Funding for youth mental health
1 June 2007
The Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) has just received a further $6 million from the State Government allowing them to complete funding for a new youth mental health research facility at the Institute.
In February this year the Premier Morris Iemma promised $10 million to fund the construction of the youth mental health facilty and this latest grant strengthens the government's commitment to youth mental health.
"Emotional and behavioural disorders currently account for over 60 per cent of disability costs in those aged 15-34 years," according to Professor Ian Hickie, "with 75 per cent of major mental illnesses starting before the age of 25."
Last month the BMRI received $6 million from the Federal government to support the building of new research laboratories concerned with tumour research.
This latest grant brings to $37 million the State and Federal government support for the BMRI within the last eighteen months.