Hunter Institute of Mental Health has become “Everymind” to mark the start of national mental health week

New name, new look: Everymind director Jaelea Skehan speaks at the launch of the institute's new brand on Monday. Picture: Bryce Noone, of Sarah Candlin Photography.
New name, new look: Everymind director Jaelea Skehan speaks at the launch of the institute's new brand on Monday. Picture: Bryce Noone, of Sarah Candlin Photography.

THE Hunter Institute of Mental Health has rebranded and relaunched as “Everymind” to mark the start of national mental health week.

Director Jaelea Skehan said the institute would still be based in the Hunter, but their work had been nationally-focused for the past 20 years.

“It is a unique point of difference for us to work nationally from our regional base, but we believed that the time was right to rebrand the institute so we could better communicate about the work that we do and the values driven way that we go about doing it,” Ms Skehan said. “The name Everymind is perfect for us, because prevention is at the heart of everything we do.

“We believe that every sector, every community and every individual can make a meaningful contribution to improving mental health and preventing suicide.”

This year, Everymind received Commonwealth funding to build a new online portal that connects suicide prevention work nationally as part of Life in Mind.

In the July budget they were announced as the co-leads for a new “prevention hub” that would deliver translational research to help reduce anxiety and depression. 

Ms Skehan said they wanted to ensure suicide prevention remained a national priority.

“It is not enough to have a scattergun approach – we know prevention works and we need to trial, test and scale interventions so that every school, every workplace, every service, every community and every family can benefit,” she said.