A National Combined Voice for Mental Health Consumers and Carers
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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
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
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
The mental health consumer and carer identified workforce comprises those consumer and carers who are employed specifically for their expertise developed from their lived experience of mental illness as a consumer or a carer.Read more
Consumer and carer participation sets out to achieve cultural change and systemic reform through the expression of our collective experience and expertise. Participation enhances recovery and well-being and leads to improved service quality and developments. This document is currently under review.Read more