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Black Dog Institute

Contact

Name: Karen Elliff

Position: Director, Fundraising and Development

Email: k.elliff@blackdog.org.au

Website: http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au

Address

Hospital Rd

Randwick Sydney 2031

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Our Mission / Objective

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.

As a translational mental health research organisation, we are unique in Australia and worldwide.  By rapidly translating our research findings into improved and innovative clinical treatments, e-mental health tools and education programs, we can bridge the average 17-year research-to-practice gap in health and deliver tangible benefits to the community.

Our vision is of a mentally healthier world.

Our Services

The Black Dog Institute is internationally recognised as a leader in researching the early detection, prevention and treatment of common mental health disorders.  Our researchers and staff work within the following seven key research priority areas:

  • suicide prevention
  • e-mental health, such as apps and online therapeutic programs
  • workplace mental health 
  • novel clinical treatments, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • prevention in young people
  • trauma and mental health
  • knowledge translation and implementation science

Our Beneficiaries

Black Dog Institute works with all groups in the community including:

  • youth, with a particular focus on early intervention and prevention
  • those most at-risk of suicide
  • rural, remote and regional areas, as well as metropolitan locations
  • high-risk groups such as Indigenous communities and refugees
  • high-risk workforces such as emergency services and male-dominated industries.

Projects in Progress

Black Dog Institute has over 143 research projects currently underway and in different stages of development and progress. Below are listed just a few.

LifeSpan – the largest suicide prevention trial to be implemented and evaluated in Australia involving the coordination of strategies within a local region.

Future Proofing – the study aims to prevent depression and anxiety in young people. The ground-breaking initiative will engage 20,000 Year 8 students and follow them over a five-year period to discover how to use smartphones to deliver preventive interventions on a large scale. 

Lifebuoy – a smartphone-based app designed to help young people manage their suicidal thoughts and negative feelings in daily life. The app is informed by the principals of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

iBobbly – a randomised control trial of a tablet-based program specifically for Indigenous young people experiencing suicidal thoughts.

These are just a few of our current projects underway. For priority projects requiring funding please contact Karen Elliff k.elliff@blackdog.org.au.

Our People

CEO

Scientia Professor Helen Christensen, Chief Scientist and Director

Leadership Team

Black Dog Institute is governed by an active and engaged Board drawn from all walks of life including government, medicine, science, legal, business, finance, government as well as includes the voice of lived experience.

Professor Helen Christensen is supported by a highly professional team of senior management comprising expertise in Finance, Operations, IT, Human Resources, Fundraising, Marketing and Communications, Education, Clinical Services and of course Research.

Registration Information

ABN

12 115 954 197

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

Leaving a gift in your will to the Black Dog Institute is a far-sighted decision that will continue to support our research and delivery of treatments and programs long into the future.

Your gift can help us to:

  • develop more effective treatments for mental illnesses like depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder
  • develop early intervention and prevention programs for young people to prevent the onset of mental illness
  • continue to expand our reach to more people throughout Australia with e-mental health and education programs
  • prevent suicide in our community.

For more information about how to leave a gift in your will to the Black Dog Institute please visit our website

General Donations

About 1 in 5 Australians experience mental illness each year, with depression and anxiety being the most common.

Mental illness starts early in life, with up to three-quarters of all mental illnesses emerging by the time a person is 24.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for people aged 15 – 44 years, with around 2,800 suicides each year and a further 70,000 attempts.

Mental illness and suicide devastate families and communities. But mental illness and suicide are preventable.

Please donate today to support our work.

Other support

Black Dog Institute relies on the generosity of businesses, philanthropists and the general public to deliver its education programs, develop innovative treatments and undertake pilot research studies and projects.

If you would like to fundraise for the Black Dog Institute, there are many ways you can get involved. Whether you want to run, swim, walk, bake, sing, paint, dance or do something else to raise funds for us – every little bit counts. To find out more about fundraising events in your area or to start your own fundraising event, visit our fundraising page. We’d love to hear from you!

Work with us

Visit our website to see current employment opportunities at Black Dog Institute.

