First round of recipients of the Mental Health Improvement Fund announced

Five organisations have received funding to develop programs addressing the mental health of Victorian workers.

Grants totaling over $ 3.3 million will go towards programs that address the mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups of workers, including those who work shifts, call centre employees, pregnant women, young workers and those in the arts.

“We asked organisations that have the reach and resources to improve the mental wellbeing of Victorian workers to submit their best ideas, and we are delighted with the response,” said Minister for Finance Robin Scott.

“The programs WorkWell has chosen to fund are both innovative and sustainable and will make a lasting difference to the lives of many of our most vulnerable workers.”

The recipients of the Mental Health Improvement Fund include Arts Centre Melbourne, Centre of Perinatal  Excellence, Gippsland Women’s Health, SuperFriend, and Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The funding is part of the WorkSafe WorkWell initiative.

“WorkSafe has been impressed by the number and strength of the applications for the Mental Health and Improvement Fund,” said WorkSafe Chief Executive Clare Amies.

“We are heartened that so many organisations are interested in improving the wellbeing of vulnerable Victorian workers, and are looking forward to seeing the positive impact that these projects will have in the industries they target.”

More information about the program and recipients are available on WorkSafe Victoria’s website.

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