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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.

We work with the community, service providers and partner organisations to solve the mental health challenges faced by children and young people in WA.

And these challenges are significant. Half of all mental illness begins before the age of 14 with most cases going undetected or untreated. 75% of people who experience 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.^

Embrace is led by some of the top child and youth mental health researchers in WA. And because our work is based on the research that young people and families in WA want to see, we’re also led by the community.

Embrace is committed to collaborating with researchers, organisations and individuals to achieve our mission: mentally healthy futures for children, young people, and families in WA.

*Kessler, R. C., Berglund, P., Demler, O., Jin, R., Merikangas, K. R., & Walters, E. E. (2005). Lifetime prevalence and age-of-onset distributions of DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 62(6), 593-602. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.62.6.593
^Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2020). Causes of death, Australia. Retrieved from

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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.