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Embrace @ Telethon Kids Institute is Western Australia’s first research collaboration devoted to the mental health of children and young people ages 0-25.

Led by some of the top mental health researchers in Australia, Embrace will find new ways to help kids at the lowest times in their lives – when they’re experiencing trauma, depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide or self-harm. We work with service providers who share our passion and focus on the early detection and intervention of mental health issues in young minds.

Embrace seeks to give kids and communities the tools they need to better cope with challenges they face, be it at home, at school or work, or online.

Together with our partners, researchers at Embrace want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people who experience mental health challenges.

Half of all mental illness begins before the age of 14 with most cases going undetected or untreated. And 75% of people who have mental illness develop symptoms before they turn 25. And in Western Australia alone, suicide is the leading cause of death for young people aged 15-24 years.

Childhood and young adulthood therefore present the greatest opportunity for prevention and early intervention for mental health concerns.

Our overarching strategy

For children and young people to achieve their best possible mental health, Embrace aims to:

  • Identify the origins and causes of mental health difficulties in children and young people.
  • Develop and test new interventions for children and young people with mental health difficulties.
  • Facilitate effective and efficient translation of findings into clinical practice and policy.

Maggie Dent's Story

Nic Naitanui's Story

Telethon Kids CONNECT honours the many ways our community supports us to make our research great and achieve our vision of happy healthy kids.

There’s a lot to be proud of and celebrate – our community plays an important role in what we do, how we do it, and what we achieve.