We are facing the biggest health crisis of our lifetime.
1 in 5 Australians has a mental health issue.
9 Australians die from suicide every day.
More young Australians aged 15-24 die from suicide than any other cause.
50% of diagnosable mental illness onsets between 11 and 14.
75% of diagnosable mental illness onsets before age 24.
$180 billion is the annual cost of mental health in Australia.
Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation is Australia’s only dedicated mental health research foundation.
We support ground breaking research that will help to transform the lives of those affected by mental health issues. Mental illness is going to be the biggest health challenge in our lifetime. One in five Australians has a diagnosed mental health condition, and more people between 15-44 years are dying from suicide than any other cause. This is not acceptable.
Our mission is to create a life free from mental illness.
Freedom to live your life without restriction.
Freedom to chase your dreams.
Freedom to leave your home, build relationships, to fall in love.
Freedom from the economic and social costs and impacts.
Key research focus areas
Research will find the causes and triggers of mental illness, help us to recognise the early warning signs, guide the development of new technology, and make sure that mental health treatment is based on the best scientific evidence. It’s through research breakthroughs that we will ultimately prevent and cure mental illness.
Funded research projects
EATing together to reduce chronic loneliness in older people
Can sharing a meal with someone combat loneliness and depression in older people?READ MORE
Improving the mental health of young men through sport
Exploring whether infiltrating traditional masculinised sport settings is the key to improving young men’s mental health.READ MORE
New programs to support vulnerable youth at risk of suicide
Vulnerable young people at risk of self-harm and suicide will receive innovative therapyREAD MORE
New treatment program for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Researchers will trial a more flexible treatment program for people suffering PTSDREAD MORE
Doctors’ mental health and suicide risk
Flinders researchers are looking to reduce suicide risk among one of the groups at highest risk of poor mental health... doctorsREAD MORE
Motivational interviewing virtual training tool
Researchers are developing a new 'motivational interviewing' virtual software toolREAD MORE
Kicking bullying to the kerb in schools
You can prevent the harmful effects of bullying in primary schools by supporting a new research-based approach.READ MORE
Are eating disorders in the genes?
Why does somebody develop an eating disorder? It’s an incredibly difficult question – but with your help an answer is possible.READ MORE