In 2019 Bipolar Australia was one of four charities to receive $5000 from MAX Solutions’ charitable arm, the MAX Foundation. In 2020, Bipolar Australia has put the funds to excellent use, producing a new COVID-19 resource to help people affected by bipolar disorder during the pandemic.
“Staying Home with Bipolar: Information for the Coronavirus Emergency” was produced by Bipolar Australia using funds donated by the MAX Foundation.
The e-booklet is now available for use across Australia and provides ideas and resources to help people living with bipolar, including families and carers, cope more effectively with the societal changes – such as physical and social distancing regulations – that have been introduced to help reduce the impact of the virus.
Bipolar Australia Executive Director Susana Bluwol said the project was part of Bipolar Australia’s ongoing commitment to support all Australians impacted by bipolar.
“Many people are feeling isolated and anxious because of the need to stay at home,” Ms Bluwol said. “The ‘Staying Home with Bipolar’ resource will give Australians with lived experience of bipolar and their families tips and tools that they can use to continue successfully managing the condition while minimising the impact of COVID-19.”
MAX Solutions Managing Director Deborah Homewood said the guide was an example of the positive impact that the organisation’s charitable foundation delivers through employee contributions and matched company donations.
“I am very pleased that the MAX Foundation has been able to assist the 598,000 Australians with bipolar disorder during this difficult time,” Ms Homewood said. “Our organisation supports many customers who have complex mental health conditions, such as bipolar, and we look forward to sharing this guide in the communities we work with.”
“Staying Home with Bipolar” is now available to read online at the Bipolar Australia website, www.bipolaraustralia.org.au/resources/staying-home-with-bipolar. Electronic copies of the booklet can also be purchased.
Every dollar contributed by staff to the MAX Foundation is matched by MAX Solutions.