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.

The statistics on mental health in Australia are astounding.

1 in 5 people experience symptoms of mental illness each year

8 people in Australia die by suicide every day

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

More people aged 15-44 die from suicide than cancer or road accidents

72% of males do not seek help for mental illness

Indigenous people in Australia are twice as likely to die by suicide

More than 2 million Australians suffer from anxiety

About the Black Dog Institute

Black Dog Institute is celebrating 20 years of impact in mental health research. Over that time, we’ve expanded from treating and researching mood disorders to becoming leaders in suicide prevention, digital mental health, workplace mental health, new treatments, and early intervention to help young people.

Black Dog Institute is the only medical research institute in Australia to investigate mental health across the lifespan. Black Dog Institute is driven to support that 60% of the community who would not ordinarily seek help and we do that through Science, Compassion and Action.