Your Impact

You're helping create a mentally healthier world, for everyone.

By taking part in One Foot Forward and raising funds, you are helping the 1 in 5 Australians who experience symptoms of mental illness every year.

You're helping to connect research answers, expert knowledge and the voices of people who have experienced mental ill-health to deliver solutions that work.

The money you raise is being used to create real-world impact in these four key areas:

Prevent

Helping young people overcome sleep difficulties to prevent depression and anxiety.



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Inform

Preparing our community presenters to talk about mental health and where to find support to reach schools and communities.

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Educate

Training teachers to
support students stuggling with anxiety in schools to
help reduce the impact of
mental illness.

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Support

Supporting research, running clinical trials and developing policy recommendations
to reform mental health
services.

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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.

Thanks to our One Foot Forward community, here are some of the achievements and mental health services we were able to deliver in the past year:

Under the Radar

With suicide the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44, there are many people experiencing suicidal thoughts who are “flying under the radar”. 

Your donations contributed to research to understand characteristics, experiences, stress, help-seeking behaviours, and barriers to accessing clinical support for those under the radar. Together we are co-designing open and easy-to-reach help for people who don’t yet reach out for clinical care.

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Digital and e-health services

Your fundraising supported the development of a standardised approach to our app development by implementing a design system which ensures our apps deliver the best possible user experience for our communities.

You also helped support the ongoing delivery of a range of evidence-based digital interventions and apps which help overcome some of the common barriers to help-seeking such as stigma, access to services and cost by providing a low-cost, accessible and private way to reach care. Services such as myCompass, BITEBACK, iBobbly and LifeBuoy.

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Future Proofing

We’re asking the hard questions through research: can a mobile app prevent the development of mental health symptoms in teens?

With 50% of all mental health issues starting in adolescence, we’re seeing if we can use smartphones to deliver evidence-based prevention on a large scale.  Your donations helped us to keep growing our school-based research trials into five states, and ensures this five-year study of school students keeps going.



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The need for support.

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

In fact, suicide is the leading cause of death in people aged 15-44 years.

As a community, we need to come together to show those living with mental illness that they’re not alone and help fund crucial mental health research.

Join us in solidarity and put One Foot Forward this October for mental health.

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