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Mental Health Week starts tomorrow on World Mental Health Day, Saturday 10 October.

The conversation around mental health has never been so strong as we grapple with our daily lives changing considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The past months have brought many challenges and for people with mental health conditions, many have been experiencing even greater social isolation than before.

The economic consequences of the pandemic are already being felt so it is expected that the need for mental health support will substantially increase in the coming months and years. Investment in mental health is now more important than it has ever been.

This is why the goal of this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign is increased investment in mental health.

This is our goal at Breakthrough. To create a life free from mental illness. Despite best efforts, we’re not winning the battle against mental health issues and more needs to be done. This is why we are the only dedicated mental health research foundation in the country.

Research is the only way to find the causes and the triggers of mental illness and to help us recognise the early warning signs, guide the development of new technology and to make sure that mental health treatment is based on the best scientific evidence.

Breakthrough undertook an analysis with EY that identified our four key areas of research, based on where its 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.

Investment in mental health has never been more critical.

Let’s Invest. 

For more information on World Mental Health Day visit:

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day/world-mental-health-day-2020

 

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