Research projects

Research at beyondblue

Research underpins all beyondblue's work, reflecting our commitment to evidence-based practice and continuous improvement. beyondblue is both a funder of research and a translator of research evidence into policy, practice and behaviour change through our programs and services.

beyondblue is a major funder of research into depression, anxiety and suicide in Australia. Since 2000, beyondblue has invested more than $65 million in depression, anxiety and suicide prevention research. Through this investment we have contributed to pioneering developments in the field of perinatal depression and youth, LGBTI, mens' and older people's mental health, as well as more broadly to the field of depression, anxiety and suicide research.

Our approach to research funding

beyondblue is a major funder of mental health research in Australia with a focus on depression, anxiety and suicide. We fund a broad range of research covering the spectrum from discovery to research translation using two broad approaches to research investment:

  • Strategic Research consists of research projects initiated by beyondblue staff that align to beyondblue’s core activities. This may include evidence reviews and social research that assists us to design more effective programs and services.
  • Priority Driven Research consists of research projects initiated by external researchers that focus on one of beyondblue’s research priorities, along with any other additional criteria set out for the relevant grant round. 

Funding opportunities will be advertised on this web page (see below) or through Research Australia alerts or other appropriate means.

Research priorities

Australian mental health researchers are among the best in the world and beyondblue is proud to support them. However, it is essential that the limited funds we have available to support research are used to achieve their maximum benefit. beyondblue has therefore developed a list of four research priority areas that will be used to guide our research investment over the coming years. These areas include:

Understanding depression, anxiety and suicidality

This priority area will focus on research that strengthens our understanding of depression, anxiety conditions and suicidality. It will prioritise research into the biological, psychological and sociocultural factors that influence the cause, trajectory and personal experience of these conditions, how these factors change across the lifespan, how they differ between different population subgroups (gender, sexuality, ethnicity, culture and socioeconomic status), and how these factors can be recognised and modified.

A holistic approach to prevention

This priority area will focus on research which generates new knowledge on depression, anxiety and suicide prevention across the range of settings appropriate for different stages of life, including families, early childhood settings, schools, tertiary education institutions, workplaces and the Internet and including economic analyses of these activities; and transferring this knowledge into practice, policy and behaviour change. It will prioritise research into building resilience and addressing the social determinants of health that contribute to these conditions.

Better treatments, supports and services

This priority area will focus on research into new treatments and services. It will prioritise research into: novel biological/psychological/social treatments; approaches involving self-management, peer-to-peer support or involving families or non-traditional workforce providers in service delivery; approaches that achieve integrated physical, mental and social health outcomes; and approaches that create new service platforms or strengthen existing ones.

Achieving equity

This priority area will focus on research that identifies and responds to the needs of individuals and communities at increased risk of depression, anxiety conditions and suicidality, or at higher risk of poor outcomes. It will prioritise research into: children who have experienced trauma; young people at risk of offending behaviour; carers – particularly those caring for someone with depression and anxiety; elderly Australians especially those in residential aged care; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, refugees and other potentially vulnerable cultural minority groups.


Current research funding opportunities (priority driven research)

There are currently no research funding opportunities available

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Strategic research

From time to time beyondblue will advertise opportunities for researchers interested in undertaking research projects on behalf of beyondblue. These projects will be linked to beyondblue’s core activities and may include: evidence reviews; gaps analysis; population surveys; and other formative research.

There are currently no Strategic Research funding opportunities available.

Co-invest with beyondblue

beyondblue is keen to work with other research funders to co-invest in research related to depression, anxiety and suicide. Over the years we have partnered with the NHMRC, Cancer Australia and The National Heart Foundation to pool our resources and fund projects of mutual interest.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of working together with beyondblue to jointly fund research into one of our four priority areas or other projects related to depression, anxiety and suicide please contact the Head of Research and Evaluation at beyondblue on research@beyondblue.org.au

 


Past research

Over the years we have contributed to pioneering developments in the field of perinatal depression, youth, LGBTI, mens' and older people's mental health, as well as more broadly to the field of depression, anxiety and suicide research. For more information on past research projects please search beyondblue-funded research by expanding the categories below. Each project in the library contains the aims of the project, method, key results, citations and weblinks.


  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 

    A follow-up study of Indigenous suicide attempts and care in the Northern Territory

    2016
    Suicide and suicidal behaviour are major public health concerns in the Northern Territory and across Australia. The study aimed to identify risks of subsequent suicidal behaviour among Northern Territory residents admitted to hospital with diagnoses of suicidal ideation and/or intentional self-harm and to describe the association between patterns of health service usage and these outcomes in order to identify opportunities for improved preventive follow-up care.

    Maambart Maam. My father.

    2015
    It is well documented that, in comparison to other Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience significantly higher rates of depression, social isolation, chronic health problems across all of the national health priority areas and social disadvantage. This project explored the mental health of Aboriginal male carers during the perinatal period, through an Aboriginal male lens.  

    Stop. Think. Respect. (Phase two) campaign evaluation

    2014
    The evaluation determined the reach of the Stop. Think. Respect. (Phase two) campaign with the target audience (25-44 year old non-Indigenous people), message clarity, whether the message resulted in a behavioural or attitudinal change, effectiveness in increasing awareness of the link between discrimination and its impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and cultural appropriateness.

    Evaluation of Indigenous Hip Hop projects

    2010
    Indigenous Hip Hop Projects (IHHP) is a team of hip hop and performing artists who work in Aboriginal communities around Australia. IHHP has worked with beyondblue to raise awareness among Indigenous communities, especially young people and young adults, about depression and anxiety, and to promote active, healthy lifestyles.

