Supporting Partners

Our major partners generously provide a range of support which allows us to deliver our programs and services to help all Australians affected by mental health issues.

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About Future Generation

Future Generation Global (FGG) is an internationally focused Australian investment company with the dual objectives of providing shareholders with diversified exposure to global equities and changing the lives of young Australians affected by mental illness.

FGG’s goal is to promote the mental health, wellbeing and resilience of Australian children and young people by supporting smarter service system development and investing in effective programs and services so that young Australians can have access to the supports, information and services they need, when they need it, to maintain their mental health and lead an active and engaged life.

Support for SANE

FGG helps fund SANE Assist to enhance access to evidence-based services, resources, information and referral pathways for young adults aged 18–30, affected by complex mental health issues including young carers.

Young adults in this 'transitional' age bracket experience unique psychosocial, physiological and social stressors, with the onset of illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar, personality disorders, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders more likely to occur in emerging adulthood. This project aims to reduce stigma and barriers to care for these young adults, thereby promoting help-seeking and early access to treatment.

Our short-to-medium outcomes are to deliver:

  • Improvement in service delivery quality for young adults aged 18-30
  • Engagement with young adults that promotes mental wellbeing
  • Increase service demand and uptake for the SANE Help Centre

Our long-term aim is to improve the mental wellbeing of young adults affected by complex mental health issues through:

  • Increased confidence and capacity to seek help
  • Reduced feelings of stigma/self-stigma
  • Increased knowledge and awareness of complex mental illness
  • Connection with others of similar lived experiences

Over the five-year funding period FY17-FY21, the 'SANE Assist' project phases include:

  • Years 1-3: Reach engagement, capacity building, and service quality improvement for the SANE Help Centre (1800 phone, webchat, email, online forums, SANE website)
  • Years 4-5: 'SANE Assist' service model design and development

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About Gandel Philanthropy

Gandel Philanthropy is one of Australia’s largest independent family philanthropic funds. It has been the vehicle for charitable giving by the extended Gandel family since its formation as the Gandel Charitable Trust in 1978.

John Gandel AO and Pauline Gandel are universally recognised for their generosity and commitment to both Jewish and general causes. Over the years they have given tens of millions of dollars to address the underlying causes of inequity and empower people to improve their wellbeing.

Gandel Philanthropy supports initiatives that promote community values and cultural dialogue, foster community cohesion and build community spirit. A particular focus is to support the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in our society.

Support for SANE

Thanks to a major grant from Gandel Philanthropy, SANE Australia has been able to deliver two major initiatives which help to improve the lives of Australians affected by mental illness, their families, carers and friends.

In 2015, we built a new website service following extensive consultation with people living with a mental illness, their families and friends. The website integrates the SANE Forums seamlessly along with our chat facility. This means that people who visit the SANE website looking for information on a specific illness can now easily find out the latest conversations taking place on the topic around Australia.

Gandel Philanthropy also supported the development of an innovative online application to help people living with bipolar, and those who care for them, to be alerted to the early onset of a potentially elevated period. SANE is working with the University of NSW Department of Psychiatry and Isobar to develop this important initiative.

Gandel Philanthropy’s generous support has had a profound impact on the support SANE can provide to people directly affected by mental illness.

In 2020, Gandel Philanthropy renewed its support for SANE in response to the COVID-19 crisis, providing generous capacity support for the acceleration of CRM and cloud telephony to improve remote working capability for our support service.

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About the Geoff & Helen Handbury Foundation 

The Geoff & Helen Handbury Foundation is a generous capacity funding partner of SANE Australia.

Through a multi-year grant, the Foundation is supporting the organisation's relocation to the University of Melbourne 'Melbourne Connect' innovation in 2021, as well as growing SANE's capacity to build its Government Engagement and Policy and Advocacy programs, strengthen Lived Experience engagement and ensure organisational effectiveness.

From FY18-FY20, the Foundation also provided support for the 'SANE Assist' project which aims to increase organisational capacity to provide specialist, professional mental health support services for people affected by complex mental health issues, including those living in rural and regional areas via SANE's 1800 helpline, webchat, email, online forums and psycho-educational resources on sane.org.

Established in 1998, the SANE Help Centre is the only support service of its kind in Australia for people affected by complex mental health issues. One of the most unique aspects of the SANE Australia Help Centre is that it is staffed by trained mental health professionals who not only care deeply about the work they do, but also have the specific professional expertise and wisdom to guide and support people on their journey with complex mental illness.

