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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.
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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

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