Mental illness comprises a wide range of disorders and varies in its severity. The effect of mental illness can be severe on the individuals and families concerned and its influence is far-reaching for society as a whole.
For 35 people in Australia each day, the only escape from the trauma of mental health is attempting to take their own life. Of these, eight will unfortunately be successful. Suicide is the leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds, accounting for 26 per cent of deaths in this age group.
Scientific research needs to urgently evolve in the area of mental health to develop our understanding across many areas of mental illness – what causes it, how to treat it, and ultimately, how to prevent it.
Flinders Foundation is committed to investing in research to improve the understanding, prevention and treatment of mental health. We want to fix the problem, to find ways to cure, and ultimately prevent, people suffering from mental illness.
This includes - but is not limited to - depression, anxiety, eating disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress, dementia, Alzheimer's and other acute mental illnesses.