Mental illness affects one in four people at an point in time and the impact touches every person in society. There is a wide spectrum of conditions, including anxiety, addiction, obsession, phobia, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, schizophrenia or an eating disorder.
These conditions can lead to profound emotions of despair and thoughts of suicide. People's experiences can often be further complicated by alcohol or drug addiction.
There are many misconceptions about mental illness, often fuelled by images we see on television and stories we read in the media.
SANE is committed to helping people with these conditions as well as their families, carers and health professionals.
One way we achieve this is by making information available. You can find out more on our mental health conditions page; which gives detailed explanations of conditions, their symptoms and treatment options. It also provides information for families, friends and carers, as well as an overview of talking treatments.
In the following video, people share their personal experience of how mental illness affects their internal world.
If you are concerned about your own or someone else's mental health, you may like to consider contacting SANEline or TextCare. These services offer expert emotional support and specialist information. Both services are confidential and for those aged 16 or over.
Alternatively, you can visit our Support Forum where peer-to-peer advice and help is available. We have also created a Crisis page, which lists a range of support resources that are available in times of urgent need.