Mental Health

Mental Health

It is estimated that twenty percent of Queenslanders – one in five - will experience a mental illness or substance use disorder in any given year. Almost half of us will be affected at some point in our life, and all of us will likely know someone living with the impact.

It is a research area of major importance to RBWH and RBWH Foundation. One of Australia’s leading Child and Youth Psychiatrists, Professor James Scott, received his first research grant from RBWH Foundation - work that has led to international changes in treatment for schizophrenia.

“We will solve the mystery of schizophrenia, one percent at a time, and this research was supported originally by an RBWH Foundation grant,” said Prof. Scott.

The power of a research grant, explains Professor Scott, is it provides a clinician researcher with valuable time needed to solve questions they come across almost every day.

“Grants bridge the gap between asking an important clinical question and doing the work to answer it."

“They enable researchers to employ an extra staff member to collect data, to get the ethics in, to keep everything in order so that you’re complying with research integrity—all those things which if you are a busy clinician, you just don’t have time to do.”

Mental Health affects our families, our partners, our friends and our workmates. Funding research is critical to all our relationships.

Why research is so vital:

  • Mental illnesses are the third leading cause of disability burden in Australia, accounting for an estimated 27% of the total years lost due to disability
  • About 4% of people will experience a major depressive episode in a 12-month period, with 5% of women and 3% of men affected
  • Anxiety affects over 2 million Australians each year, with approximately 14% of the population experiencing anxiety
  • About 4% of the population is affected by an eating disorder at any one time
  • Limited research suggests Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples may experience higher levels of psychological distress
  • Many violent people have no history of mental disorder and most people with mental illness (90%) have no history of violence.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 

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