Vision + Mission


Our vision is for Australia to lead the world
In mental health within ten years




Our mission is to help all Australians
affected by mental illness lead a better life



Our work

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



SANE Australia supports people affected by mental illness, their family and friends with a suite of programs 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.


Last modified: August 2014


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, Guidelines for health professionals, and our popular magazine, SANE News. 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.



SANE develops and provides innovative training programs for the community and professionals, to promote better understanding of mental illness and services for people affected. Current projects include:

The Mind and Body Initiative focuses on treatment and support for the whole person: promoting better physical health for people with a mental illness, and better mental health for people with physical health conditions.

The Mental Illness and Bereavement Initiative focuses on improving the coping ability of family and friends when someone with a mental illness dies by suicide or goes missing. (Supported by the Australian Government, Department of Health)

The Mindful Employer initiative promotes mentally healthy workplaces, that benefit both employer and employee.