Australia’s federal government announced having set aside a grant of $15 million to assist in the study of psychedelics. The government says this cash will help in studying the use of psychedelic drugs including ecstasy and mushrooms and how these drugs can help citizens struggling with mental health conditions.
This announcement adds Australia to the small list of governments which are directly supporting study and research of psychedelics in their countries.
Earlier in the year, Australia’s medicine and therapeutic regulatory authority rejected an appeal to scale down psychedelics in the country. This once again reaffirms the government position in matters psychedelics.
Citing data records from Black Dog Institute, around 50% of adult people in Australia are expected to face mental health challenges during their adult live. This also cements the need of psychedelics in the country.
“1 in 5 of us will experience symptoms of mental illness in any given year. In Australia that’s around 5 million people, and roughly 60% of these people won’t seek help,” read the study.
Data records from 2019 reveal that suicide was the major cause of death in Australia for adults aged 15 to 49 years in that year. Many of these cases would have been prevented had the victims sought mental therapies.