    Mibbinbah: Indigenous men’s sheds/spaces pilot project

    2009
    The aim of the Indigenous Men, Health and Indigenous Men’s Spaces program was to develop an understanding of what makes Indigenous men’s spaces safe and healthy places and how this might benefit families and communities.

    Substance Using Mothers and depression – A Multi professional Intervention (SUMMIT)

    2007
    The SUMMIT pilot study aimed to build on the existing service framework in Melbourne by developing a collaborative, integrated, women-centered intervention for reducing depression (including postnatal depression) among maternal drug users, using triangulated data gathered from interviews with service providers and consumers, case studies, the views of an expert panel and a review of the literature.

    Talk Out Loud/Save-a-Mate: Evaluation

    2007
    The Save-a-Mate program was developed by the Australian Red Cross in 1999 in response to growing concerns in the Australian community regarding the use and availability of alcohol and other drugs.

    Aboriginal Mental Health Worker Program – Phase 1

    2005
    In 2001, the Top End Division of General Practice (TEDGP) was funded under the Australian Government’s More Allied Health Services (MAHS) program to employ Aboriginal Mental Health Workers (AMHWs) to work alongside General Practitioners in five remote health centres. In 2002, beyondblue joined the Program to extend this to seven centres and to fund an external evaluation.
  2. Aged care 

    Social isolation in older adults

    2014
    A growing challenge facing Australia is how to ensure the physical and mental health, and wellbeing of Australians as they age. beyondblue commissioned this research project to scope evidence-based recommendations for the 3+ million Australians over 65 years of age.

    45 and Up Study

    2013
    This study is the largest collaborative research effort ever undertaken in the Australian health field. It is examining what contributes to the maintenance of health and wellbeing throughout later life. The study started in 2002 and will follow people over a number of decades.

    No need to straighten up: Discrimination, depression, anxiety and older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Australians

    2012

    This study was conducted in response to a growing body of research linking higher rates of depression, anxiety and related disorders among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians to their experiences of homophobic and transphobic discrimination.

    beyondblue sought the perspectives of older LGBTI people to inform community education programs to challenge homophobia and transphobia. 

  3. Alcohol and drug 

    ‘Bridging the Gap’: Enhancing help-seeking for depression, anxiety and substance misuse among young migrants from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds by empowering family members to be facilitators of help-seeking

    2014
    The primary aims of Bridging the Gap are to identify the barriers and facilitators to professional help-seeking for anxiety, depression and substance misuse for young migrants and to develop and pilot an innovative educational program that promotes help-seeking for anxiety, depression and substance misuse by educating and empowering family members to facilitate access to help for young people within their community.

    Substance Using Mothers and depression – A Multi professional Intervention (SUMMIT)

    2007
    The SUMMIT pilot study aimed to build on the existing service framework in Melbourne by developing a collaborative, integrated, women-centered intervention for reducing depression (including postnatal depression) among maternal drug users, using triangulated data gathered from interviews with service providers and consumers, case studies, the views of an expert panel and a review of the literature.
  4. Anxiety 

    Revision of the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Adults with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

    2013
    This grant provides additional support to the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health to update and revise the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health Guidelines for the Treatment of Adults with Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to ensure they remain current and are based on the best available and most recent evidence.

    Evaluation of Men’s Health Resources

    2012
    As beyondblue moves forward, the need exists to evaluate beyondblue’s suite of men’s health information resources. The evaluation will inform beyondblue on the future development and delivery of resources, as well as provide a measure of the program’s performance.

    Men’s Help Seeking Behaviour

    2012
    beyondblue is seeking to build on its knowledge about men’s behaviours and the influences which may cause them to seek or not seek out information and help about depression and anxiety.

    Update the National Depression Index and develop the National Anxiety Index

    2010
    The objectives of this project were to develop a National Depression Index and a National Anxiety Index to measure the depression and anxiety status of the Australian population, to compare data from recent surveys with that from previous surveys, and to compare relative risk of depression and anxiety between different population groups.
  5. Chronic physical illness 

    Mental health, resilience and sexual recovery among gay men with prostate cancer

    2014
    This study will be the first to-scale, in-depth account of gay men and prostate cancer anywhere in the world. It will provide a fine-grained account of their experiences, resilience and recovery of mental and sexual health to build an evidence base for future policy, program and resource development by medical and health services.

    SteppingUp... when arthritis or pain are getting you down: an implementation and utility trial of a web-based intervention for people with depression or anxiety and co-morbid musculoskeletal conditions

    2013
    Many internet based interventions have been tested in RCTs but have never been widely implemented. The research team aim to develop a program model that demonstrates implementability and utility within mainstream health services that offer self-management support to consumers with chronic disease.

    Understanding the psychosocial sequelae of surviving testicular cancer

    2013
    This research will establish whether depression in testicular cancer survivors is correlated with demographic characteristics and cancer-related factors. Improved understanding of the correlates of depression will lead to better design, focus and timing of interventions, thereby providing data for future studies.

    Farming Fit?: Depression and obesity in farm men and women

    2012
    Recent studies indicate that rural and regional Australians have a higher likelihood of suffering a mental disorder throughout their lifetime than people living in major cities (AIHW, 2010), although the reasons underlying this imbalance are yet to be well defined.

    Depression and CVD in a cohort of middle aged Australian women

    2009
    The relationship between cardiovascular disease (CVD) and depression is complex. Depression has been recognised as a common co-morbid condition with CVD and has been associated with poorer outcomes for patients with myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass surgery and atherosclerosis.

