One in five people are impacted by mental illness in their lifetime. By better understanding the brain, how it works and why illnesses occur, we aim to find the best treatments to help people recover and live their best lives. Mental health is an important target for brain science. The burden of this disease on those affected and on those who love them, deserves the best neuroscience we can offer. Scientists at the Queensland Brain Institute are looking at brain development, epigenetics, environmental risk factors, genes, neurogenesis and the neurochemical control of behaviour to understand what happens when our brains misfire. Our dream is to ultimately prevent people from developing brain disorders. With your support, we are confident our research will lead to improved treatments and fewer people living with mental illness.