Black dog Institute aims to enable mentally healthier lives through innovations in science, medicine, education, public policy and knowledge translation. It is a not-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by poor mental health and is the world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.
With representatives across the country, their primary focus is developing and publicising the knowledge needed to understand, prevent and treat the significant mental health challenges facing the world. All of their work is based on scientific and clinical evidence. They aim to significantly reduce the incidence of mental illness and suicide, remove the stigma and empower all people to live the most mental healthy life possible.
Their unique approach incorporates clinical services with research, their health professional training and community education programs. They combine expertise in clinical management with innovative research to develop new, and more effective, strategies for people living with mental illness. The Black Dog Institute also place emphasis on teaching people to recognise the symptom of poor mental health in themselves and others, as well as providing them with the right psychological tools to hold the black dog at bay.
– Grace Pillow, Cassie Croxton and YuYi Dix-Manley (submitted as part of a Year 11 HPE assignment).