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Mental health is an area all three founders of The Sunshine Community have been affected by in different ways. So we have partnered with Black Dog Institute to help fund research in the mental health space and work to improve the mental health of Australians.


Who are Black Dog Institute and what do they do? 

Simply, they exist to improve the lives of those living with mental illness through diagnosis, research, treatment and prevention. They are the leaders in high quality research and clinical expertise, which translates into education programs. These programs are delivered across Australia in community schools and workplaces through a network of volunteers and health professionals.


Why is Black Dog Institute important to us? 

We all know someone close to us struggling with mental health issues. 1 in 5 Australians are affected every year, making this cause close to our hearts. Coffee helps stimulate the brain and can help improve mental function, however it can also cause increased stress and anxiety. Our goal was to create a coffee that reduces the negative traits while still maintaining the positives. We have found the addition of Lion’s Mane and Chaga has been very effective in achieving this. 


Interest in Lion's Mane has significantly increased in recent years, with the scientific literature showing Lion’s Mane's potential as being a potent nerve and brain tonic. Lion’s Mane has also been found to be beneficial in mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. 1 We believe the positive health benefits that may be experienced with our products creates a strong connection between The Sunshine Community and Black Dog Institute.


What will our contribution to Black Dog Institute be? 

The Sunshine Community will be donating 5% of all profits to the institute and we will be holding fundraisers throughout the year with a goal of an additional five thousand dollars to be donated.


1. Vigna L, Morelli F, Agnelli GM, et al. Hericium erinaceus Improves Mood and Sleep Disorders in Patients Affected by Overweight or Obesity: Could Circulating Pro-BDNF and BDNF Be Potential Biomarkers?. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2019;2019:7861297. Published 2019 Apr 18. doi:10.1155/2019/7861297