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Beyond Blue welcomes Downer as a Major Partner

19 May 2021

Downer EDI Limited (Downer) has today joined national mental health organisation Beyond Blue as its Major Partner, to help support the mental health of more people in Australia.

The Chief Executive Officer of Downer, Grant Fenn, said Downer had implemented a range of initiatives in recent years to change the conversation around mental health, reduce the stigma associated with it, and empower its people with strategies and activities to support their mental health and wellbeing.

“This partnership with Beyond Blue will help Downer deepen its support for our people and also the broader community which has, during the COVID-19 pandemic, reached out to Beyond Blue in record numbers,” Mr Fenn said. “This partnership is an important part of our support for the communities in which we operate and our Zero Harm philosophy.”

More detail about Downer’s mental health programs is provided in the 2020 Downer Sustainability Report.

As part of the new partnership, Downer will match donations from the public for Beyond Blue’s 2021 national fundraising campaign, which aims to raise $700,000 for the Beyond Blue Support Service.

“If the fundraising goal is achieved it will fund over 14,500 contacts to the Beyond Blue Support Service where people can access support when they need it most,” said Mr Fenn.

Beyond Blue CEO, Georgie Harman, said she was thrilled with Downer’s decision to partner with Beyond Blue and help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health.

“With the vital support of partners like Downer, Beyond Blue can continue to be there for the community through our support service, which continues to see record numbers of people reaching out,” Ms Harman said.

Learn more about Beyond Blue here, and to donate to the matched giving appeal, visit the site here.

About Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide in Australia. The Beyond Blue Support Service is available 24/7 on 1300 22 4636 or via beyondblue.org.au/get-support for online chat (3pm-12am AEST or email responses within 24 hours). The Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Service is available 24/7 at coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au. Its phone line, 1800 512 348, is staffed by mental health professionals briefed on the pandemic response.

About Downer

Downer is the leading provider of integrated services in Australia and New Zealand and customers are at the heart of everything it does. It exists to create and sustain the modern environment and its promise is to work closely with its customers to help them succeed, using world-leading insights and solutions to design, build and sustain assets, infrastructure and facilities. For more information visit downergroup.com.

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