Who are beyondblue?
beyondblue work to give “people the confidence to support those around them, and [make] anxiety, depression and suicide part of everyday conversations.” They aim to tackle stigma, prejudice and discrimination, and break down the barriers that prevent people from speaking up and reaching out.
Why do they exist?
beyondblue state that “in any given year, around three million people in Australia experience anxiety or depression. Every day, eight people take their own lives.” They have a vision “where all people in Australia achieve their best possible mental health.
What do they do?
eyondblue characterise their work within the following target groups.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities - addressing discriminatory behavior and equipping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the knowledge and skills to maintain their own social emotional wellbeing.
- Childhood and educational settings - building the capacity of parents, guardians and carers and those working in early childhood and primary school settings to support children’s emotional development and to respond effectively to children experiencing difficulties with depression and anxiety.
- Youthbeyondblue - connecting with parents and young people through a variety of channels, including the Youthbeyondblue website and other online resources and apps, and in schools through various programs.
- LGBTI communities - celebrating diversity and stand up for equality in our community.
- Men - encouraging men to take action against depression, anxiety and suicide, and to reduce stigma through programs, knowledge building and policy.
- Multicultural communities - research, information, education and support strategies for multicultural communities.
- Older adults – raising awareness, education and training for the aged care workforce, research and advocacy.
- Perinatal mental health - increase awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding perinatal mental health conditions.
- Suicide prevention - advising, informing, and promoting hope for those touched by suicide, or depression or anxiety, and reducing the discrimination and stigma surrounding these issues.
- Stopping discrimination by insurance providers - improving access to insurance, influencing the industry to make changes to their policies and practices.
- Reforming the mental health system - advocating to improve opportunities to get effective support and services at the right time for people affected by depression, anxiety and suicide.
- Workplace health - building the capacity of industries, workplaces and individuals to know what to do to be a mentally healthy workplace
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to beyondblue?
beyondblue are a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They demonstrate they are an effective organisation. They present an overarching strategy, highlight the key results of their programs, engage their beneficiaries in program design and evaluate the overall performance of each consecutive strategic plan. Notably, they use these evaluations to inform the future direction of the organsiation.
However, there are a few steps beyondblue need to take before we can recommend them with confidence. First of all, it is not clear how the board and executive team are remunerated. Secondly, it is unclear who makes up the executive team and if they have relevant skills and experience. Thirdly, it is not clear how they track their performance. Finally, beyondblue do not breakdown the costs of running each of their key program areas, making it difficult to understand where their genuine priorities lie.
After assessing both their strengths and weaknesses, beyondblue demonstrate they are effective but only demonstrate basic indicators of trustworthiness. We need further assurances before being able to recommend them with confidence. In order to improve our recommendation for headspace, we need to see:
- clarity over key management personnel’s remuneration (including Directors);
- a description of the individuals and positions that make up their executive team;
- more on how beyondblue evaluate their own performance and that of their CEO; and
- a breakdown of the cost to deliver each key program area.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
We have investigated the finances, operations and results of beyondblue and present our evaluation in a report that you can download now. This evaluation shows you how your donation is spent, who is running the organisation and whether there are any potential conflicts of interest. It also examines whether the charity can demonstrate that they are delivering meaningful results. Finally, it contains our recommendations for potential donors and the reasoning behind them.
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Find out whether Beyond Blue is the charity for you. In this evaluation we describe what this charity does and why, what you should know about them, how your money is spent, who is running the organisation and whether they deliver results. Last of all, we recommend whether you should donate to them based on the findings of our analysis.