    Understanding Depression and Diabetes in a Multi-Cultural Context

    2007
    With improved life expectancy, and changes in diet and levels of physical activity, chronic diseases are increasing in prevalence; concurrently the incidence and prevalence of depression has also increased. These conditions are prevalent in Australia today, among older immigrants as well as Australian-born men and women.

    Depression and musculoskeletal pain in primary care: an examination of practitioner, patient and socio-economic influences on detection & management

    2006
    Between 50% to 80% of people with depression initially come to their general practitioner (GP) with a physical symptom. These people are less likely to have their psychological condition detected and receive an accurate diagnosis of depression than those who report symptoms of depression. This is often seen in people with musculoskeletal pain.

    Post Stroke Depression: Comprehensive GP shared care following stroke

    2006
    The occurrence of post-stroke depression (PSD) is receiving increasing research attention. The shared care process, in which the specialist and general practitioner take concurrent responsibility for the care of the patient, is an approach that has been successfully applied to a variety of chronic medical conditions.
  6. Depression 

    Men’s experiences with suicidal behaviour and depression

    2014

    Suicide has a devastating impact on individuals, families and communities and the evidence suggests that most suicides are largely preventable. The aim of the project is to understand the experience of depression and suicide in men and what contributes to taking action, or not taking action, during a suicidal crisis. 

    Social isolation in older adults

    2014
    A growing challenge facing Australia is how to ensure the physical and mental health, and wellbeing of Australians as they age. beyondblue commissioned this research project to scope evidence-based recommendations for the 3+ million Australians over 65 years of age.

    Evaluation of Men’s Health Resources

    2012
    As beyondblue moves forward, the need exists to evaluate beyondblue’s suite of men’s health information resources. The evaluation will inform beyondblue on the future development and delivery of resources, as well as provide a measure of the program’s performance.

    Experiences of depression and recovery in Australia

    2012

    This website shares personal experiences of depression and recovery, providing a valuable resource to support people living with depression, their families, friends, health professionals involved in their care and policy makers. 

    Men’s Help Seeking Behaviour

    2012
    beyondblue is seeking to build on its knowledge about men’s behaviours and the influences which may cause them to seek or not seek out information and help about depression and anxiety.
  7. E-health 

    Music as a Canary

    2016

    A mobile application and research determining whether automatic monitoring of young people’s music use, physical activity and social networking (via the mobile application) can predict change in depression risk.

    Improving online therapy for mood disorders among lesbians and gay men

    2015
    This project aims to improve online therapy tools available to assist with mood disorders. The researchers will build on existing evidence around effective therapeutic approaches in gay and lesbian people, as well as producing the practical outcome of improving therapeutic approaches.

    Web-based cognitive behavioural therapy for women with postnatal depression

    2014

    Through a successful international collaboration, the researchers have developed an interactive, web-based treatment targeted to women with postnatal depression (PND). The results from this study show that the fully developed online program, MumMoodBooster, is an effective treatment option for women with clinically diagnosed with PND.

    SteppingUp... when arthritis or pain are getting you down: an implementation and utility trial of a web-based intervention for people with depression or anxiety and co-morbid musculoskeletal conditions

    2013
    Many internet based interventions have been tested in RCTs but have never been widely implemented. The research team aim to develop a program model that demonstrates implementability and utility within mainstream health services that offer self-management support to consumers with chronic disease.

    Development of an online interactive depression risk assessment and tailored preventive intervention for healthy young people at high genetic risk of depression or bipolar

    2013
    This study aims to develop the first online depression risk assessment and tailored psycho-education and CBT-based preventive intervention (The online Depression Intervention) tailored to individual risk factors of young people aged 18 to 24 with a high genetic risk for an affective disorder (major depressive disorder and/or bipolar disorder).

    Chinese MoodGYM Project

    2012
    The Chinese MoodGYM Project is a three-way collaboration between the Australian National University, the Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Center and Massachusetts General Hospital to produce a Simplified Chinese version of MoodGYM.

    MoodSwings: An online intervention for bipolar affective disorder

    2007
    MoodSwings is an online intervention for bipolar disorder (www.moodswings.net.au) based on the Moodswings and Bipolar Therapy Group Project (MAPS). A series of sequential modules covers a range of psychological strategies for managing bipolar disorder in conjunction with medication.

    Rural carers online: A feasibility study

    2006
    This project was a small-scale study examining the feasibility of undertaking a larger randomised controlled trial of a computer intervention, which aimed to reduce social isolation and depression amongst older carers.
  8. Grief/loss 

  9. Health professionals 

    Improving mental health for older LGBTI Australians

    2015

    Higher rates of depression and/or anxiety have been observed in older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, compared to the broader community. A key project outcome is the development of an awareness-raising education resource for providers of mental health services and aged care services.

    Revision of the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Adults with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

    2013
    This grant provides additional support to the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health to update and revise the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health Guidelines for the Treatment of Adults with Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to ensure they remain current and are based on the best available and most recent evidence.

    The Mental Health of Doctors: A Systematic Literature Review

    2010
    The mental and physical health of medical students and health professionals is an area of concern to the medical profession and general community. This project undertook a systematic review of the literature on mental health-related issues in and affecting medical practitioners.

    Healing the Healers: A peer based mentoring intervention

    2009
    Nurses who experience mental illness may be marginalised and stigmatised by other nurses. This project investigated whether a nurse-specific mental health workshop could address workplace problems experienced by nurses with mental illness.

    Depression and musculoskeletal pain in primary care: an examination of practitioner, patient and socio-economic influences on detection & management

    2006
    Between 50% to 80% of people with depression initially come to their general practitioner (GP) with a physical symptom. These people are less likely to have their psychological condition detected and receive an accurate diagnosis of depression than those who report symptoms of depression. This is often seen in people with musculoskeletal pain.

    Post Stroke Depression: Comprehensive GP shared care following stroke

    2006
    The occurrence of post-stroke depression (PSD) is receiving increasing research attention. The shared care process, in which the specialist and general practitioner take concurrent responsibility for the care of the patient, is an approach that has been successfully applied to a variety of chronic medical conditions.

    Reducing Suicide in Men through general practice – The SIM Study

    2006
    Managing suicidal ideation in men is a crucial health issue in Australia, and additional training for GPs is one potential avenue for reducing suicide rates. The Suicide in Men (SIM) study involved designing, utilising and evaluating a training package for GPs titled, Reducing Suicide in Men through General Practice, which would assist them in detecting and managing suicidal ideation in men.

    The Mental Health Aptitudes into Practice Project (The MAP Project)

    2006
    The Mental health Aptitudes into Practice (MAP) project has been one of the largest mental health training projects undertaken in Australia. It was designed to deliver training to personnel in the non-medical primary care health and welfare sector in all areas of Victoria through Primary Care Partnerships (PCPs).

    Aboriginal Mental Health Worker Program – Phase 1

    2005
    In 2001, the Top End Division of General Practice (TEDGP) was funded under the Australian Government’s More Allied Health Services (MAHS) program to employ Aboriginal Mental Health Workers (AMHWs) to work alongside General Practitioners in five remote health centres. In 2002, beyondblue joined the Program to extend this to seven centres and to fund an external evaluation.

    Early detection and treatment of depression in mildly intellectually disabled adults

    2004
    The existence of depression and other mood disorders among people with intellectual disability (ID) is well accepted and there are indications that their risk for developing depression may be greater than the general population. Despite this recognition, considerable gaps exist in our knowledge regarding early detection and treatment of depression in people with ID.

    General-practice Users Perceived-need Inventory (GUPI) Project

    2004
    The Perceived Need for Care Questionnaire (PNCQ) is a fully structured questionnaire measure of perceived need for mental health care. It was first administered as part of the Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing survey targeting high prevalence disorders such as depression and anxiety.
  10. Home (Families) 

    Maambart Maam. My father.

    2015
    It is well documented that, in comparison to other Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience significantly higher rates of depression, social isolation, chronic health problems across all of the national health priority areas and social disadvantage. This project explored the mental health of Aboriginal male carers during the perinatal period, through an Aboriginal male lens.  

    ‘Bridging the Gap’: Enhancing help-seeking for depression, anxiety and substance misuse among young migrants from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds by empowering family members to be facilitators of help-seeking

    2014
    The primary aims of Bridging the Gap are to identify the barriers and facilitators to professional help-seeking for anxiety, depression and substance misuse for young migrants and to develop and pilot an innovative educational program that promotes help-seeking for anxiety, depression and substance misuse by educating and empowering family members to facilitate access to help for young people within their community.

    Men’s social connectedness

    2014

    Social isolation and loneliness are now widely accepted as risk factors for depression and anxiety. Conversely, social connectedness and good interpersonal relationships are considered protective factors that have a positive impact on mental (and general) health and well-being. This project found that poor social connectedness is a significant issue for many men in their middle years. 

    Social isolation in older adults

    2014
    A growing challenge facing Australia is how to ensure the physical and mental health, and wellbeing of Australians as they age. beyondblue commissioned this research project to scope evidence-based recommendations for the 3+ million Australians over 65 years of age.

    Experiences of depression and recovery in Australia

    2012

    This website shares personal experiences of depression and recovery, providing a valuable resource to support people living with depression, their families, friends, health professionals involved in their care and policy makers. 

    Parenting to prevent adolescent depression and anxiety

    2012
    The aim of this research project is to develop guidelines for parents and carers on how to prevent depression and anxiety disorders in their adolescent and young adult children that can be widely promoted in the community and to some targeted groups.

    Partners in Depression

    2012
    Family and friends are the major providers of day-to-day emotional and practical support for those in the community experiencing depression.

    Every Family (Parenting) Evaluation

    2007
    A substantial body of evidence shows that the quality of parenting children receive has a major effect on their development. Family risk factors such as poor parenting, family conflict and marriage breakdown strongly influence children’s risk of developing mental health problems.

    Rural carers online: A feasibility study

    2006
    This project was a small-scale study examining the feasibility of undertaking a larger randomised controlled trial of a computer intervention, which aimed to reduce social isolation and depression amongst older carers.

    Living with depression—carers’ experiences

    2002
    The research explored the experiences of carers of people with depression and revealed how living with a person with depression can impact on many areas of life and affect psychological, emotional and physical wellbeing.

    The impact of living with bipolar disorder

    2002
    The research sought to explore the lived experience of bipolar disorder and gain a level of understanding of the impact of bipolar disorder on individuals, family and the community.
  11. Injury 

  12. Lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people 

    Improving mental health for older LGBTI Australians

    2015

    Higher rates of depression and/or anxiety have been observed in older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, compared to the broader community. A key project outcome is the development of an awareness-raising education resource for providers of mental health services and aged care services.

