About the Ian Potter Foundation
The Ian Potter Foundation is a major Australian philanthropic foundation that supports and promotes excellence and innovation. The Foundation was established in 1964 by Australian financier, businessman and philanthropist, Sir Ian Potter (1902 – 1994).
Through its grants program, the Foundation seeks to encourage excellence and support Australia’s talent: the visionaries, social entrepreneurs, scientists, academics and researchers, artists and teachers, and those who dedicate themselves to bettering our communities for the benefit of all.
Support for SANE
The Foundation is supporting SANE’s ‘Better Support’ three-year research and resource development project that seeks to understand and better support the needs of families and friends after a loved one has attempted suicide.
A matched grant from the Grenet Merrin Foundation will support engagement with the University of New England in conducting qualitative research to evaluate the provision of support and services for carers of people who have attempted suicide.
Funding from The Ian Potter Foundation will then inform the development of resources, promotion and advocacy towards increasing the knowledge of community and health sector professionals, whilst reducing stigma, and improving the lives of those who are supporting a loved one.
At its core, Better Support will provide practical and easy to access information about how best to support a person who has attempted suicide, and how to stay healthy as the care-giver.
The resources will emphasise a non-clinical, first-person perspective and be disseminated through community and Primary Health Networks, and our network of 50+ mental health partners. It will also allow us to effectively advocate on behalf of those impacted by attempted suicide and inform policy and programming decisions.