This week is Mental Health Week which shines a special light on one of our partners, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA).

NeuRA is one of the world’s leading centers for neuroscience research. They consist of 300 researchers, clinicians and support staff spread across 30 research groups, each led by a Senior Clinical or Scientific Investigator.

NeuRA researches some of the biggest challenges which impact people’s health, lives, and quality of life. It’s their mission to investigate brain disease with their research taking on a long list of brain-related disorders and diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Autism, neural/spinal injury, chronic pain and also neurological disorders leading to falls in the elderly.

However, this week they have a special focus: Mental Health. With the 8th-14th of October being Mental Health Week, NeuRA has launched their new seminar series NeuRA Talks. The series is presented on a wide range of mental disorders with leading researchers presenting on their field of study over the week. Their goal is to provide people the chance to engage with some of Australia’s leading neuroscientists and to learn more about the research being undertaken at NeuRA. This highlights how NeuRA contributes to fighting the most debilitating disorders of the brain and spinal cord.

At Devika, we believe this is an impactful way to contribute to such an important week which encourages all of us to think about our mental health and wellbeing. We support our team to take some time and reflect on the themes and issues of the week even if people do not have a lived experience of mental illness.

The goal of this week is to understand the importance of mental health in our everyday lives and also encourages people to seek help when needed. It’s great to see innovative organizations like NeuRA getting on board and contributing in meaningful ways.

Mental illness is one of the largest pressing issues concerning health in Australia. The major psychiatric disorders of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder each affect around 1% of the population. NeuRA actively contributes to helping with these disorders as well as with childhood developmental disorders such as autism.

With NeuRA talks launching recently, it has been exciting for Devika to partner with them in building their website This is important for us to be a part of the meaningful cause NeuRA contributes to. One of the best things about their involvement is that it is more than just one week of the year that they contribute to significant areas of public health, NeuRA's impact is year round with their continuous research on the brain being valuable to understanding mental health in a variety of ways. They are currently doing work in areas such as psychosis and mood disorders, resilience research, genetics, early detection of psychiatric disorders, mental and neurodegenerative disorders, and a wide range of mental illnesses and disorders.

While this is our first partnership with NeuRA, hopefully, it is not the last time we work together on a meaningful project. At Devika, we are passionate about how emerging technologies like virtual reality can impact mental health as well as research (which can be seen in our work with Visikol) so it is great to be partnering with a company like NeuRA.

If you have any mental health concerns or are worried about anyone you know, it’s okay to ask for help. Consider contacting Beyond Blue.