Why We Exist
More than thirty years on from deinstitutionalisation, Australians affected by complex mental health issues still experience unacceptably high levels of stigma and discrimination.
While there are increased services for young people, adult Australians face major barriers in getting affordable access to the quality clinical and psychosocial support services that can support their recovery and enable them to lead a better life.
As a result, people affected by complex mental health issues can die up to 30 years earlier than their fellow Australians.
These barriers also have a direct impact on those who support a family member, friend or colleague with a complex mental health issue – emotionally, socially and financially.
This is unacceptable and we are committed to changing this reality for the five million Australians affected by complex mental health issues. This includes people who are currently living with a complex mental illness, have an experience of complex trauma or are experiencing high levels of psychological distress, and a further four million who are family, friends or carers. Complex mental illnesses include schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar and related disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, personality disorders, trauma-related disorders, eating disorders, and severe depression and anxiety.
For an Australia where people affected by complex mental health issues live long and fulfilling lives, free from stigma and discrimination.
To make a real difference in the lives of people affected by complex mental health issues through support, research and advocacy.
SANE Australia has three key areas of focus to make a real difference in the lives of Australians affected by complex mental health issues. These areas are support, research and advocacy.
SANE Australia supports people affected by complex mental health issues, their family and friends through our Help Centre services including:
- Helpline – National Freecall service providing support, information, advice, and referral on complex mental health issues
- Help Centre Online – Personal email responses to Helpline enquiries via the Help Centre
- Web chat – Real–time online chat service
- SANE Forums – An online peer-to-peer support service, operated in partnership with other mental health organisations around the country. Supported by the Australian Government, Department of Health.
SANE's research is conducted through the Anne Deveson Research Centre (ADRC). The Centre undertakes practical research that drives policy change to produce better social outcomes for people affected by complex mental health issues.
Our advocacy and campaigning work educates decision-makers about the needs of people affected by complex mental health issues, and how they can be supported to lead a better life through improved services, supports, and community attitudes.