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SANE Australia

SANE Australia is a national mental health charity working to support four million Australians affected by complex mental illness including schizophrenia, bipolar, borderline personality disorder, OCD, PTSD and severe depression and anxiety.

Our vision

For an Australia where everyone affected by mental illness lives a long and fulfilling life.

Our purpose

To support the four million people affected by complex mental illness.

Our work

SANE Australia pursues its purpose through three key areas of activity to promote a better life for all Australians affected by complex mental illness: Support, Education and Training.


SANE Australia supports people affected by mental illness, their family and friends through our Help Centre services including:

  • Helpline 1800 – National Freecall service providing information, advice, and referral on mental illness.
  • Helpline Online – Personal email responses to Helpline enquiries via the SANE website.
  • Helpline 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, and the Colonial Foundation.


SANE researches and develops resources to inform and educate the community about the impact of mental illness and to promote a fulfilling life for all those affected.

Our research program includes the SANE Research Bulletin series and other reports based on the views of ordinary Australians affected by mental illness, with recommendations for best practice in mental health and other support services.

Our award-winning educational resources include guidebooks and ebooks, factsheets, podcasts, videos. All resources are available online in digital and print format.

The SANE Media Centre promotes better understanding of mental illness - educating media professionals and the community about accurate, respectful representation of mental illness and working to reduce stigma and prejudice.

Our advocacy and campaigning work educates decision-makers about the needs of people affected by mental illness, and how they can be supported to lead a better life through improved services, supports, and community attitudes.

Last updated: 15 May, 2019