People Living with Psychosis: A SANE Response

The important new People Living with Psychotic Illness study is the largest ever carried out in Australia on the impact of conditions such as schizophrenia.

1111_info_responseThe study was commissioned by the Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing, and conducted by a team of experts which spanned the country. It provides an extraordinarily comprehensive insight into the impact of psychotic illness on the lives of Australians today.

SANE Australia is proud to be a partner in this project, and has produced People Living with Psychotic Illness: A SANE Responses which summarises the key findings and outlines the action needed in response to them. With health reforms being planned in a range of areas, including mental health, now is the time for Australian governments to ‘seize the day’ and make a real difference to the lives of people living with psychotic illness. See the ABC 1 '7.30' story on the launch of the Report, featuring SANE Speakers, David Braniff and Sandy Jeffs, as well as former SANE Executive Director, Barbara Hocking.

Download David's speech at the Parliament House.

See Sandy's commentary on the report at the Crikey website.

Download pdf People Living with Psychosis: A SANE Response (1.5 MB)

1 How many are affected?
Sixty-four thousand people with psychotic illness are in contact with public mental health services every year. Two in three experience their first episode before the age of 25 . . .
2 Who is affected?
People with psychotic illness are more likely to be male, living alone and have disrupted education . . .
3 What are the effects
Psychotic illness often has a severe impact on ability to function in daily life . . .
4 Physical health
People with psychotic illness are experience very poor physical health, and are more likely to attempt suicide than the general population . . .
5 Mental health services
People with psychotic illness are the predominant users of mental health services, and make heavy, regular use of other health services . . .
6 NGO services
Mental health non-government organisations (NGOs) provide a range of services, and are highly valued by people living with psychotic illness . . .
7 GP services
People with psychotic illness see their GP nine times a year on average: almost twice as often as the general population . . .
8 A home and a job
People with psychotic illness have a very high rate of unemployment and are at greater risk of homelessness . . . .
9 Social isolation
Nearly a quarter of people with psychotic illness reported feeling socially isolated and lonely. One in eight had no friends at all . . .
10 The challenge
The People Living with Psychotic Illness study provides compelling evidence of the need to improve our mental health services, and recommendations on this are spelled out under Action on every page of A SANE Response . . .


Download pdf People Living with Psychosis: A SANE Response (1.5 MB)

A copy of the full report is available here from the Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing.