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
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
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.