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The Anika Foundation

What we do

The Anika Foundation was set up in 2005 to raise funds for the purposes of supporting research into adolescent depression and suicide. Depression and suicide have become one of the largest (but least supported) medical and social problems of our time.

$3.27 million

In Donations

$1.16 million

In Scholarships

50% mental issues

we experience will have started by age 14

19.9% 11 to 17 years

experience high or very high levels of psychological distress

1 in 10 young people

aged 12 to 17 years have engaged in self-harm

96 deaths

by suicide among people aged 5 to 17 years in 2019

Portrait of Anika

Anika’s Story

On 17 May 2004 Anika was at home studying for a major mathematics assessment for the HSC to be held the next day. Anika left letters to her parents and friends apologising and explaining to them that she could not cope any more with the pressure of the HSC, along with an issue with a friend.

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News & Events

  • The 2023 Anika Foundation fundraiser

    September 2023 Event

    The board of the Anika Foundation is pleased to announce that the annual Phil Lowe event for the foundation will take place on 7 September 2023 at the Ivy Ballroom on George Street.

  • Anika Indigenous Youth Cultural Exchange Report

    June 2023

    Prior to Covid the Anika Foundation board agreed to provide emerging leaders traveling fellowships for a group of indigenous Australian youth to attend a indigenous suicide prevention congress in Canada. The trip had to be delayed due to Covid. However, the board is pleased to announce that the trip went ahead in 2023. On their return the group submitted a report on the event and the benefits they experienced.

  • The 2021 Anika Foundation fund raiser

    August 2021 Event

    On 14 September 2021 we will hold our annual fundraiser with RBA Governor Philip Lowe, supported by National Australia Bank, and Australian Business Economists.

    Due to Covid 19, we cannot hold the event live, and so instead the Foundation may run a huge interactive Zoom conference. Last year, this was quite brilliantly executed by ABE, raising $47,623.

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