We mourn the loss of SANE Australia Patron-in-Chief The Right Honourable Sir Ninian Stephen KG, AK, GCMG, GCVO, KBE, PC, QC who died aged 94 this week.
My most recent episode started in January this year, I almost didn't notice it at first.
I started finding it harder to get out of bed, even after 14 hours' sleep, and felt anxious in social situations, meetings, anything that involved speaking up. It was the little things you're not quite conscious of.
Then, the little things started growing into more than little things.
It's a sad reality that people living with mental illness will hear inappropriate comments, sometimes at a time when they are struggling.
A glib, flippant or offhand comment – whether born of ignorance, awkwardness, or arrogance – can cut to the bone and leave people questioning their place in the world.
So, what's the worst thing you can say to someone living with a mental illness?
SANE Australia mourns the passing of Jackie Crowe.
Jackie was a fearless and passionate advocate across so many mental health issues. She was an absolute champion in ensuring that people directly affected by mental ill-health were put in the design seat of programs and services.
When my son first displayed symptoms I felt a desperate need to try and help him.
Part of that need was born out of my own feelings of guilt. The remainder was fuelled my desire to alleviate his psychological pain.
Over the course of my son's diagnosis, there has been a huge shift in me. Initially I could not accept that nothing would help . I embarked upon a frenetic search for that illusive fix. I thought, 'Where did I go wrong? Why can't anyone help him?'
The word 'recovery' can mean different things to different people.
Taken literally the Macquarie Dictionary says it's 'to regain a former (and better) state or condition'. But in the world of mental health recovery is more nuanced than this.
So to find out what recovery really means, we asked people living with mental illness what the word meant to them.
SANE's Spotlight on OCD page collects together our stories, blog posts, information and research about obsessive compulsive disorder.
But the internet is a big place, and there are a lot more terrific, useful resources out there. Here are ten, hand picked by our staff.
There's far more to borderline personality disorder (BPD) than the stereotypes, myths and misunderstandings that often exist.
People who live with BPD are ordinary people. People who are overcoming challenging symptoms, as well as stigma and discrimination.
So, to raise awareness and reduce stigma we asked the community what they wanted to know about BPD. These questions have been answered by people who live with BPD and the SANE Help Centre.