A national combined voice for mental health consumers and carers
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People with mental illness are among the most socially and medically marginalized people in our community. Ironically, these same people are frequently monitored and treated by qualified health professionals for their mental health problems, whilst their physical health issues are either ignored or inadequately treated.Read more
There is a need to articulate what being person-centred means and what constitutes person-centred care or person-centred approaches to care and support from the perspective of the informed consumer and family/support person.Read more
Australia is one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world. It is estimated that about 40% of the Australian population are immigrants and their children, and that about 15% speak a language other than English at home. According to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, rates of...Read more
Current practices relating to privacy, confidentiality and information sharing are a significant concern for mental health consumers, and their families and carers.Read more
People with a mental illness are significantly more likely to smoke tobacco than the general population; an estimated 32% of people with a mental illness smoke tobacco compared to 18% of the general Australian population and those diagnosed with schizophrenia have smoking rates over 60%. Australian...Read more
Homelessness is a risk factor for mental health and wellbeing, and mental illness is a risk factor for homelessness.Read more
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a mental illness that makes it difficult for people to feel safe in their relationships with other people, to have healthy thoughts and beliefs about themselves, and to control their extreme emotions and impulses. People living with a diagnosis of BPD may...Read more
Psychiatric disorders in people with intellectual disability (ID) are 3-5 times more common than in the general population. These disorders are frequently not recognised or are misdiagnosed and therefore not treated appropriately.Read more
The trauma of seclusion and restraint contributes to consumers' fear of treatments and they are much less likely to seek help again if subjected to seclusion and/or restraint. Similarly families and/or carers may feel reluctant to seek treatment for a consumer.Read more
Psychosocial disability is the term used to describe the disabilities that are associated with mental health conditions. While not everyone with a mental illness will experience psychosocial disability, those that do can experience severe effects and social disadvantage. Such effects are often...Read more