Red Cross & beyondblue join forces for disaster victims

AUSTRALIAN Red Cross and beyondblue are partnering to enhance access to support services for people and communities across Australia affected by disasters and emergencies.

Australia is a nation prone to a range of emergency situations and each year up to 390,000 people are affected in some way by natural disasters such as bushfires, floods and cyclones.

The two not-for-profit organisations have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding, agreeing to work collaboratively in the space where emergencies and disasters cross over with depression and anxiety. Through the partnership, Red Cross and beyondblue will share their knowledge and expertise, and collaborate on activities such as program development, public education, training and research.

Red Cross, which has been responding to emergencies in Australia since 1914, supports people to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, with a focus on alleviating distress. beyondblue works to increase awareness and understanding of anxiety and depression, and to ensure people take action to get the help and support they need.

“Recovery from a disaster is a complex process and it can take a long time,” Australian Red Cross’ CEO Robert Tickner said. “Five years on from Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires, some people are still working through recovery and dealing with feelings of anxiety, sadness and frustration as a result of what they have lived through, what they have lost and the challenges of re-establishing their lives.

“We’re really delighted to have signed this agreement with beyondblue, which does fabulous work and complements the services we provide before, during and after emergencies.”

Acting beyondblue CEO Dr Brian Graetz said beyondblue was pleased to formalise its work with the Red Cross.

“We are pleased to be collaborating with such a well-respected and trusted organisation to give people in need of assistance information about depression and anxiety, when they need it, wherever they live in Australia,” he said.

Source: Red Cross Australia

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