Over the past decade, as a nation, SANE Australia has made great advances in reducing stigma around mild to moderate mental health illnesses. Now more than ever people are seeking help, but there is still a great deal of work to be done to help those at the more severe, or complex, end of the spectrum.
Everyday there are 690,000 Australians living with a complex mental health concern, including schizophrenia, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD and severe depression and anxiety. And for every one of these people there will be at least five family members, friends, work colleagues or other people in their lives, who are also directly affected by their condition.
SANE Australia is a national mental health charity working to support these four million Australians affected by complex mental illnesses. Our work involves provision of peer-to-peer and specialist mental health professional support through the integrated SANE Help Centre and SANE Online Forums, research and advocacy through The Anne Deveson Research Centre, stigma reduction including attitudinal change campaigns and our StigmaWatch program, and programs to support people with lived experience to use their experiences to help others, such as our Peer Ambassador program.