Who we are

Who we are​

Who we are​

Breakthrough is Australia’s only dedicated mental health research foundation.

We exist to support ground breaking research that will help to transform the lives of those affected by mental health issues.​

Our goal is to fund evidence-based research to better understand what causes mental illness, how to reduce its impact and ultimately prevent mental illness from happening in the first place.

Through investing in science-based research, we believe we can change these alarming statistics:

0 %

of Australians may experience mental illness at some point in their life.

0 %

of diagnosable mental illness onsets between the ages of 11 and 14.

0 %

of diagnosable mental illness onsets before the age of 24.


Australians die of suicide every day.

More young Australians

aged 15-44 die from suicide than any other cause.

$ 0 b

is the annual cost of mental health in Australia.

That’s where we come in.

Breakthrough identified that mental health issues were growing at an alarming rate, with existing services unable to slow the growth of mental illness – the biggest health challenge in our lifetime – and its devastating impacts.

Recognising that more needed to be done, a foundation dedicated to fixing the problem through mental health research has been established.

We recognise the size of the problem and the need for a new approach based on research.

Without research we would not have made advancements in heart disease and cancer and we need to invest in mental health research to save people from experiencing the devastating effects of mental illness.

It’s going to take a truly collective effort to achieve the research breakthroughs we so desperately need.