Beyond Blue is today pleased to announce a new partnership with Medibank Group. Over three years, Medibank will contribute $300,000 towards Beyond Blue's mental health initiatives, including suicide prevention research and online training for the BeyondNow app - a safety planning tool to help health professionals reduce the risk of suicide in their patients.
Beyond Blue CEO Georgie Harman welcomed Medibank’s commitment to raising awareness of the benefits of good mental health: “At Beyond Blue, our goal is to help every person in Australia achieve their best possible mental health and this partnership will help us achieve this goal.”
“There are three million people in Australia living with anxiety or depression and we know that with early intervention and the right advice, recovery is possible,” Ms Harman said.
Medibank Group Executive Healthcare and Strategy Dr Andrew Wilson, a psychiatrist, said: “At Medibank, we’re focused on improving the physical and mental health of all people in Australia. Recognising if you’re struggling mentally is the first step to getting help and feeling better. That’s why we have teamed up with Beyond Blue.”
“I’ve seen first-hand the debilitating effect of prolonged anxiety and depression. Beyond Blue has for many years worked incredibly hard to challenge the stigma that prevents people from speaking up and getting support,” Dr Wilson said.
Beyond Blue is thankful to Medibank for the support and excited for the partnership to make a significant impact on mental health and suicide prevention in Australia.
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