Peet prioritises mental health through new Black Dog Institute partnership
Leading Australian property developer Peet has announced a three-year partnership with independent not-for-profit medical research institute, Black Dog Institute, which delivers research to help treat, manage, and prevent common mental health conditions and suicide.
With one in five Australians experiencing symptoms of mental illness, this partnership will provide vital funding to the institute, creating long-term, positive social impact across the country.
“Community wellbeing is at the centre of everything we do, be it our residents or within our team. The Black Dog Institute and Peet have a shared commitment to making a real difference in the community, and this partnership allows us to support programs that can create meaningful change in an area that impacts most families in some way,” said Peet Managing Director and CEO Brendan Gore.
“We understand firsthand the impact community connection and support can have on an individual’s mental health. Our partnership provides the platform for us to support Black Dog Institute to deliver effective tools, education and support to the wider community and the Peet team,” said Mr Gore.
The key program Peet will support is Black Dog Institute’s Future Proofing Study. The Future Proofing Study is a ground-breaking study which aims to prevent depression and anxiety in young people by using smartphones to deliver preventative interventions on a large scale.
Peet’s funding will provide capacity to deliver follow up face-to-face sessions with participating students to help create a sense of community amongst participants and assist in understanding the development of adolescent mental health.
In addition, Peet will support community and workplace education sessions and participate in the One Foot Forward event in October, a fun walking challenge held annually during National Mental Health month.
“We are delighted to partner with Peet and truly appreciate their support with supporting young people, those in workplaces, our training programs and our One Foot Forward campaign ,” says Karen Elliff, Director of Funding and Partnerships at the Black Dog Institute.
“The awareness this generates helps more people to seek mental health support where needed. The funds raised will not only provide immediate support tools, but will also continue our research in finding the best ways to offer that support.”
The community education sessions aim to give participants the tools to talk about mental health and receive the support they need. Peet’s workplace education sessions will be rolled out to employees across the country, focusing on building mental health literacy and reducing stigma around the issue.
Peet has extensive experience fostering and supporting communities, with over 30 communities currently in development. Partnerships such as supporting the Perth Scorchers as Principal Partner since 2019, helps to build connectivity across Peet communities through sport and physical activity.
In recognition of the power of partnership, Peet works closely with a range of community groups and local stakeholders to design, foster and support closer connection in many of the communities in which it operates.
Peet is one of Australia’s leading property developers, with more than 125 years’ experience building communities across the country. With communities across Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales, Peet creates master-planned communities, townhouses, and apartments to suit a range of lifestyles.