:
- lives in Australia
- is 16 years or older
- is currently, or has been affected by a mental health condition (as listed above)
- wants to hear from the Blue Voices team about activities, so that they can use their voice to contribute to the design and innovation of mental health programs, services, policies and programs.
What does it mean to be a Blue Voices member?
- Membership to the Blue Voices community is free, and members can leave the program at any time.
- Blue Voices members will receive email newsletters with opportunities to contribute to Beyond Blue's work.
- Members can be assured that Beyond Blue will treat all shared information respectfully and securely.
- Participation across all activities is voluntary, and members are encouraged to consider their availability, experience, background and interests when expressing their interest in opportunities.
What type of activities do members participate in?
Most activities that Blue Voices members engage in will help guide Beyond Blue’s work. Additionally, the Blue Voices team will occasionally promote activities hosted by other mental health organisations, services or research bodies.
Types of opportunities may include, but are not limited to:
- Sharing thoughts and experiences through surveys or questionnaires.
- Participating in committees or advisory groups.
- Providing feedback about an existing product, policy, program or service.
- Participating in focus groups, workshops or research interviews.
- Helping to test a new product such as a support App.
Where do I sign up?
We are not currently accepting new Blue Voices registrations. Registrations will reopen in January 2024.