    Improving online therapy for mood disorders among lesbians and gay men

    2015
    This project aims to improve online therapy tools available to assist with mood disorders. The researchers will build on existing evidence around effective therapeutic approaches in gay and lesbian people, as well as producing the practical outcome of improving therapeutic approaches.

    Mental health, resilience and sexual recovery among gay men with prostate cancer

    2014
    This study will be the first to-scale, in-depth account of gay men and prostate cancer anywhere in the world. It will provide a fine-grained account of their experiences, resilience and recovery of mental and sexual health to build an evidence base for future policy, program and resource development by medical and health services.

    Stop.Think.Respect campaign

    2013

    A national campaign that used a combination of advertising and real-life stories to prompt the Australian community (particularly teenage boys) to question their own attitudes and behaviour and raise awareness of the impact of discrimination towards the LGBTI community.

    No need to straighten up: Discrimination, depression, anxiety and older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Australians

    2012

    This study was conducted in response to a growing body of research linking higher rates of depression, anxiety and related disorders among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians to their experiences of homophobic and transphobic discrimination.

    beyondblue sought the perspectives of older LGBTI people to inform community education programs to challenge homophobia and transphobia. 

  13. Men 

    Evaluation of New Roots: Integrated support for refugee men project

    2016
    An evaluation of the New Roots project, implemented by Settlement Services International, which aimed to improve the health and wellbeing of males recently settled in Australia through a humanitarian visa from the Arabic, Farsi-Dari and Tamil speaking communities.

    SMS4dads

    2016

    This study was conducted to develop and test an SMS-based messaging system for new fathers to deliver links to tailored information and resources, track their mood and respond to signs of significant distress, connect them to services when required, and connect them to other dads facing similar challenges.

    Chronic sleep loss, depression and anxiety in adolescent males

    2015
    Adolescence is a complex developmental period, with a high prevalence of mental health problems, particularly depression. During adolescence, there is also a high incidence of poor sleep, including reduced sleep quality and quantity and high levels of daytime sleepiness.

    Healthy Dads? The challenge of being a new father

    2015

    A heightened vulnerability to psychological distress during the perinatal period is well recognised for expectant and new mothers. Increasingly, however, this period is also understood as a time of significant risk for mental health problems for fathers. 

    Maambart Maam. My father.

    2015
    It is well documented that, in comparison to other Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience significantly higher rates of depression, social isolation, chronic health problems across all of the national health priority areas and social disadvantage. This project explored the mental health of Aboriginal male carers during the perinatal period, through an Aboriginal male lens.  

    Beyond Barriers Strategy Evaluation

    2014

    Man Therapy, the largest component of the Beyond Barriers Strategy, has been found, through this evaluation of the Beyond Barriers Strategy, to have: exceeded the expected campaign reach; been cost effective; and positively changed the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of Australian men aged 30–54 with respect to depression and anxiety.

    Men’s experiences with suicidal behaviour and depression

    2014

    Suicide has a devastating impact on individuals, families and communities and the evidence suggests that most suicides are largely preventable. The aim of the project is to understand the experience of depression and suicide in men and what contributes to taking action, or not taking action, during a suicidal crisis. 

    Men’s social connectedness

    2014

    Social isolation and loneliness are now widely accepted as risk factors for depression and anxiety. Conversely, social connectedness and good interpersonal relationships are considered protective factors that have a positive impact on mental (and general) health and well-being. This project found that poor social connectedness is a significant issue for many men in their middle years. 

    Mental health, resilience and sexual recovery among gay men with prostate cancer

    2014
    This study will be the first to-scale, in-depth account of gay men and prostate cancer anywhere in the world. It will provide a fine-grained account of their experiences, resilience and recovery of mental and sexual health to build an evidence base for future policy, program and resource development by medical and health services.

    Men’s Sheds in Australia

    2013
    Men’s Sheds across Australia vary in their focus, resources, programmes and membership base. However, while Men’s Sheds vary, they are all thought to offer social, emotional and other benefits to men who participate in them.

    Understanding the psychosocial sequelae of surviving testicular cancer

    2013
    This research will establish whether depression in testicular cancer survivors is correlated with demographic characteristics and cancer-related factors. Improved understanding of the correlates of depression will lead to better design, focus and timing of interventions, thereby providing data for future studies.

    xTEND: eXtending Treatments, Education and Networks for Depression

    2013
    This project aims to examine the association between social factors and relationship breakdown with depression and suicidal intention in rural communities. It will analyse existing datasets and use learnings and experiences gained from other local studies to design the pilot intervention.

    Evaluation of Men’s Health Resources

    2012
    As beyondblue moves forward, the need exists to evaluate beyondblue’s suite of men’s health information resources. The evaluation will inform beyondblue on the future development and delivery of resources, as well as provide a measure of the program’s performance.

    Evaluation of The Shed Online

    2012
    The Shed Online is a public health initiative developed by beyondblue with the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) and funded by the Movember Foundation.

    Men’s Help Seeking Behaviour

    2012
    beyondblue is seeking to build on its knowledge about men’s behaviours and the influences which may cause them to seek or not seek out information and help about depression and anxiety.

    Mibbinbah: Indigenous men’s sheds/spaces pilot project

    2009
    The aim of the Indigenous Men, Health and Indigenous Men’s Spaces program was to develop an understanding of what makes Indigenous men’s spaces safe and healthy places and how this might benefit families and communities.

    Reducing Suicide in Men through general practice – The SIM Study

    2006
    Managing suicidal ideation in men is a crucial health issue in Australia, and additional training for GPs is one potential avenue for reducing suicide rates. The Suicide in Men (SIM) study involved designing, utilising and evaluating a training package for GPs titled, Reducing Suicide in Men through General Practice, which would assist them in detecting and managing suicidal ideation in men.

