HIA Charitable Foundation Chairman Pino Monaco and HIA Managing Director Graham Wolfe present Beyond Blue General Manager Education and Families Patrice O'Brien with their recent $100,000 donation.
Beyond Blue and the Housing Industry Association (HIA) Charitable Foundation have extended their partnership to continue supporting the mental health of people working in the residential building industry.
HIA Managing Director Graham Wolfe and HIA Charitable Foundation Chairman Pino Monaco presented Beyond Blue with a cheque for $100,000 on Monday 9 December, bringing the partnership’s fundraising total to over $750,000 since the first donation was made in 2015.
Mr Wolfe said the HIA Charitable Foundation was proud to continue its contribution towards supporting the mental health of workers in the building industry.
“For five years the HIA Charitable Foundation has supported Beyond Blue in improving access to mental health resources for people in the building industry,” Mr Wolfe said.
“By extending this partnership to 2021, together with a further donation of $100,000 from the HIA Charitable Foundation, Beyond Blue will be able to continue to support workers across the building industry”.
Beyond Blue CEO Georgie Harman thanked the foundation for its support, with partnership donations to date going towards the Beyond Blue Support Service and suicide prevention research.
“People in the building industry unfortunately have a higher than average rate of mental health concerns, so the support that the HIA Charitable Foundation has provided to us over many years has been especially welcome,” Ms Harman said.
“Beyond Blue encourages people in the building industry to know the signs of mental health conditions, to be there for their colleagues, and to seek support as early as possible.”
HIA's resources for managing mental health in the building industry are available at the HIA online mental health portal.