Volunteer with us
Join the Team Black Dog volunteering community and help us to help others!
Mental illness touches everybody in one way or another. Here at the Black Dog Institute, we’re very lucky to have a number of volunteers who support us in our work. Whether it’s helping out at events or in our office, becoming one of our presenters and sharing your story, or spreading the word about us in your community, you’ll help to make a difference to the lives of people going through tough times. Our volunteers are passionate about helping us to help others.
How can I help the Black Dog Institute?
We offer a variety of opportunities to help out, and you can read about the type of available roles below.
Our team of Youth Presenters speak to high school students across Australia. Youth Presenters share their personal story of living with depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder as a young person (or caring for a young person with a mental illness). These presentations help to reduce stigma about mental health issues, encourage help-seeking, and offer hope to other young people.
Our Youth Presenters are provided a free two-day training program and ongoing support.
Our team of Community Presenters deliver mental health awareness presentations throughout Australia. Community Presenters help to increase mental health knowledge in the community, an understanding of help-seeking options and services, and advocate for empathy towards those experiencing mental health disorders.
As part of these presentations, our Community Presenters share their personal insights of living with, or caring for, a loved one with depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. This aims to combat the stigma associated with mental illness.
Event Support Volunteers
Our Event Support volunteers form an enthusiastic team who help us out with community events associated with the Black Dog Institute. Event volunteering is a great way to be involved in a fun day, meet like-minded others, and support your favourite charity – us! The support roles differ depending on the type of event, but can include activities such as helping out with event registrations, event marshalling, working on drink/food stations for sporting events, and the collection of donations.
Office Support Volunteers
Office Support volunteers provide valuable administrative support to the Black Dog team at our head office located in Randwick, Sydney. We are also privileged to have talented individuals who contribute their skills in graphic design, marketing and communications, research, and other fields to support the work undertaken by the Black Dog Institute.
To learn about upcoming volunteer positions go to our Volunteer with us page.
How can I apply to become a volunteer for the Black Dog Institute?
The Black Dog Institute advertises all current available volunteering opportunities here. To express your interest in an available role, simply complete the online application form.
Designated volunteering roles include Community and Youth Presenters, office support and event support volunteering.
If our advertised roles are not relevant to you but you have a particular set of skills (for example, graphic design, marketing, media etc) that you wish to contribute, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a chat!
Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we unfortunately cannot place all applicants in a role.
How does the recruitment process work?
The Institute attempts to place applicants of the volunteer program in a suitable role that matches your motivation, interests, experience, and skills.
Applicants for presenter and office support roles who are shortlisted as suitable from their application will be notified and invited to participate in a (friendly) interview.
Following an interview, those who meet the eligibility requirements will be invited to attend the required training before commencing in their role.
Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we unfortunately cannot guarantee that all applicants will be placed in a role.
Does the Black Dog Institute cover out-of-pocket expenses for volunteers?
The Black Dog Institute covers all approved out-of-pocket expenses incurred in the delivery of our volunteer roles.
Do you take on student placements/internships?
The Black Dog Institute only has limited capacity to take on student placements/internships and is unable to offer any client-facing exposure. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about availability.
Does the Black Dog Institute take on school work experience students?
The Black Dog Institute loves to involve young people in our work through the School Work Experience Program. This takes place in our office based in Sydney, though is subject to availability. Please contact email@example.com to find out about availability.