To create a life free from mental illness.
Mental illness is going to be the biggest health challenge in our life time. It consumes lives, ruins lives and takes lives.
Mind and brain research is the only way to know what action needs to be taken to create a life free from mental illness.
Right now, one in five Australians has a mental health issue, and more people between 15-44 years are dying from suicide than any other cause.
This is not acceptable.
Be part of the Breakthrough
What causes mental illness, how to treat it and how to prevent it from happening are still the big unknowns.
It is going to take a truly collective effort to achieve the research breakthroughs we so desperately need to create a life free from mental illness – it’s everybody’s business.
For more information about how you can help, click here.
Step closer to eating disorder answers
Researchers at Flinders University have been awarded funding from Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation to further explore whether genetic factors play a role in a person’s risk of developing an eating disorder.
Professor Tracey Wade’s work will involve collecting thousands of new samples to carry out gene analysis in faeces as part of ground-breaking research looking at predisposition to various eating disorders.
This forms part of an international research project which has been focusing on identifying specific gene variants in anorexia nervosa. This additional funding means researchers can now launch genetic studies for other eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.
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.
Research breakthroughs will ultimately prevent and cure mental illness.
Through an annual grants program, Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation will fund projects focused on four research themes (listed below) to create a life free from mental illness.
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