About BlackDog Institute.
The Black Dog Institute undertakes research into the prevention, early intervention, and treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and anxiety. They partner with the Australian Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP) concerned with lowering suicide rates in Australia. According to CRESP, suicide is the most common cause of death in Australians aged 15–44 years – more common than deaths from motor vehicle accidents or skin cancer and the tenth most common cause of death overall for Australian males. The problem is worse in rural and regional areas, according to a 2012 study by Griffith University.
The Black Dog Institute launched “Men’s Health Study” in 2014, with the aim of identifying ways to prevent male suicides and developing mental health tools designed specifically for men. Based on this research, the Black Dog Institute launched an online program, Man Central, that helps men identify early signs of depression and provides tips on how to cope.
In 2018, Black Dog Institute became part of a cooperative partnership of four clinical, educational, and research allies, including Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD), and UNSW Sydney to create Mindgardens Neuroscience Network which became the largest collaboration between researchers and clinicians in the Southern Hemisphere on brain disorders.