OzHelp was founded in 2001 after the suicide of young Canberra man, David O’Bryan. David’s mother Lorraine worked with local organisations to put in place support services targeted at young men working in the construction industries, to help prevent other families experiencing the same loss.
Our focus is still male-dominated industries such as building and construction, along with mining, trades and automotive industries. It is precisely because men are traditionally less likely to seek help that we seek them out and provide mental health support and training in their workplace, along with counselling.
We meet in an informal way with workers at work sites through barbeques and field visits. These visits are designed to let workers know what support is available if they’re having a tough time, and also to give advice about how to help a mate if they’re struggling.
We also offer a range of support services and training to both men and women in workplaces, including Employee Health and Wellbeing Programs.
Our national office is in Canberra, but our training and support services are also available throughout New South Wales, the Pilbara in Western Australia and Darwin in the Northern Territory. We can also refer to other support organisations in the other states.
Our 1300 number (1300 OZHELP) can be accessed anywhere around the country, along with our two phone apps that provide information about the signs of depression, recognising signs of suicidal thoughts and where to go for help for yourself or someone else.
The OzHelp Foundation Ltd. (ABN: 59 099 188 500) is a Public Benevolent Institution and is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). All donations received over $2.00 are fully tax deductible.