Better Mental Health
We all know mental health in Australia needs to be better. And that’s our goal at Black Dog Institute.
Through world-leading research, we’re working to provide better solutions and outcomes for everyone
As one of Australia’s leading Medical Research Institutes, we know there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges that we’re facing together.
Our research findings give us hope for the future. And by rapidly translating our research into evidence-based programs, services, and products, that hope can become reality. We want the best information we have available to be in the hands of the people who need it. To help themselves, their friends and family, their students, their workplaces, and their communities.
We’re always searching for the next best thing, and we don’t stop there
We are privileged to work with some of the leading experts and partners in the sector to strive for better in everything that we do.
We know that through hard work, continuous knowledge sharing, and being led by the evidence, we can help to provide better mental health for all Australians.
Here’s how we’re creating better mental health for:
Health professionals, workplaces and schools
Providing training and support for Health Professionals
We offer evidence-based training and webinars for health professionals looking to expand their knowledge and skills in the area of mental health so they can support patients presenting with mental health conditions in their clinical work, and provide resources and support to help navigate burnout and maintain good mental health themselves.
Building Better Mental Health in the Workplace
We spend one third of our adult lives working, so workplaces provide opportunities to share information about mental health and wellbeing. Backed by research, and delivered by experts, we offer a range of training workshops, eLearning programs and presentations to develop skills to build better mental health at work.
Creating mentally healthy school environments for Educators & Young People
We know that the years spent at school are critical in delivering prevention and intervention strategies. Our evidence-informed school resources, presentations, and programs including teacher and educator training have been developed to help young Australians grow into resilient and mentally healthy adults.
Children, young People and adults, including emergency service workers and First Nations peoples
Developing and testing new and accessible mental health treatments
We offer a variety of evidence-supported digital tools, resources, toolkits, fact sheets and other information for common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicidal thoughts, for adults, youth and children.
Supporting first responders through the National Emergency Worker Support Service
This service provides confidential and specialised trauma-informed mental health support for emergency service workers and volunteers. Connect with our leading mental health specialists via telehealth or face-to-face. No referral, Medicare, or GP information required.
Working towards being a trusted partner of First Nations leaders and their communities
Through our partnerships, we aim to elevate the voices of First Nations people and share their stories to co-design, inform, and deliver culturally safe mental health and suicide prevention initiatives, and to support the social and emotional wellbeing of all individuals and communities.
The future: how we can make things even better?
Advancing research and clinical trials for treatment-resistant depression
Recent evidence has shown that a good portion of patients with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) can get better with neuromodulation treatments such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
Providing expert advice and analysis to Government to inform national, state and territory policies
Through the evidence produced by our research, we advocate for policies, programs and interventions that will improve mental health outcomes for all Australians in the form of evidence briefings, policy proposals, submissions, articles, and position statements.
Partnering with Primary Health Networks to provide better outcomes in Suicide Prevention
Black Dog Institute Suicide Prevention Implementation team turns leading suicide prevention research into best-practice programs, products and services. We work with Primary Health Networks, healthcare professionals and community members to implement effective suicide prevention initiatives.
Since our foundation in 1985 as the ‘Mood Disorders Unit’ at Prince Henry Hospital, Sydney, we 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, our focus has expanded to address new challenges and opportunities in mental health – suicide prevention, digital innovation, lived experience, youth and workplace mental health. Our work in mood disorders continues through our investigation of new and better ways to treat and prevent conditions like anxiety and depression through digital tools and novel treatments.
Already, we are seeing impact nationally and internationally with major initiatives such as LifeSpan, CRESP, myCompass and Bite Back.