We asked the ECR members of SMHR about how more funding for mental health research could help...Here’s some examples (think big picture!) of how donating to SMHR could help...

  • Further research will help identify more accurate methods of early detection of mental disorders in childhood, in order to facilitate timely prevention and treatment

  • By improving how we classify and diagnose disorders, research holds promise for improving the long-term outcomes of the many Australians who experience mental illness in their lifetime.

  • Further research funding would help patients to have genetically guided prescribing reduce the time they spend unwell - a time where they are vulnerable to the impacts of major depression.

  • Better understanding of how mental health issues develop, what predicts their onset, how they are maintained, and what might predict the course of illness allows early intervention programs to be developed.

  • Research will allow treatments to be targeted to those young people and by intervening early, there is a better chance of promoting recovery.

  • Develop ‘how to’ healthcare processes to provide practitioners with effective methods to enable midlife women with alcohol use disorders to experience wellness and a high quality of living in abstinent recovery.

  • To help GPs and other services screen older carers and implement individualized interventions.

  • Influence educational policy decisions regarding social-emotional support for schools and students following a natural disaster.

  • Cost-effectiveness analyses will help mental health planning, and restructuring of the mental health system in Australia in order to maximise the burden averted due to mental illness among all Australians.

  • More funding for youth mental health research programs would help identify biological markers for early, tailored treatment.

  • To develop programs to decrease the uptake of alcohol and cannabis use and reduce associated harm.

  • To train school welfare coordinators and counsellors in how to deliver the Mental Health First Aid training within school communities, then evaluate the effect.

  • Early identification and appropriate treatment of bipolar disorder to improve the considerable annual personal and economic burden, as well as heightened suicide risk.

  • Potentially discover a novel target for the development of interventions aimed at alleviating inflammation in the brain seen in some individuals with schizophrenia.

  • Assisting remote communities by the development, funding and implementation of youth programs for youth with substance misuse.

  • Develop and test stigma reduction programs to increase help seeking for individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviours.

  • Establish a randomised control trial of mindfulness interventions in schools, in order to assess whether it would be effective at improving the mental health of young Australians.

  • Create targeted online interventions for depression and alcohol misuse comorbidity.

  • Focus on the needs of mothers in the post-natal period, where cognitive functioning can be disrupted in the context of increased risk of depression.

  • Provide valuable insight into the risk factors, development, and maintenance of psychosis, and thus inform novel treatment approaches for people diagnosed with psychosis.