Black Dog Institute

Black Dog Institute is a medical research institute that investigates mental health across the lifespan, aiming to create a mentally healthier world for everyone.

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Who are we?

"Our LifeSpan framework is Australia’s first scientific research trial into a systems approach that unites communities around localised suicide prevention strategies."

Dr Fiona Shand, Head of Suicide Prevention Research at the Black Dog Institute


What are we doing?

How can we better prevent suicide?

Black Dog Institute - Lifespan

PRF enabled us to design a world-first suicide prevention framework. Called LifeSpan, it combines nine strategies into one community-led approach incorporating health, education, frontline services, business and the community. Thanks to PRF, we piloted LifeSpan in four NSW sites and scientifically assessed its impact. Our partnership was pivotal in gaining government support, allowing us to extend our program to 25 trial sites across different communities and in all Australian states.
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Other areas of focus

What are our other impact areas?

Mental health

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