SANE conducts applied research that aims to make a real difference to the lives of Australians affected by mental illness and to those who care for them.
People Living with Psychosis: A SANE Response
The People Living with Psychotic Illness study is the largest ever carried out in Australia on the impact of conditions such as schizophrenia. A SANE Response summarises the key findings and outlines the action needed in response to them. More >>
People affected by some mental illnesses have a far greater risk of suicide than the general population. Suicide prevention is therefore integral to all of SANE’s work. Read more about SANE’s work in this area. More>>
A report from SANE Australia - 'SANE Helpline 2010: A report on SANE Australia's national mental illness helpline' reveals widespread internet access has dramatically affected SANE Helpline operations. More>>
Getting help early for mental illness
Research contained in the latest Pfizer Health Report, produced in partnership with SANE Australia, shows that Australians are unlikely to recognise the early signs of mental illness, and that poor community attitudes are an obstacle to people seeking help. More>>
A landmark report - 'Schizophrenia: Costs' - from SANE Australia reveals the alarming human and financial costs of schizophrenia. The report was commissioned by SANE from Access Economics. More>>
The 'Bipolar Disorder: Costs' - reveals the shocking economic and human cost of neglecting bipolar disorder. The report was commissioned by SANE from Access Economics. More>>
SANE Research Bulletins
The SANE Research Bulletins ask people affected by mental illness to give their views on issues which affect their lives - providing real-world evidence to support advocacy for improved services and attitudes.
Thanks to the R.E. Ross Trust for supporting the SANE Research Bulletin series.
Mind + Body
SANE Australia’s Mind and Body Initiative recognises that a healthier life includes both mental and physical wellness, and promotes research to promote improved health for the whole person. This includes research commissioned from others, such as the Smoking and Mental Illness: Costs report conducted by Access Economics. The report revealed that people with a mental illness now make up almost 40% of all smokers, that they receive little or no help to quit, and pay a terrible cost for this neglect (See Full Report here). Another study has shown that people living with long-term health conditions such as diabetes and arthritis are twice as likely to experience depression. A SANE Research Bulletin has focused on Physical Health Care and Mental Illness, and SANE is also working in partnership with St Vincent’s Mental health Service (Melbourne) to research and develop resources to improve physical health monitoring and improvement for people living with a mental illness. More>>
SANE produces the annual StigmaWatch report, a summary on how the media has fared in undertaking balanced reporting of mental illness. Read the verdict for the media in 2011/2012.
Federal Election 2010
Our election briefing – A SANE Perspective – outlines how the major parties rated in terms of mental health plans and commitments, and calls for action in five key areas.