Why is the cliché 'life has its ups and downs' so difficult to apply when we find ourselves in a down moment?
If you find it a struggle to reverse a down day, remember we have the cliché because 'ups' exist as well.
For some people, being diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder (DID) is a huge shock.
It's frightening to find out you have 'personalities' in your head and they've been there for years, or there are alters present and you haven't known about them.
Mindfulness is a self-care tool that can help us slow down and manage our thoughts. But, it can be a hard activity to approach when your mind is overwhelmed or racing.
Do you find it hard to be mindful with a mind that's full? It's certainly a challenge I can relate to. Yet, it's possible to overcome this challenge by breaking the process into small, achievable steps.
It's not only the mood swings, delusions and hallucinations that Sarah has had to fight in her 15 year battle with schizoaffective disorder, she's also had to tackle stigma, misunderstanding and negative reactions.
She discusses how she's learnt to live with the symptoms and the public perception.
Carer . . . You may think this term implies solely supporting one person, but carers are also connected to a larger family dynamic. As such, carers often find themselves embroiled in complex situations.
We're frequently stomping out fires - in a state of perpetual conflict resolution - in order to keep the family stable and maintain a healthy equilibrium for all.
TV and radio personality and SANE Australia Board Director Osher Günsberg is a familiar face in the Australian music scene. Last year he shared his experience of living with anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.
'Music is an outlet I've used for a lot of my life to get good feelings in or bad feelings out,' he explains. So, how does Osher use music help manage his symptoms of mental illness?
At its worst, binge eating disorder totally took over my life.
It caused me to experience uncontrollable food cravings. Eating became an unconscious thing; it wasn't a lack of willpower, it was like I was on autopilot.
When I was binge eating, I would swear not to do it and the next minute I'd find myself stuffing food into my mouth. If someone had watched the process they would have seen me gulping down one thing after another.
Christmas. It's fast approaching.
For many Christmas is a wonderful day filled with family, friends, gifts, good food and good times. But for some people it can be a challenge.
Services close for the holiday break, health professionals go on vacation and there's a perceived social pressure that demands happiness and participation.
To help you through the coming days we asked people living with mental illness for their tips to survive the Christmas period.