The Black Dog Institute was founded in 2002 and is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the identification, prevention and treatment of mental illness, and the promotion of wellbeing. Being a cause that’s close to our heart, we at The Good Place feel the up-most gratitude for all the amazing work The Black Dog Institute has done so we’ve extended an offer of partnership. Our big-hearted team has made a promise to contribute to their cause, assist in increasing awareness and support as a proud partner.
We are humbled to announce that $1 from every main meal at The Good Place goes towards The Black Dog Institute.
Based in Sydney, Australia, this not-for-profit facility is focused on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental disorders such as depression and bipolar. There are different types of depressive disorders. Symptoms can range from relatively minor (but still disabling) through to very severe, such disorders are extremely common in our society and in some cases go untreated and unrecognised due to lack of education and support.
3 million Australians are living with anxiety or depression and this number is on the rise as our living conditions become more and more costly, condensed and competitive.
The Black Dog Institute partners with the Australian Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention (CRESP) focusing on lowering suicide incidences in Australia. Suicide is our biggest fear when it comes to mental illness cases and the most common cause of death in Australians aged 15–44 years, surprisingly more common than deaths from motor vehicle accidents.
As suicide is the tenth most common cause of death overall for Australian males The Black Dog Institute launched “Men’s Health Study” in 2014, with the aim of identifying ways to prevent male suicides and developing mental health tools designed specifically for men. Based on this research, the Black Dog Institute launched an online program, Man Central, that helps men identify early signs of depression and provides tips on how to cope. This cause alone resonates deeply with us at The Good Place and we truly hope our contribution can make a difference in helping the lives of many.
*Ref: Wikipedia, blackdoginstitute.org.au, beyondblue.org.au