Brain & Mind Research Institute
Creative arts program for young people experiencing mental illness
The Nelson Meers Foundation worked with The Brain & Mind Research Institute (BMRI) at the University of Sydney to expand its range of mental health recovery and social connectedness programs by supporting the development and implementation of a 3 year multi-media arts program for young people.
The Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) was established in 2006 to reduce the burden of disease due to brain and mind disorders, which now account for more than 40 percent of all illness, costing the Australian economy an estimated $30 billion each year. It is in a unique position as a leading clinical, research and treatment centre. A key feature of the program will be its clinical intervention framework. The program is incorporated into the clinical care of the young person and targets the key areas of brain development implicated in the transition to major mental illness in adolescence and young adulthood.
Why did we fund this project? Our project with the BMRI represented an opportunity for us to begin building clinical support for our advocacy around the importance of the arts to social health and cohesion.