    Depression in farmers and farming families

    2004
    It is well recognised that farming is a physically and psychologically-demanding occupation (Deary et al., 1997). In Australia, farming is now characterised by high rates of stress (Gray & Lawrence, 1996), injury and suicide (Page & Fragar, 2002). Understanding and developing interventions to promote mental health in farming communities is a matter of urgency.
  14. Multicultural people 

    Evaluation of New Roots: Integrated support for refugee men project

    2016
    An evaluation of the New Roots project, implemented by Settlement Services International, which aimed to improve the health and wellbeing of males recently settled in Australia through a humanitarian visa from the Arabic, Farsi-Dari and Tamil speaking communities.

    ‘Bridging the Gap’: Enhancing help-seeking for depression, anxiety and substance misuse among young migrants from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds by empowering family members to be facilitators of help-seeking

    2014
    The primary aims of Bridging the Gap are to identify the barriers and facilitators to professional help-seeking for anxiety, depression and substance misuse for young migrants and to develop and pilot an innovative educational program that promotes help-seeking for anxiety, depression and substance misuse by educating and empowering family members to facilitate access to help for young people within their community.

    The Emotional Wellbeing Program: The development, evaluation and delivery of two internet-based education programs for anxiety and depression for older adults

    2014
    The proportion of older adults in Western countries is growing rapidly and common mental disorders in people over 60 include depression and anxiety. Although disability from these conditions is high, rates of treatment seeking are low due to stigma, physical mobility limitations, costs of treatment and the shortage of trained therapists.

    Chinese MoodGYM Project

    2012
    The Chinese MoodGYM Project is a three-way collaboration between the Australian National University, the Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Center and Massachusetts General Hospital to produce a Simplified Chinese version of MoodGYM.

    Pilot study on postnatal depression in refugee communities

    2012
    It is widely acknowledged that people from refugee backgrounds experience significant distress related to pre-migration life events and experiences of resettlement. Depression and anxiety are often cited as being experienced in higher rates by these people compared with the majority population (DHS, 2008).

    Treating trauma in refugee youth: An Australian experience

    2012
    Aim and objectives: To conduct a pilot study of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) for adolescents with refugee backgrounds with PTSD or trauma symptoms and to examine the cultural relevance of a CBT approach in refugee youth.

    The MOSAIC Program (MOthers' Advocates in the Community)

    2009
    Depression is closely linked to the incidence of partner violence. The period during pregnancy is a particularly high-risk time. There is evidence of the benefits of social support, home visiting and mentoring for the mental health of mothers, especially in disadvantaged communities.

    Understanding Depression and Diabetes in a Multi-Cultural Context

    2007
    With improved life expectancy, and changes in diet and levels of physical activity, chronic diseases are increasing in prevalence; concurrently the incidence and prevalence of depression has also increased. These conditions are prevalent in Australia today, among older immigrants as well as Australian-born men and women.
  15. Older people 

    Improving mental health for older LGBTI Australians

    2015

    Higher rates of depression and/or anxiety have been observed in older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, compared to the broader community. A key project outcome is the development of an awareness-raising education resource for providers of mental health services and aged care services.

    Social isolation in older adults

    2014
    A growing challenge facing Australia is how to ensure the physical and mental health, and wellbeing of Australians as they age. beyondblue commissioned this research project to scope evidence-based recommendations for the 3+ million Australians over 65 years of age.

    The Emotional Wellbeing Program: The development, evaluation and delivery of two internet-based education programs for anxiety and depression for older adults

    2014
    The proportion of older adults in Western countries is growing rapidly and common mental disorders in people over 60 include depression and anxiety. Although disability from these conditions is high, rates of treatment seeking are low due to stigma, physical mobility limitations, costs of treatment and the shortage of trained therapists.

    SteppingUp... when arthritis or pain are getting you down: an implementation and utility trial of a web-based intervention for people with depression or anxiety and co-morbid musculoskeletal conditions

    2013
    Many internet based interventions have been tested in RCTs but have never been widely implemented. The research team aim to develop a program model that demonstrates implementability and utility within mainstream health services that offer self-management support to consumers with chronic disease.

    45 and Up Study

    2013
    This study is the largest collaborative research effort ever undertaken in the Australian health field. It is examining what contributes to the maintenance of health and wellbeing throughout later life. The study started in 2002 and will follow people over a number of decades.

    Men’s Sheds in Australia

    2013
    Men’s Sheds across Australia vary in their focus, resources, programmes and membership base. However, while Men’s Sheds vary, they are all thought to offer social, emotional and other benefits to men who participate in them.

    Evaluation of The Shed Online

    2012
    The Shed Online is a public health initiative developed by beyondblue with the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) and funded by the Movember Foundation.

    No need to straighten up: Discrimination, depression, anxiety and older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex Australians

    2012

    This study was conducted in response to a growing body of research linking higher rates of depression, anxiety and related disorders among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians to their experiences of homophobic and transphobic discrimination.

    beyondblue sought the perspectives of older LGBTI people to inform community education programs to challenge homophobia and transphobia. 

