Mental illness is real

But you are not alone.
There is much that can be done and
legalsuper is working together with SANE Australia
to help ensure good advice is at hand if you need it.

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Mental illness is real. Around 20% of adults are affected by some form of mental illness every year.

Anxiety disorders affect around 14% of the adult population every year and depression affects around 6% of the adult population every year. Some are also affected by substance abuse disorders, psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia, personality disorders, and other conditions. Many people have more than one diagnosis.

Some people are so severely affected by mental illness that it affects their ability to participate fully in society. It can affect their home life, their relationships and their work.

Most people with mental illness recover well and are able to lead fulfilling lives in the community – when they receive appropriate ongoing treatment and support.

It is important to ask your doctor about any concerns you have.

legalsuper has teamed with SANE Australia to offer you guidance and assistance should you feel you need it.

Mental health & mental illness

Around half of us experience mental health problems at some time in life.
It’s a common part of being human.
But what is mental health & mental illness?

What is 'mentally healthy'?

Good mental health means more than the absence of symptoms. It means the ability to manage life competently and to deal in a reasonably robust way with the challenges it inevitably throws at us from time to time. It means being able to take satisfaction and pleasure in everyday life. This includes the range of feelings and thoughts we have in life, in response to what happens to us.

It’s normal to feel sad, lonely, disappointed, or confused at times, for example. We all know these feelings. They are part of being human.

When these feelings persist, but don’t seem to have a cause that justifies them, and they interfere with the ability to lead and enjoy everyday life, then it’s a good idea to talk to a doctor or other health professional about any possible mental health problems that might need attention.

What is mental illness?

Mental illness includes a wide range of conditions that affect how we feel and think. Most of these are first experienced in the late teens or early twenties, but may only emerge later in life.

Like many physical illnesses, mental illnesses are thought to arise from the interaction of genetic vulnerability and stresses in life.

Mental illnesses include the more common conditions such as anxiety and depressive disorders, as well as the far less common but often more severe conditions such as schizophrenia and other forms of psychotic illness. Many are also affected by psychological conditions, such as borderline personality disorder, for example.

Mental illnesses vary in severity and how long they affect people: sometimes a single episode, sometimes a lifelong condition.

Thankfully, there are effective treatments and support which help most people affected to manage or even eliminate symptoms. No matter to what degree mental illness affects you or someone you know, treatment can lead to a fulfilling life.

Get help for you or someone you know

Factsheets produced by SANE Australia are a great place to start when seeking information and support. Click on a fact sheet below to find out more.

But if you feel the need to speak to someone, you can call the SANE helpline to talk to a mental health professional.

Phone SANE helpline 1800 18 7263
Email info@sane.org.au
Website sane.org.au
Forums saneforums.org