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Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation is thrilled to be working closely with the Law Society as its chosen President’s Charity for 2021.

Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2018 and is Australia’s only dedicated mental health research foundation. It exists to help create a life free from mental illness by supporting groundbreaking research.

Right now one in five Australians has a diagnosed mental health issue and nine Australians die from suicide every day. That is not acceptable. Mental illness doesn’t discriminate. Directly or indirectly it affects us all.

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

John Mannion is Breakthrough’s inaugural Executive Director and has worked in the mental health arena for more than 30 years. First in his native UK but also managing mental health services in South Australia. His passion and dedication for reducing the stigma of mental health and raising much needed funds to support research is unmistakable.

“There’s an enormous amount of work being done to treat people who have a mental health illness. But despite best efforts, we’re not winning the battle against mental health issues and more needs to be done,” Mr Mannion said.

We know that this is going to take a truly collective effort to achieve the research breakthroughs which is why we undertook an analysis with EY Australia. The report identified our four key areas of research, based on where it is needed most, as well as capacity building on our strengths here in South Australia.

These priority areas are depression, indigenous mental health, eating disorders and youth mental health.

Breakthrough also has a number of partnerships including with the Adelaide Crows, SANFL, Adelaide Footy League and many other sporting organisations that host the annual Breakthrough Community Round.

Breakthrough hosts a range of events, business luncheons, podcasts and adventure fundraising opportunities so please stay tuned to Breakthrough’s social channels to keep in the loop.

If you’d like to find out more, or you would like to get involved, please get in touch with the team at info@breakthroughfoundation.org.au

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