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Emotional Wellbeing

Emotional Wellbeing distributes funds for projects that improve the social and emotional wellbeing of Victorians.

The Emotional Wellbeing grant round awards 3-year grants of up to $250,000 per annum

Status: Closed (reopening October 2024)

What are the objectives?

Purpose: Improving the social and emotional wellbeing of Victorians
Facts: At least *45% of us will experience a mental illness during our lives and at least **20% of adults are affected by mental illness every year.

Approach / Interventions / Outcomes:
State Trustees are seeking submissions that:

  •  Destigmatise mental ill‐health
  • Support advocacy and education campaigns
  • Have a prevention rather than crisis-response focus
  • Are innovative and take a systems view
  • Treat integration and normalisation of mental health as central elements of other service systems
  • Promote cross‐sector collaboration
  • Provide an evidence base that interventions/preventions are effective

We are especially interested to support organisations that will widely promote across the community the importance of emotional wellbeing.

*Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing 2007
** ABS National Health Survey 2017-18

Current Recipient (FY22-FY24)

Organisation: Youth Live4Life Limited
Project: Live4Life – Improving young people’s mental health in rural and regional Victoria

Through a place-based approach, Youth Live4Life works with local government organisations, community and health services, and all local secondary schools to
implement the Live4Life model in rural and regional areas.

Live4Life is a long-term prevention approach and works in conjunction with other suicide prevention strategies to:
• increase young people’s knowledge of mental health;
• reduce barriers to seeking help for emerging and existing mental health issues;
• increase awareness of local professional help;
• decrease stigma, and build community resilience and capacity to address common mental health problems;

Youth Live4Life seeks to change the narrative around mental health right across rural and regional Victoria, sparking a state-wide movement raising awareness and reducing stigma.

Past Recipients

Financial Year Organisation Project
FY20-FY21 Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health Inc ‘Promoting Resilience and Recovery in Regional and Rural Victoria’ – Expansion
FY19 Smiling Mind Improving the accessibility of the Smiling Mind app to better provide support to those who need it most


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