Black Dog Institute

Black Dog Institute

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About the Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute was founded in 2002 and aims to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through the rapid translation of high-quality research into improved clinical treatments, increased accessibility to mental health services and delivery of long-term public health solutions.

Black Dog’s unique approach incorporates clinical services with cutting-edge research, health professional training and community education programs. They combine expertise in clinical management with innovative research to develop new, and more effective strategies for people living with mental illness. Black Dog also places emphasis on teaching people to recognise the symptoms of poor mental health in themselves and others, as well as providing them with the right psychological tools to hold the black dog at bay.

The Black Dog Institute works directly in all parts of the community as well as guiding the development of new and improved policy.

Who is the Black Dog Institute for?

The Black Dog Institute place focus on those with specific mental health needs like young people, First Nations people, and high-risk workforces such as health professionals and emergency workers.

The Black Dog Institute’s primary areas of mental health research and treatment includes depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, suicide prevention, e-mental health, and positive psychology and wellbeing.

The Black Dog Institute also provides mental health training to General Practitioners and other health care workers, featuring webinars, podcasts, and a Community of Practice, where health professionals can share digital mental health resources.

Is there a cost to use the Black Dog Institute?

No – the Black Dog Institute is a free website.

How to access the Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute can be accessed at

Black Dog Institute Research and Evaluation

Visit this page to learn about the various research projects underway at the Black Dog Institute: