SANE conducts applied research that aims to make a real difference to the lives of Australians affected by mental illness and those who care for them.
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 our work in this area. More>>
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.
As Australia's older population increases, the care of older people living with mental illness becomes even more important. Growing older, staying well is a research report from SANE Australia, detailing the needs of this group, drawing on their experience, their family and friends, and those who work with them.
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>>
See A Life without Stigma, a major report from SANE Australia detailing the harm done by stigma, best practice in reducing it, and recommendations for action in Australia.
SANE produces an 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.