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More than $200,000 in mental health research grants awarded

Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation, along with the Orama Institute at Flinders University, has joined forces to provide $235,000 for eight new mental health research projects.

The grants cover topics like trauma, disordered eating, improving the mental health and wellbeing of doctors and medical students during the COVID-19 pandemic and the mental health effects of digital technology habits during COVID-19 pandemic.

Breakthrough Executive Director John Mannion said this year, the wish was to invest in research that built upon the strengths of South Australia.

“This enabled us to focus upon research within Indigenous Mental Health, Depression, Eating Disorders and Young People’s Mental Health,” Mr Mannion said.

“We are supporting research that focuses on early intervention and prevention and enhancing the fact that South Australian research is at the leading edge of research into mental health.

“At Breakthrough, our vision is to help create a life free from mental illness but we know that this is going to take a truly collective effort to achieve the research breakthroughs we so desperately need and this is why we are so excited to fund these exciting research projects.”

Acting Director Orama Institute for Mental Health and Wellbeing Professor Mike Kyrios said the personal and professional cost of mental ill health to individuals from all walks of life, and the social and economic costs to our society, were significant.

“That’s why we are extremely excited to be working with Breakthrough to fund this incredibly diverse range of research projects,” Professor Kyrios said.

“These projects will enable us to work alongside people with lived experience to investigate the needs of specific populations and the co-design solutions that can be translated into practice within the community.”

The Awards were presented at a ceremony Friday 16 October. The researchers were presented the grants by a number of community fundraisers including Sturt Premiership Captain Zane Kirkwood, Para Hills Football Club Chairman Scott Charlton and senior player Ryan Rebbeck, eating disorder advocate Mario Corena among the generous people who have raised money for mental health research.

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