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The Grenet Foundation is supporting SANE’s ‘Better Support’ three-year research and health promotion project that seeks to understand and better support the needs of families and friends when a loved one attempts suicide.

The University of New England has been engaged to conduct qualitative research to evaluate the provision of support and services for carers of people who have attempted or died by suicide.

A matched grant from The Ian Potter Foundation will then inform the development of resources promotion, and advocacy towards increasing the knowledge of community and health sector professionals, whilst reducing stigma, and improving the lives of carers.

At its core, Better Support will provide practical and easy to access information about how best to support a person who has attempted suicide, and how to stay healthy as the care-giver.

The resources will emphasise a non-clinical, first-person perspective and be disseminated through community and Primary Health Networks, and our network of 50+ mental health partners. It will also allow us to effectively advocate on behalf of those impacted by attempted suicide and inform policy and programming decisions.

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About the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

Helen Macpherson Smith Trust is an independent philanthropic trust established by Helen Macpherson Schutt (née Smith) in 1951. On her passing in 1951, Helen left £275,000, the majority of her wealth, to establish a perpetual philanthropic trust to benefit Victorian charitable institutions. Launched as the Helen M. Schutt Trust, the name was changed to the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust in 2001 to acknowledge the Macpherson and Smith families as the prime source of her legacy.

Support for SANE

For the period 2020-2022, the Trust is supporting the 'SANE Assist' project which aims to increase organisational capacity to provide specialist, professional mental health support services for people affected by complex mental health issues, including those living in rural and regional areas via SANE's 1800 helpline, webchat, email, online forums and psycho-educational resources on sane.org.

Established in 1998, the SANE Help Centre is the only support service of its kind in Australia for people affected by complex mental health issues. One of the most unique aspects of the SANE Australia Help Centre is that it is staffed by trained mental health professionals who not only care deeply about the work they do, but also have the specific professional expertise and wisdom to guide and support people on their journey with complex mental illness.

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About Hotglue

Hotglue is an independent communications agency in Melbourne, specialising in the delivery of media strategy, planning and buying, social media management and content production, including video and commercial production.

Support for SANE

Hotglue was pivotal partner in the successful the Thriving Communities promotional campaign, which launched in July 2016.

They worked closely with SANE on developing the creative concept and media strategy, and producing multi-media content for television, radio and online promotion.

Hotglue negotiated low-cost and free media placement around Australia for the greatest possible reach and impact, and also generously donated a considerable amount of their own time and resources to the campaign.

We are grateful for their ongoing support.

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About the Ian Potter Foundation

The Ian Potter Foundation is a major Australian philanthropic foundation that supports and promotes excellence and innovation. The Foundation was established in 1964 by Australian financier, businessman and philanthropist, Sir Ian Potter (1902 – 1994).

Through its grants program, the Foundation seeks to encourage excellence and support Australia’s talent: the visionaries, social entrepreneurs, scientists, academics and researchers, artists and teachers, and those who dedicate themselves to bettering our communities for the benefit of all.

Support for SANE

The Foundation is supporting SANE with three strategic initiatives:

  • Relocation to the University of Melbourne's "Melbourne Connect" innovation precinct in 2021
  • SANE Assist capacity building project for the SANE Help
  • Better Support research and resource development project that seeks to understand and better support the needs of families and friends after a loved one has attempted suicide.

With matched funding from the Grenet Merrin Foundation, the Ian Potter Foundation is supporting engagement with the University of New England in conducting qualitative research to evaluate the provision of support and services for carers of people who have attempted suicide. Funding will then inform the development of resources, promotion and advocacy towards increasing the knowledge of community and health sector professionals, whilst reducing stigma, and improving the lives of those who are supporting a loved one.

At its core, Better Support will provide practical and easy to access information about how best to support a person who has attempted suicide, and how to stay healthy as the care-giver. The resources will emphasise a non-clinical, first-person perspective and be disseminated through community and Primary Health Networks, and our network of 50+ mental health partners. It will also allow us to effectively advocate on behalf of those impacted by attempted suicide and inform policy and programming decisions.

