Science. Compassion. Action.

1 in 5 of us will experience symptoms of mental illness in any given year. In Australia that’s around 5 million people. And roughly 60% of these people won’t seek help.

As the only medical research institute in Australia to investigate mental health across the lifespan, their aim is to create a mentally healthier world for everyone.

They do this through ‘translational’ research. Integrating research studies, education programs, digital tools and apps, clinical services, and public resources to discover new solutions, foster connections and create real-world change.

Their partnerships with people with lived experience, federal, state and local governments, communities, schools, corporate Australia and others in the mental health sector enables them to drive evidence-informed change in mental health where it’s needed most.

If you need any help during this challenging time, please click here for Black Dog Institutes mental health and COVID resources.

Black Dog Institute's Evolution

Since their foundation in 1985 as the ‘Mood Disorders Unit’ at Prince Henry Hospital, Sydney, they have been at the forefront of mental health research. Rapidly evolving to drive the creation of new knowledge and ensure that clinical best practice continues to be improved and refined in line with the latest evidence.

Today, their focus has expanded to address new challenges and opportunities in mental health – suicide preventiondigital innovationlived experienceyouth and workplace mental health. Their work in mood disorders continues through investigation of new and better ways to treat and prevent conditions like anxiety and depression through digital tools and novel treatments.

Already, they are seeing impact nationally and internationally with major initiatives such as LifeSpanCRESPmyCompass and Bite Back.

Thank you for your dedication and support to Black Dog Institutes work.