Digital Dog is a research group within the Black Dog Institute working to use technology to solve mental health problems.  It has 5 main areas:

  • Interventions to lower depression, lower suicide risk and promote wellbeing.  The group builds and tests web and mobile phone applications for mental health.   Read more >
  • Social media as an indicator of mental health risk.  Researchers are interested in establishing the validity of social media as an indicator of health risk.  Read more >
    – Twitter
    – Blogs
  • Mobile phones as pervasive devices to measure mental health. The aim here is to use the interconnectivity and sensors on a mobile phone to measure mental health, and online and offline connectivity to other mobile phones and people.  Read more >
  • Harnessing technology to prevent mental health problems in schools. The school is an ideal environment to deliver prevention programs at appropriate transitions. This program aims to deliver prevention programs through games, apps and websites, and to bring together information from social media, self report, genetics and pervasive devices to develop a rich data set for the future. Read more >
  • Public documents to promote the usefulness and cost effectiveness of e-health technologies for Australia.  Read more >

A new era in mental health research and clinical delivery


Established by the Australian Government through the NHMRC John Cade Fellowship to Professor Helen Christensen.


BDI-Vert_webThe Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog is a not-for-profit organisation and world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.
We are dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mood disorders through our high quality translational research, our clinical expertise, our eHealth resources and our education programs.
Depression and bipolar disorder affect millions of Australian. The Black Dog Institute has a vision of a world where the onset of depression can be prevented, and people experiencing mood disorders receive access to the best possible clinical strategies. Where health care professionals have accurate and up-to-date information on mood disorders at their fingertips. Where the community can recognise the symptoms in themselves and others, and feel empowered to take charge of their mental health. Most of all, we want a world where people understand that depression can be prevented and treated, and that there is hope.