Breaking down stigma
Mental illness is common. One in five Australian adults will experience a mental illness over the next 12 months. However, people will a mental illness are among one of the most marginalised groups in our community. While many people recover from their mental illness or find ways to manage it, the stigma and discrimination they experience because of their mental illness can make this more difficult and challenging . It can even adversely affect their potential to recover.
Three out of four people with a mental illness report that they have experienced stigma.
If people receive help early for their mental illness it can protect them from developing a severe mental disorder or suicidal thinking and improve their overall quality of life.
We all have a role in challenging stigma and discrimination to improve the lives of people with mental illness.
The Mental Health Commission is helping to cut down stigma with: