HIA Charitable Foundation
The HIA Charitable Foundation was introduced in 2012 to provide assistance to a wide range of initiatives across a broad spectrum of worthy causes. This philanthropic ideal is the cornerstone of the foundation. In its first two years it raised $400,000, providing much-needed funds for specific research into mesothelioma, and for shelter for the homeless.
The Foundation (HIACF) has a new initiative to tackle a nation-wide condition that affects one in four people in the residential construction industry: depression, anxiety and substance abuse.
Many of us have been confronted at some stage with a range of stresses that have threatened our mental health and wellbeing. And workers in the building industry are not immune. Ours can be a tough industry, with extreme highs and lows, so it is not surprising there is a high incidence of anxiety. Now, HIACF aims to empower and support the wider network of members and their families who may be experiencing difficulties.
The Foundation currently supports beyondblue which is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. beyondblue aims to increase awareness and understanding of anxiety and depression in Australia and to reduce the associated stigma. It is a bipartisan initiative of the federal, state and territory governments and is supported by the generosity of individuals, corporate Australia and Movember, including now also the HIA Charitable Foundation (HIACF). With residential construction workers six times more likely to die by suicide than through a workplace accident, the beyondblue/HIACF partnership is a very welcome initiative.
Requests for funding support and more information can be found at the HIA Charitable Foundation website.
Phone: 1300 783 345