Empowering Youth Mental Health This October

October is Mental Health Month, lets discover the importance of youth mental health and the grassroots charities making a difference. Read more.

Empowering Youth Mental Health This October

October is Mental Health Month, lets discover the importance of youth mental health and the grassroots charities making a difference. Read more.

October is Mental Health Month, a time to shine a spotlight on the critical issue of youth mental health. In our fast-paced world, the well-being of our young people is more crucial than ever before. This blog article is dedicated to raising awareness about the significance of October Mental Health Month and highlighting the grassroots charities and programs that play a vital role in supporting youth mental health.

Why Youth Mental Health Matters

With youth mental health being a growing concern, the research reveals alarming statistics. Did you know that a staggering 50% of all mental ill-health begins before the age of 14? This statistic underscores the importance of prevention and early intervention in addressing issues such as anxiety disorders, depression, and substance abuse among young people.

As one of the Be BlueRock Foundation's key cause areas, we are dedicated to championing youth mental health through our corporate giving and fundraising efforts. BlueRock actively collaborates with a range of organisations that provide vital assistance to young individuals and families affected by mental health challenges.

The Australian Psychological Society has reported a significant rise in Social Anxiety Disorder presentations among 6-12 year-olds, emphasising the urgency of the issue. Additionally, recent research from Beyond Blue has shown that suicide accounted for two in five deaths among people aged 15-17 years (40 per cent) and more than one in three among those aged 18-24 years (36 per cent). 

Australia’s Biggest Mental Health Charities and Programs

To tackle these challenges head-on, numerous charities and programs are making a difference in the lives of young Australians. Here are some noteworthy organisations and initiatives you’ve probably heard of:

RUOK Day Campaign

Encourages open conversations about mental health and offers support to those in need.

Movember Campaign for Men's Health

Addresses men's mental health issues and supports vital research.

BeyondBlue & Lifeline Crisis Support

Provides immediate assistance to individuals in crisis.

Headspace/Smiling Mind

Offers in-person and online support and resources for youth mental health.

Black Dog Institute

Focuses on cutting-edge research to better understand and treat mental health conditions.

Grassroot Youth Mental Health Prevention and Early Intervention Charities and Programs

Preventing youth mental health issues is a collective effort. You’ve likely heard of the organisations listed above but we have some more grassroot charities that you may not have heard of that focus on young people. Several organisations are working diligently to empower young people with the skills they need to navigate life's challenges:

Healthy Harold's Life Ed Vic Programs

Being one of our charity partners, these programs educate children about important topics like bullying, drugs, and relationships in early education and primary schools. 

Nature-Based Approaches

Initiatives like our charity partner Ocean Mind and Waves of Wellness use therapeutic surfing to promote mental well-being.

BurnBright Student Wellbeing Programs

These programs and camps help students develop essential life skills.


Promotes social inclusion and health outcomes through sports, arts and recreation.


Offers support and resources for individuals living with mental illness.

The Man Cave and Flourish Girl

Conduct workshops to address the unique needs of boys and girls.

The Youth Impact Foundation

The Be BlueRock Foundation is now supporting TYIF who integrates grassroots youth charities to reduce duplication to amplify the impact of charity programs on youth.

Mental Health Legal Centre

Provides legal support to individuals facing mental health challenges.

The Butterfly Foundation

Focuses on eating disorder prevention and support.

Batyr, BackTrack, Reach and ReachOut

These organisations engage young people to raise awareness about mental health.

Project Rockit Foundation

Combats bullying and empowers young people to stand up for what's right.

Culture is Life

Supports Indigenous-led solutions to prevent youth suicide, emphasising connection to culture and country.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Supports rural communities in addressing youth mental health issues.

Crisis Support

When young people are in crisis, organisations like Kids Helpline provide essential 24/7 phone and online counselling services, offering a lifeline for those aged 5 to 25.

How Businesses Can Support Mental Health

Beyond preventative programs and crisis helplines, adults can role model and help children. Given that adults spend a large portion of their time in the workplace, businesses can also play a role in supporting good mental health. Ideas for businesses to support mental wellbeing include:

  • Providing mental health training for employees to take these skills home to their families and communities.
  • Provide and promote confidential Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) with access to free psychologist appointments.
  • Implementing "Wellness Wednesdays" with activities like meditation and yoga.
  • Supporting employees to undergo Mental Health First Aid Training.
  • Promoting flexible work arrangements and helping working parents manage stress.
  • Encouraging open, honest communication among employees to foster a supportive environment inside and outside of work.
  • Volunteering can bring social connections and purpose to individuals and teams.

Even the smallest of improvements in your business can make a difference to your employee's mental health. We hope that the initiatives BlueRock implements for our employees can inspire you to do the same. See BlueRock’s perks page for additional initiatives on how to create a great work environment and support your employee's well-being.

Youth Mental Health Matters. Learn How You or Your Business Can Make a Difference

October Mental Health Month reminds us of the importance of nurturing the mental well-being of our youth. By supporting grassroots charities, educational initiatives, and businesses committed to the cause, we can collectively work towards a brighter future where young people are empowered to thrive mentally and emotionally. Get in touch with our philanthropy consultants to learn how you or your business can make a difference.

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