How do people know when something's not right and they should seek psychological help?
Are there common warning signs that suggest oncoming symptoms of mental illness?
The answer is yes, but sadly the signs aren't always obvious to the person experiencing them. Many people say it's easier to recognise the symptoms in hindsight.
To help you identify the warning signs, we asked ten SANE Peer Ambassadors to share how they knew they needed help.
Assumptions often govern our understanding of the world and those around us. We guess what it's like to be rich and famous, or the impact of travelling a long, rocky road due to disability or misfortune.
Many people start their journey living with a mental illness with little practical knowledge of the long-term effect their symptoms may have. They may not understand the battles they'll need to fight just to leave the house, visit family, go to work, or attend treatment.
To understand how the reality of mental illness and how it differs from first impressions, we asked nine SANE Peer Ambassadors to share their experiences.
Wouldn't it be nice to turn back the clock, travel back in time and give some frank advice to your younger self?
We asked 11 SANE Peer Ambassadors what they'd tell their younger self to help them through their mental health journey. They said...
I am the woman you want on your trivia team. I have an obsessive memory for facts. I thrive at work because I can draw on obscure documents I read four years ago.
I remember the birthdays and phone numbers of people I went to primary school with. I learn things quickly. I rarely get lost because I can look at a map and it imprints on my mind.
But about ten years ago I noticed something.
It can be daunting when someone you know isn't quite right or is struggling with their mental health.
They may be experiencing mania, paranoia, anxiety, depression or any other symptom of mental illness. It's a distressing time for all involved.
A big question we're often asked by friends, family and supporters is, 'How can I help?'
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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.