    Beyond Ageing

    2011
    Beyond ageing: A randomised controlled trial of folic acid and vitamin B12, physical activity, mental health literacy for the indicated prevention of depression

    Depression in older age: A scoping study

    2009
    For older people, depression is often associated with conditions such as physical disability and anxiety, that exacerbate the distress they and their carers experience.

    maturityBlueprint – A training program for the professional staff of Baptcare

    2006
    On average, one in five people will experience depression in their lifetime; one in four women and one in six men. There are significant risk factors and signs of depression among older people living in their own homes, with 50 per cent of people showing signs of depression prior to admission to an aged care facility.

    Rural carers online: A feasibility study

    2006
    This project was a small-scale study examining the feasibility of undertaking a larger randomised controlled trial of a computer intervention, which aimed to reduce social isolation and depression amongst older carers.
  16. Perinatal depression and anxiety 

    SMS4dads

    2016

    This study was conducted to develop and test an SMS-based messaging system for new fathers to deliver links to tailored information and resources, track their mood and respond to signs of significant distress, connect them to services when required, and connect them to other dads facing similar challenges.

    Evaluation of Perinatal Resources

    2015

    As beyondblue moves forward, the need exists to evaluate beyondblue’s suite of perinatal mental health information resources. The evaluation will inform beyondblue on the future development and delivery of resources, as well as provide a measure of the program’s performance.

    Healthy Dads? The challenge of being a new father

    2015

    A heightened vulnerability to psychological distress during the perinatal period is well recognised for expectant and new mothers. Increasingly, however, this period is also understood as a time of significant risk for mental health problems for fathers. 

    Pilot study on postnatal depression in refugee communities

    2012
    It is widely acknowledged that people from refugee backgrounds experience significant distress related to pre-migration life events and experiences of resettlement. Depression and anxiety are often cited as being experienced in higher rates by these people compared with the majority population (DHS, 2008).
  17. Pregnancy and early parenthood 

    Baby Steps: Promoting perinatal mental health and wellbeing. Development and evaluation of screening and intervention programs for both parents, using the internet and text messages (SMS)

    2016
    Perinatal depression rates in mothers are high (15-20 per cent) and the negative repercussions of this disorder are substantial. Impacts on fathers are less recognised, despite comparable depression rates. New parents cite many barriers to accessing conventional mental health programs, including time, accessibility and cost. Self-guided digital interventions may remove these barriers. This project aimed to develop and test the Baby Steps web program to support the wellbeing of new fathers and mothers. 

    SMS4dads

    2016

    This study was conducted to develop and test an SMS-based messaging system for new fathers to deliver links to tailored information and resources, track their mood and respond to signs of significant distress, connect them to services when required, and connect them to other dads facing similar challenges.

    Early intervention to protect the mother-infant relationship following postnatal depression – A randomised controlled trial

    2015
    The project will evaluate a targeted intervention that has the potential to improve developmental outcomes of children of depressed mothers through improving the quality of mother-infant interactions, parenting stress and maternal feelings of attachment to the infant. It is also likely that this intervention will result in further improvements in maternal mood and self-efficacy.

    Healthy Dads? The challenge of being a new father

    2015

    A heightened vulnerability to psychological distress during the perinatal period is well recognised for expectant and new mothers. Increasingly, however, this period is also understood as a time of significant risk for mental health problems for fathers. 

    Maambart Maam. My father.

    2015
    It is well documented that, in comparison to other Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience significantly higher rates of depression, social isolation, chronic health problems across all of the national health priority areas and social disadvantage. This project explored the mental health of Aboriginal male carers during the perinatal period, through an Aboriginal male lens.  

    Web-based cognitive behavioural therapy for women with postnatal depression

    2014

    Through a successful international collaboration, the researchers have developed an interactive, web-based treatment targeted to women with postnatal depression (PND). The results from this study show that the fully developed online program, MumMoodBooster, is an effective treatment option for women with clinically diagnosed with PND.

    The MOSAIC Program (MOthers' Advocates in the Community)

    2009
    Depression is closely linked to the incidence of partner violence. The period during pregnancy is a particularly high-risk time. There is evidence of the benefits of social support, home visiting and mentoring for the mental health of mothers, especially in disadvantaged communities.

    Substance Using Mothers and depression – A Multi professional Intervention (SUMMIT)

    2007
    The SUMMIT pilot study aimed to build on the existing service framework in Melbourne by developing a collaborative, integrated, women-centered intervention for reducing depression (including postnatal depression) among maternal drug users, using triangulated data gathered from interviews with service providers and consumers, case studies, the views of an expert panel and a review of the literature.

    beyondblue Postnatal Depression Research Program

    2005
    This program focused on initiating much needed improvements in healthcare for women delivering babies in Australia. The aim was to address and improve outcomes for women and their families who were experiencing antenatal or postnatal depression and anxiety and introduce a prevention and early intervention approach.
  18. Prevention 

    Men’s social connectedness

    2014

    Social isolation and loneliness are now widely accepted as risk factors for depression and anxiety. Conversely, social connectedness and good interpersonal relationships are considered protective factors that have a positive impact on mental (and general) health and well-being. This project found that poor social connectedness is a significant issue for many men in their middle years. 

  19. Recovery 

  20. Related disorders 

    Development of an online interactive depression risk assessment and tailored preventive intervention for healthy young people at high genetic risk of depression or bipolar

    2013
    This study aims to develop the first online depression risk assessment and tailored psycho-education and CBT-based preventive intervention (The online Depression Intervention) tailored to individual risk factors of young people aged 18 to 24 with a high genetic risk for an affective disorder (major depressive disorder and/or bipolar disorder).

    Revision of the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Adults with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

    2013
    This grant provides additional support to the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health to update and revise the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health Guidelines for the Treatment of Adults with Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to ensure they remain current and are based on the best available and most recent evidence.

