It accounts for a staggering one-third of deaths in people aged under 25 – more than road accidents – and many more live with suicidal feelings. Mental ill health extends beyond the individuals directly suffering depression and anxiety to their families, friends and broader networks. Through our corporate giving and fundraisers, BlueRock supports a number of organisations, which in turn support young people and families touched by mental ill health.
We operate on the premise that the best way to address economic disadvantage is to help individuals and families break the cycle of poverty towards financial independence and to arm them with the skills they need to achieve financial security and self sufficiency.
Our BlueRockers also volunteer time to offer ongoing guidance on budgeting, saving and financial planning. Each individual client’s needs are assessed and the counsellors plan a time-limited targeted financial contribution aimed at bridging financial gaps. This is followed by meetings between the client and program coordinators to lay the foundations for longer-term planning.
Many of the organisations we work with report an increasing demand for their services and a large percentage of the participants are single mothers who are managing their family’s budget on their own.
When appropriate, BlueRock will also provide in-kind support, financial grants which the agencies usually distribute in the form of vouchers for Coles, school uniforms and utility bills.