Raising funds for mental health

Gras lab.
Gras lab.

In honour of RUOK? Day on Thursday 12 September, the Gras lab at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) has decided to each give up something they enjoy for the month of September, to help raise money for people with mental health issues.

It’s estimated that 45 per cent of Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Depression affects one million Australians over any one-year span, and anxiety affects two million. Losing interest in activities generally enjoyed is one of the symptoms of depression, and that’s why the Gras lab has decided to give up something they each love to support people who are doing it tough.

Everyone in the team is getting involved. Lab head Associate Professor Stephanie Gras has decided to give up cheese, while others in the team are giving up chocolate, sugar, pizza and other fast foods. Head to their Everyday Hero fundraising page to find out how you can support the cause.

Every dollar they raise will go to RUOK?, an organisation that brings attention to the importance of connecting with others by asking the simple question: “Are you okay?”

About the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute

Committed to making the discoveries that will relieve the future burden of disease, the newly established Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University brings together more than 120 internationally-renowned research teams. Our researchers are supported by world-class technology and infrastructure, and partner with industry, clinicians and researchers internationally to enhance lives through discovery.