August 2019 | News

Improving mental health, one pair of Blue Boots at a time

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Steel Blue reaches major milestone of $200,000 through the Blue Boots initiative in support of Beyond Blue.

Steel Blue is a proud supporting partner of Beyond Blue and is proud to reach a new milestone in the partnership; $200,000 raised through the Blue Boots initiative.

Since the second year of the initiative, $10 from every pair of Steel Blue men’s and limited-edition ladies Blue Boots is donated directly to Beyond Blue.

Steel Blue joined forces with Beyond Blue in 2014 to make a difference to mental health in Australia with the launch of the Blue Boot initiative, particularly amongst tradies.

Tough working conditions can contribute to an increased risk of anxiety, depression and suicide rates. Workers in the construction industry are almost two times more likely to take their own lives than workers in other industries.

The latest statistics show that this year alone, 65,000 people will attempt suicide in Australia. Eight will die every day and six will be men. 82 men call an ambulance every day, due to suicidal thoughts or attempts.

Over 27,000 pairs of Blue Boots have been sold to date which has allowed more than 4,100 people in Australia to receive support through the Beyond Blue Support Service. The Support Service provides practical support, advice and hope to people in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is entirely funded from donations.

For information about depression, anxiety and suicide prevention, visit beyondblue.org.au

Mental health professionals are available through the Beyond Blue Support Service 24/7 by phone on 1300 22 4636, or webchat and email options via beyondblue.org.au/get-support

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