Volunteer with us

Black Dog Institute has an active network of over 150 volunteers located throughout Australia. To find out more about current volunteering opportunities, visit our volunteering page.

Our Mission / Objective

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.

As a translational mental health research organisation, we are unique in Australia and worldwide.  By rapidly translating our research findings into improved and innovative clinical treatments, e-mental health tools and education programs, we can bridge the average 17-year research-to-practice gap in health and deliver tangible benefits to the community.

Our vision is of a mentally healthier world.

Our Services

The Black Dog Institute is internationally recognised as a leader in researching the early detection, prevention and treatment of common mental health disorders.  Our researchers and staff work within the following seven key research priority areas:

  • suicide prevention
  • e-mental health, such as apps and online therapeutic programs
  • workplace mental health 
  • novel clinical treatments, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • prevention in young people
  • trauma and mental health
  • knowledge translation and implementation science

Our Beneficiaries

Black Dog Institute works with all groups in the community including:

  • youth, with a particular focus on early intervention and prevention
  • those most at-risk of suicide
  • rural, remote and regional areas, as well as metropolitan locations
  • high-risk groups such as Indigenous communities and refugees
  • high-risk workforces such as emergency services and male-dominated industries.

Projects in Progress

Black Dog Institute has over 143 research projects currently underway and in different stages of development and progress. Below are listed just a few.

LifeSpan – the largest suicide prevention trial to be implemented and evaluated in Australia involving the coordination of strategies within a local region.

Future Proofing – the study aims to prevent depression and anxiety in young people. The ground-breaking initiative will engage 20,000 Year 8 students and follow them over a five-year period to discover how to use smartphones to deliver preventive interventions on a large scale. 

Lifebuoy – a smartphone-based app designed to help young people manage their suicidal thoughts and negative feelings in daily life. The app is informed by the principals of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

iBobbly – a randomised control trial of a tablet-based program specifically for Indigenous young people experiencing suicidal thoughts.

These are just a few of our current projects underway. For priority projects requiring funding please contact Karen Elliff k.elliff@blackdog.org.au.

Our People

CEO

Scientia Professor Helen Christensen, Chief Scientist and Director

Leadership Team

Black Dog Institute is governed by an active and engaged Board drawn from all walks of life including government, medicine, science, legal, business, finance, government as well as includes the voice of lived experience.

Professor Helen Christensen is supported by a highly professional team of senior management comprising expertise in Finance, Operations, IT, Human Resources, Fundraising, Marketing and Communications, Education, Clinical Services and of course Research.

Registration Information

ABN

12 115 954 197

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

Leaving a gift in your will to the Black Dog Institute is a far-sighted decision that will continue to support our research and delivery of treatments and programs long into the future.

Your gift can help us to:

  • develop more effective treatments for mental illnesses like depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder
  • develop early intervention and prevention programs for young people to prevent the onset of mental illness
  • continue to expand our reach to more people throughout Australia with e-mental health and education programs
  • prevent suicide in our community.

For more information about how to leave a gift in your will to the Black Dog Institute please visit our website

General Donations

About 1 in 5 Australians experience mental illness each year, with depression and anxiety being the most common.

Mental illness starts early in life, with up to three-quarters of all mental illnesses emerging by the time a person is 24.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for people aged 15 – 44 years, with around 2,800 suicides each year and a further 70,000 attempts.

Mental illness and suicide devastate families and communities. But mental illness and suicide are preventable.

Please donate today to support our work.

Other support

Black Dog Institute relies on the generosity of businesses, philanthropists and the general public to deliver its education programs, develop innovative treatments and undertake pilot research studies and projects.

If you would like to fundraise for the Black Dog Institute, there are many ways you can get involved. Whether you want to run, swim, walk, bake, sing, paint, dance or do something else to raise funds for us – every little bit counts. To find out more about fundraising events in your area or to start your own fundraising event, visit our fundraising page. We’d love to hear from you!

Work with us

Visit our website to see current employment opportunities at Black Dog Institute.

Volunteer with us

Black Dog Institute has an active network of over 150 volunteers located throughout Australia. To find out more about current volunteering opportunities, visit our volunteering page.

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