In one of its first major funding initiatives, the recently formed MBF Living Well Foundation has agreed in principle to provide significant support to the online ‘depressioNet’ service.
Mr Eric Dodd, Managing Director of the MBF Living Well Foundation said that depressioNet’s availability as a comprehensive and easily accessible resource for people living with depression was a valuable response to a growing health concern.
Mr Dodd said the Foundation’s in principle support, involving up to $500,000 over three years, would enable depressioNet to establish a community support module devoted to helping people and families coping with depression and mental health issues in the workplace.
“The depressioNet online service is innovative and its interactive nature helps people who are dealing with depression to understand that they are not alone and that help is available,” Mr Dodd said.
“In addition to providing a wide range of information on depression, the service is all the more relevant because it was created by people who have had personal experience with the condition.
“The support of the MBF Living Well Foundation will help assure depressioNet’s future and will allow the service to expand into new and specialised areas.”
depressioNet founder and Chief Executive, Ms Leanne Pethick, welcomed the MBF Living Well Foundation’s in principle agreement to support the service.
“The Foundation’s funding is important because it gives us the ability to focus on the specific needs of people in the workplace,” Ms Pethick said. “The timing is perfect for depressioNet.com.au, providing an opportunity to build a specialised service that meets a growing need in the Australian community.”
The MBF Living Well Foundation was established to fund and manage initiatives that improve community health and wellbeing and is funded from the organisation’s investment earnings.
The objectives of the Foundation are:to promote health research into health outcomes, health information, ageing, health policy and financing
to promote health education
to promote programs for leading healthy lives
The Minister for Health and Ageing, Tony Abbott, has welcomed the initiative. “It is good that the MBF Living Well Foundation is willing to join the Government in such projects, and I wish the Foundation every success.”
Contacts: David Jones for the MBF Living Well Foundation 02 9323 9947 and Jenny Muir for depressioNet 02 9331 7222
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