    Looking beyond dual diagnosis: young people speak out

    2009
    This research project invited 23 people with substance use and mental health issues to speak about their experiences of youth alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and mental health services, and to share their ideas about how to make these services more effective.

    MoodSwings: An online intervention for bipolar affective disorder

    2007
    MoodSwings is an online intervention for bipolar disorder (www.moodswings.net.au) based on the Moodswings and Bipolar Therapy Group Project (MAPS). A series of sequential modules covers a range of psychological strategies for managing bipolar disorder in conjunction with medication.

    A self-management treatment package for people with bipolar-affective disorder

    2006
    Bipolar disorder is a chronic, recurring condition which is characterised by periods of elevated, high or irritable mood (mania or hypomania) and depressed mood. Whilst medication is helpful in managing symptoms of bipolar disorder, many people continue to experience on-going symptoms which impact on their ability to function in daily life.

    The impact of living with bipolar disorder

    2002
    The research sought to explore the lived experience of bipolar disorder and gain a level of understanding of the impact of bipolar disorder on individuals, family and the community.
  21. Rural 

    xTEND: eXtending Treatments, Education and Networks for Depression

    2013
    This project aims to examine the association between social factors and relationship breakdown with depression and suicidal intention in rural communities. It will analyse existing datasets and use learnings and experiences gained from other local studies to design the pilot intervention.

    Evaluation of The Shed Online

    2012
    The Shed Online is a public health initiative developed by beyondblue with the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) and funded by the Movember Foundation.

    Farming Fit?: Depression and obesity in farm men and women

    2012
    Recent studies indicate that rural and regional Australians have a higher likelihood of suffering a mental disorder throughout their lifetime than people living in major cities (AIHW, 2010), although the reasons underlying this imbalance are yet to be well defined.

    Building children's resilience in fire affected communities

    2011
    This research project was implemented in response to the disastrous Victorian bushfires of 2009. There was a need to develop ways to rapidly disseminate resiliency principles to those who had been affected by the disaster as well as training for professionals in the management of clinical responses to trauma.

    Rural carers online: A feasibility study

    2006
    This project was a small-scale study examining the feasibility of undertaking a larger randomised controlled trial of a computer intervention, which aimed to reduce social isolation and depression amongst older carers.

    Depression in farmers and farming families

    2004
    It is well recognised that farming is a physically and psychologically-demanding occupation (Deary et al., 1997). In Australia, farming is now characterised by high rates of stress (Gray & Lawrence, 1996), injury and suicide (Page & Fragar, 2002). Understanding and developing interventions to promote mental health in farming communities is a matter of urgency.
  22. Schools 

    KidsMatter Primary Evaluation

    2009
    This project is an evaluation of the national pilot of KidsMatter: the Australian Primary Schools Mental Health Initiative.

    beyondblue Secondary Schools Research Initiative (bbSSRI)

    2007
    The Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing reported the prevalence of depression among young people to be 3.7%. Of concern was that only a small proportion of those young people with depression had received professional help for their problems (Sawyer et al., 2000).

    Young people's responses to emotional distress

    2005
    To better understand what young people do when they are distressed and the extent to which these behaviours ameliorate or exacerbate their distress, effective, innovative, and in particular, youth-friendly methods of capturing young people’s experiences need to be developed.
  23. Suicide prevention 

    Men’s experiences with suicidal behaviour and depression

    2014

    Suicide has a devastating impact on individuals, families and communities and the evidence suggests that most suicides are largely preventable. The aim of the project is to understand the experience of depression and suicide in men and what contributes to taking action, or not taking action, during a suicidal crisis. 

    Social isolation in older adults

    2014
    A growing challenge facing Australia is how to ensure the physical and mental health, and wellbeing of Australians as they age. beyondblue commissioned this research project to scope evidence-based recommendations for the 3+ million Australians over 65 years of age.

    Men’s Help Seeking Behaviour

    2012
    beyondblue is seeking to build on its knowledge about men’s behaviours and the influences which may cause them to seek or not seek out information and help about depression and anxiety.

    Reducing Suicide in Men through general practice – The SIM Study

    2006
    Managing suicidal ideation in men is a crucial health issue in Australia, and additional training for GPs is one potential avenue for reducing suicide rates. The Suicide in Men (SIM) study involved designing, utilising and evaluating a training package for GPs titled, Reducing Suicide in Men through General Practice, which would assist them in detecting and managing suicidal ideation in men.
  24. Treatment 

    A randomised controlled trial of magnetic seizure therapy in major depressive disorder

    2014
    Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) remains the only established therapy for the large percentage of patients with depression who fail to respond to standard treatments. The researchers compared the effects of a new type of depression treatment, Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST), to ECT in a group of participants diagnosed with treatment resistant depression.

    Revision of the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Adults with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

    2013
    This grant provides additional support to the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health to update and revise the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health Guidelines for the Treatment of Adults with Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to ensure they remain current and are based on the best available and most recent evidence.

    Beyond Ageing

    2011
    Beyond ageing: A randomised controlled trial of folic acid and vitamin B12, physical activity, mental health literacy for the indicated prevention of depression

    A self-management treatment package for people with bipolar-affective disorder

    2006
    Bipolar disorder is a chronic, recurring condition which is characterised by periods of elevated, high or irritable mood (mania or hypomania) and depressed mood. Whilst medication is helpful in managing symptoms of bipolar disorder, many people continue to experience on-going symptoms which impact on their ability to function in daily life.