OzHelp is a leading provider of health and wellbeing programs for hard to reach workers in high risk industries.
OzHelp has been operating for over 20 years and is focused on reaching and supporting these priority groups. OzHelp’s outreach approach takes support to workplaces and communities across Australia, with a specific focus on building and construction, transport and farming and agriculture industries.
OzHelp’s evidence-informed health and wellbeing programs help individuals build awareness of risk and protective factors for mental health and suicide, adopt self-management strategies and seek help if required; build the capacity of individuals to notice the signs of distress in others, offer support and connect them to help; and provides early intervention health screening and access to personal support and counselling.
OzHelp’s Clinical Advisory Committee advises the Board and Management Team on consumer centred service design and improvement, clinical quality, safety and risk.
OzHelp is accredited under the Australian Government National Standards for Mental Health Services.
Work is an important factor in living a rewarding and contributing life, but we know that workplaces can be stressful, and that it is also often hard to leave your personal life outside of your working life. That’s why a focus on workplace health and wellbeing is so important. We need to support people at work and ensure that creating a mentally healthy workplace is recognised as just as important for the organisation and its employees as is creating a physically healthy and safe workplace.
The OzHelp Foundation Ltd (OzHelp) was established in 2001 after David O’Bryan, a young building apprentice from Canberra, took his own life. That same year, three others who were connected to the ACT building and construction industry died by suicide within a three-month period.
These events brought together David’s mother Loraine O’Bryan with representatives from the Master Builders Association (MBA) ACT and the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union ACT Branch (CFMEU) who sought action to address the wellbeing and care of industry apprentices. The collaboration between Loraine, the CFMEU, the MBA and the ACT Government was instrumental in the formation of OzHelp.
The MBA ACT remains as a Founding Member of OzHelp and has actively and continuously supported and promoted the objectives and purpose of OzHelp since its inception.
Strategy & Reporting
The OzHelp Foundation Board formally adopted the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan in August 2020.
OzHelp’s Strategic Plan describes how OzHelp will meet its objective to prevent suicide and improve the mental health and wellbeing of people working in high risk and hard to reach industries. OzHelp will do this by reaching and supporting people in workplaces to enable them to increase their wellbeing and resilience whilst supporting businesses to make mental health and well-being more accessible for their employees.