Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious mental health issue with about 15 per cent of Australian girls experiencing an eating disorder by the time they are 19 years old.

Disordered eating affects 23 per cent of young Australian women with long-term detrimental impacts on quality of life. Males account for one in four cases of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

Indigenous Mental Health

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, emotional wellbeing is a holistic concept that includes mental health but also the importance of connection to land and culture.

The rate of Indigenous Australians reporting ‘high or very high’ levels of psychological distress was 2.3 times the rate for non-Indigenous Australians


Depression affects more than 264 million people globally.

The most recognised symptom is low mood and loss of interest in activities. This starts to impact daily life and relationships. It is one of the most common of all mental health conditions but there’s still so much we don’t know.

Youth Mental Health

About one in seven children between the ages of four and seven have experienced a mental health issue in Australia.

Some of the common issues include bullying, worry or anxiety, relationship problems or body issues. Social and emotional learning is important to all children in terms of overall development.

Funded Research projects

Research Funding

A lack of funding is the only thing stopping researchers from finding the answers that can create a life free from mental illness.

Breakthrough is tackling mental health head on by funding groundbreaking research that will help to transform the lives of those affected by mental health issues.

Mental health issues are 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.

Research breakthroughs will ultimately prevent and cure mental illness
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