The Cause

Mental illness in Australia

Mental illness is very common. 1 in 5 people experience symptoms of mental illness each year. That’s more than 5 million people in Australia. The most common of these illnesses are anxiety and depression.

Unfortunately, less than half of all people in Australia experiencing the symptoms of mental illness will not seek professional help – often with tragic consequences.

In fact, suicide is the leading cause of death in people in Australia aged 15-44 years. As a community, we need to come together to support those living with mental illness.

This October, during Mental Health Month, we’re putting One Foot Forward for mental health. It’s our opportunity to show those living with mental illness that they’re not alone.

Together, we’re walking in solidarity for people in Australia living with mental illness.

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Your impact

The funds we raise from One Foot Forward will support research into early detection, prevention and treatment
of mental health disorders, as well as funding vital support services for those most at risk.

Your support helps us fund vital support services such as:


iBobbly is a social and emotional wellbeing self-help app for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths.


BITE BACK is the first online positive psychology program designed to improve the overall wellbeing and resilience of young Australians.

COVID-19 Resources

Our mental health resources and support tools provide basic advice for Australian’s looking for guidance.

About the Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute brings together the strength of a medical research institute and a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by poor mental health.

Our mission is to enable mentally healthier lives through innovations in science, medicine, education, public policy and knowledge translation.

Here are some of the achievements and mental health services we were able to deliver in the past year with the help of supporters like you