During FY20-FY22, the Foundation is also supporting the 'SANE Assist' project which aims to increase organisational capacity to provide specialist, professional mental health support services for people affected by complex mental health issues, including those living in rural and regional areas via SANE's 1800 helpline, webchat, email, online forums and psycho-educational resources on sane.org.

Established in 1998, the SANE Help Centre is the only support service of its kind in Australia for people affected by complex mental health issues. One of the most unique aspects of the SANE Australia Help Centre is that it is staffed by trained mental health professionals who not only care deeply about the work they do, but also have the specific professional expertise and wisdom to guide and support people on their journey with complex mental illness.

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About Janssen Australia

Janssen Australia is a leading research-based pharmaceutical company working in four priority disease areas:

  • Immunology (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease)
  • Infectious diseases & vaccines (e.g. HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C).
  • Oncology (e.g. prostate cancer, multiple myeloma and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia)
  • Neuroscience (e.g. schizophrenia)

Through its portfolio of differentiated medications and expertise in research and development, Janssen is committed to enhancing patient support and community programs.

Support for SANE

Janssen is a major partner of the SANE Peer Ambassadors program, a group of people who work with SANE Australia to raise awareness, reduce stigma and provide hope to Australians affected by complex mental illness. Janssen’s support contributes to the provision of training and support activities for the program.

SANE Australia's policy on engagement with pharmaceutical companies informs our approach on working with pharmaceutical companies.

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About John T Reid Charitable Trusts

The John T Reid Charitable Trusts are a national funding organisation with a wide ranging commitment to philanthropy around Australia. The Trustees are proud of a track record of generous giving for sixty years, being responsive to community need and supportive to key issues in six main areas: Aged & Palliative Care, Arts & Cultural Heritage, Community &Social Welfare, Education & Youth Support, Environment, and Health Support.

Support for SANE

For the period FY19-FY21, John T Reid Charitable Trusts is supporting the ‘SANE Assist’ project which aims to increase organisational capacity to provide specialist, professional mental health support services for people affected by complex mental health issues, including those living in rural and regional areas via SANE's 1800 helpline, webchat, email, online forums and psycho-educational resources on sane.org.

Established in 1998, the SANE Help Centre is the only support service of its kind in Australia for people affected by complex mental health issues. One of the most unique aspects of the SANE Australia Help Centre is that it is staffed by trained mental health professionals who not only care deeply about the work they do, but also have the specific professional expertise and wisdom to guide and support people on their journey with complex mental illness.

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About King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons is a Hong Kong-based multinational law firm with 32 offices spread across four continents. KWM’s practice areas include banking and finance, competition and antitrust law, employment law and industrial relations, and investment management.

KWM staff provide pro-bono legal assistance for community and non-profit organisations, and volunteer at free legal clinics to help disadvantaged members of the community.

Support for SANE

As a long-term supporter of SANE Australia, King & Wood Mallesons has provided extensive support through pro-bono legal services that have been essential to the development of SANE’s programs and services.

KWM has also provided generous financial, in-kind promotional support, including making facilities available for SANE workshops and events.

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About Khoros

Khoros, formerly Spredfast + Lithium, provides social customer engagement management platform for organisations and businesses. With more than 2,000 customers and ten offices globally, Khoros powers approximately 500 million digital interactions every day. From social media to online communities and messaging to digital customer care, Khoros helps companies authentically connect with customers throughout their journey.

The Khoros platform combines online customer community applications such as forums, blogs, product reviews and knowledge bases with the broader social web and traditional CRM business processes. It also delivers on-demand products in a hosted environment rather than as traditional, packaged software.

Khoros helps brands connect, engage with, and understand customers by enabling them to respond on social networks and foster engagement on a community they own. The technology delivers a seamless digital customer experience across websites, social channels and mobile devices.

Support for SANE

Khoros provides the software platform that drives the SANE Forums.

Thanks to Khoros’s generous support, we have built a safe and supportive online community for tens of thousands of Australians affected by mental illness. Through the Khoros platform we are opening up the huge untapped resource of peer support across the nation.

Khoros has also enabled us to support mental health organisations in every state and territory through syndication. Each of our mental health partners offer direct access to the forums on their own sites, providing an enhanced service for the people they already serve.

Importantly, just under a third of the people using the SANE Forums are from rural and regional Australia where people have limited access to mental health services.

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About Perpetual

Perpetual's IMPACT Philanthropy program connects the many charitable trusts that is manages with not-for-profits seeking capacity funding support. These grants fund initiatives in arts and culture, education, conservation and the environment, social welfare, medical research and more.

