Protecting our children
The Wilson Foundation facilitated Act For Kids' expansion into New South Wales, funding its first integrated therapy service centre at Blacktown in 2016.
Act for Kids is an Australian charity working tirelessly to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect. Through prevention, treatment, research and education Act For Kids is committed to supporting children and young people in Australia.
Food and mood
The Wilson Foundation supports the Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University to conduct innovative research into the impact of nutrition on mental health. The Food & Mood Centre is the only academic research centre specifically focused on nutritional psychiatry, focusing on reducing, preventing or treating mental disorders through diet and nutrition. Professor Jacka and her team recently demonstrated that improving diet in people with a major depressive disorder can significantly alleviate their symptoms. With funding from the Wilson Foundation, important new research that examines the role of nutrition and the gut microbiota in mental and brain health is underway. This holds the promise of targeted interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental disorders that contribute so much to the global burden of disability.
Young Australians creating change
We partner with the Foundation for Young Australians to empower young social entrepreneurs to revolutionise the Australian mental health landscape. The Wilson Foundation has funded 10 participants annually since 2016 within the Young Social Pioneers Program, which is designed to exclusively support young people leading initiatives that respond to society’s most pressing challenges.
Through the Good Pitch Australia events held in Sydney, the Wilson Foundation has partnered with three documentary films and impact campaigns:
- Happy Sad Man – exploring the complexity of mental wellbeing through the eyes of contemporary men today;
- Ghosthunter – an authentic portrait of the complexity and the impact of childhood trauma; and
- 2040 – a vision board for the future, this film explores what the year 2040 would look like if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet.
Changing mental health the digital way
The Wilson Foundation partners with ReachOut Australia to deliver mental health and wellbeing resources to over 2000 schools in Australia. Focused on everyday issues like bullying and exam stress which cause distress to young people, ReachOut's schools program takes a whole-school approach by extending resources school-wide; to leadership, teachers, wellbeing staff, parents and students. ReachOut's innovative approach helps schools provide teaching and learning environments that support students to be healthy, happy, engaged and successful.
Honouring Australian Women
The Wilson Foundation is the official Award Night partner of The 2018 Stella Prize, a major literary award celebrating Australian women writers. The prize acknowledges the importance of recognising, rewarding and reflecting women’s voices in literature as essential to the wellbeing of women and girls.
Children finding their creative voice
We believe all young Australians should be given opportunities to develop communication skills and flexibility of thinking to allow them to reach their full potential in a rapidly changing world. The Wilson Foundation is working with the Sydney Story Factory, a creative writing centre, to double its reach and impact over the next three years until 2020. The Wilson Foundation is supporting Sydney Story Factory to expand across Western Sydney by establishing a new creative writing hub in Parramatta that will change the lives of thousands of marginalised young people every year.