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Pioneers in the management and treatment of mood disorders

The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mood disorders through our high quality translational research, our clinical expertise and our national education programs.

One in five Australians are affected by mental illness every year, with one of the most common of these being depression. It touches people of all ages and from all walks of life, and places an enormous burden on individuals, families, workplaces and the health system.

Living with the ‘black dog’ (as Winston Churchill labelled his depression) can be overwhelming, a feeling of being trapped in a dark haze. It can manifest as extreme lethargy, irritability or sadness. In extreme cases, it can result in thoughts of suicide or self-harm.

But there is hope.

The Black Dog Institute is a world-leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. Founded in 2002, the Institute combines expertise in clinical management with cutting edge research to develop new, and more effective, strategies for people living with mood disorders.

Our research extends from risk identification genomic studies to development of websites to enhance mental resilience in teenagers. We are conducting clinical trials into new treatment methods as well as conducting ground-breaking imaging studies to “see” what happens to the brain when depression strikes.

Whilst diagnosis and treatment is of utmost importance, the Black Dog Institute also places emphasis on teaching people to recognise the symptoms of mood disorders in themselves and others, as well providing them with the right psychological tools to hold the black dog at bay.

Based in Sydney, the Black Dog Institute partners with universities, health services, and community groups across the country. We focus on access, running education programs in regional areas and providing a number of clinically-endorsed training programs for both health care professionals and workplaces.

John Wells was recently appointed a Board Member of The Black Dog Institute.