30 July 2013

Movember funds innovative new mental health program to the tune of $8.15 million.

Movember’s biggest program investment yet
Where The Money Goes

Movember’s funding of game-changing programs continues with announcement of NewAccess, a innovative mental health program designed to provide thousands of Australians with depression or anxiety, the opportunity to refer themselves to free early intervention services before their condition worsens.

A joint initiative of Movember and beyondblue, NewAccess marks Movember’s single biggest program investment to date with $8.15 million of the $13.25 million trial, powered by funds raised thanks to Mo Bros and Mo Sistas.

Unveiled in Canberra by the Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Jacinta Collins, the NewAccess program will create a new mental health workforce by employing specially trained coaches who offer individually tailored programs to people experiencing low-level psychological distress.

Movember is committed to supporting innovative programs that change the face of men’s health; in the case of mental health the need is urgent.

“We know that men taking action early is the most effective way to recover from a mental health issue and we believe this model will have particular appeal for men” said Movember COO Jason Hincks.

The NewAccess trial will open to all ACT residents when it launches in October, with local members of the community being trained as coaches to help ease the burden on other mental health services.

Two more demonstration sites will be set up early 2014 with all trials funded by Movember and beyondblue.

For further information about NewAccess click here.