Support for SANE

In FY20, Perpetual supported the 'SANE Assist' project, which aims to increase organisational capacity to provide specialist, professional mental health support services for people affected by complex mental health issues, including those living in rural and regional areas via SANE's 1800 helpline, webchat, email, online forums and psycho-educational resources on sane.org.

Established in 1998, the SANE Help Centre is the only support service of its kind in Australia for people affected by complex mental health issues. One of the most unique aspects of the SANE Australia Help Centre is that it is staffed by trained mental health professionals who not only care deeply about the work they do, but also have the specific professional expertise and wisdom to guide and support people on their journey with complex mental illness.

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About R E Ross Trust

The R E Ross Trust is a perpetual charitable Trust established in Victoria in 1970 by the will of the late Roy Everard Ross. Since its inception, the Ross Trust has distributed over $90 million dollars in grants for charitable purposes in Victoria.  Governed by five Trustees who manage the Trust’s assets and distribute its income, the granting priorities of the Trust are set by Trustees who take into account the wishes of the Trust’s benefactor, Roy Everard Ross. These priorities reflect the Trust’s mission to address disadvantage and inequity, encourage and promote social inclusiveness, community connectedness, health and wellbeing, and protect and preserve Australian flora and fauna.

Support for SANE

For the period FY19-FY21, Re Ross Trust is supporting the 'SANE Assist' project which aims to increase organisational capacity to provide specialist, professional mental health support services for people affected by complex mental health issues, including those living in rural and regional areas via SANE's 1800 helpline, webchat, email, online forums and psycho-educational resources on sane.org.

Established in 1998, the SANE Help Centre is the only support service of its kind in Australia for people affected by complex mental health issues. One of the most unique aspects of the SANE Australia Help Centre is that it is staffed by trained mental health professionals who not only care deeply about the work they do, but also have the specific professional expertise and wisdom to guide and support people on their journey with complex mental illness.

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About Reece Group

Reece Group is a leading distributor of plumbing, waterworks and HVAC-R products to commercial and residential customers through 800 branches in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Established in 1920 and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX: REH), Reece Group has approximately 8,000 employees committed to improving the lives of their customers by striving for greatness every day.

For further information on Reece Group and its portfolio of businesses please visit www.reecegroup.com.au.

Support for SANE

Reece Group has partnered with SANE Australia in a three-year CSR partnership to help expand and scale up the 'SANE Assist' service model. The SANE Help Centre is the only support service of its kind in Australia for adults affected by complex mental health issues.

This generous partnership means that we can reach more Australians affected by complex mental health issues, particularly those at most risk: men and those living in rural and regional Australia. A staff and customer engagement program will also support development of the Reece Wellness strategy.

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About Snaffle Web Development

Snaffle is a specialist web development company with more than 20 years experience building websites using a range of web-based systems and technologies.

Since 2005, Snaffle have specialised in Joomla CMS integration, and in recent years have focused particularly on responsive website design and development.

Support for SANE

Since 2004, Snaffle has provided ongoing support to SANE through its generous low-bono web and technical development. In recent years, Snaffle worked with SANE and other partners to build the SANE Forums platform and our new database-driven, responsive website.

Thanks to Snaffle we have now built a safe and supportive online Forum community and a dynamic, user-friendly, accessible website providing information and support to the many Australians affected by mental illness.

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About the William Buckland Foundation

The William Buckland Foundation commemorates William Buckland, a highly successful businessman and pastoralist in the middle years of the 20th century. On his death in 1964, after bequests to his family and some favourite causes, William Buckland left the bulk of his large estate, £4 million, to establish the Foundation.

Support for SANE

For the period FY20-FY22, the Foundation is supporting the 'SANE Assist' project which aims to increase organisational capacity to provide specialist, professional mental health support services for people affected by complex mental health issues, including those living in rural and regional areas via SANE's 1800 helpline, webchat, email, online forums and psycho-educational resources on sane.org.

Established in 1998, the SANE Help Centre is the only support service of its kind in Australia for people affected by complex mental health issues. One of the most unique aspects of the SANE Australia Help Centre is that it is staffed by trained mental health professionals who not only care deeply about the work they do, but also have the specific professional expertise and wisdom to guide and support people on their journey with complex mental illness.

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