OzHelp Foundation Ltd (OzHelp) was established in 2001, as a national not-for-profit organisation.
OzHelp’s beginnings stem from a series of life-changing events that occurred in 2000. A young building apprentice from Canberra, David O’Bryan took his own life. That same year three other young apprentices connected with the building and construction industry in the ACT, tragically died by suicide within a three-month period. These events brought together David’s mother Lorraine O’Bryan and representatives from the Master Builders Association and the CFMEU who sought action to address the wellbeing and care of industry apprentices.
Seed funding was sought through the ACT Government to establish a pilot service to provide support and training services for industry apprentices, with broader aims to include supported accommodation for apprentices in severe need. What followed was the establishment in October 2001 of the OzHelp Foundation Ltd., initially set up as a two-year pilot program has grown from strength to strength, providing education and health and wellbeing support to thousands of workers across Australia.
We now have a 15-year track record in delivering evidence-based suicide prevention, physical and mental health workplace training and support programs to a wide variety of Australian workforces nationally.
Our core work has always been focussed on reaching men in hard to reach industries such as mining and construction, and being present in rural and regional communities that have fewer services health and wellbeing services available. Our program delivery has expanded and been adapted over time, to reflect the true diversity of all types of workplaces
The demand for our work has continued to increase considerably over time, and our organisation now delivers programs and services to more than 30,000 people in workplaces right around Australia each year.
Our physical and mental health screening and training programs vary in duration, and are now available in multiple delivery modes including online. OzHelp programs increase physical and mental health literacy and help-seeking behaviours, and improve the resilience of individuals to access support for themselves and their colleagues.
Importantly, we also provide follow up support for participants where required. Our programs are scalable, accessible to any workplace or community nationally and are cost effective.
The team at OzHelp continue to strive towards improving the mental health and wellbeing of people in the workforce and the wider community. Every workplace can play a role in reducing the incidences of suicide in Australia.
OzHelp Foundation is a Public Benevolent Institution and is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). All donations received over $2.00 are fully tax deductible.