The Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation and Órama Institute have joined forces to fund $235,000 for eight mental health research projects, covering issues such as the role of sporting clubs in providing good mental health for youth, eating disorders, intergenerational connections, Aboriginal wellbeing, post-traumatic stress disorder and mental health of medical students and clinicians. The recipients of the grants were announced at a ceremony on Friday 16th October.
Breakthrough Executive Director John Mannion said the focus this year was to invest in research that builds on the strengths of South Australia.
“This enabled us to focus upon research within Indigenous mental health, depression, eating disorders and young people’s mental health,” Mr Mannion says.
“We are supporting research that focuses on early intervention and prevention, and enhancing the fact that South Australian research is at the leading edge of research into mental health.”
Acting Director of the Órama Institute Professor Mike Kyrios says the personal and professional cost of mental ill-health to individuals from all walks of life, and the social and economic costs to society, are significant.
“That’s why we are extremely excited to be working with Breakthrough to fund this incredibly diverse range of research projects,” Professor Kyrios says.
“These projects will enable us to work alongside people with lived experience to investigate the needs of specific populations, and co-design solutions that can be translated into practice within the community.”
Breakthrough Foundation Órama Institute 2020 grant winners
And Kasia Robinson was the recipient of the Lauren Corena PhD scholarship for her project titled ” Perfectionism and how it contributes to the development and maintenance of eating disorders”.