The Cause

Mental health in Australia

Mental illness is very common. Most of us will know someone experiencing mental illness,
or even experience it ourselves, at some point in our life.

1 in 5 Australians experience a mental illness each year

9 people in Australia die by suicide every day

60% of people living with mental illness will not seek help

Suicide is the leading cause of death among people aged 15-44

About the Black Dog Institute

Science. Compassion. Action.

1 in 5 of us will experience a 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, our aim is to create a mentally healthier world for everyone.

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

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