AI for healthy minds and healthy brains
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Global mental health is recognised as a key factor in achieving a sustainable future (SDG3 Ensure healthy lives and wellbeing for all at all ages). Mental, neurological and substance-use disorders are among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with an estimated loss of US$16 trillion to the global economy by 2030, according to the World Economic Forum. Today, an estimated 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression alone, while suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people. Most mental illnesses are treatable.
The Monash Data Futures Institute is the access point to Monash University’s vast network of researchers, academics, engineers and scientists in AI and the data sciences. The Institute forms the nucleus of one of the largest cohorts of AI and Data Science researchers in the Asia-Pacific. Partnering with industry, governments and not-for-profits at all levels to address the most pressing global and scientific challenges of our time, we emphasise a cross-disciplinary approach to transformative change in health sciences, sustainable development, governance and policy.