One in five Australians will experience a mental illness at some stage in their life, and many experience more than one illness at any one time. It’s very common, yet most family members and friends know little about it when they first come across these disorders, and find it difficult to talk about.
Just as people can be physically unwell, so can their minds. Just as there are different physical illnesses and treatments, there are different mental illnesses and treatments.
Mental illness is not only distressing for the person who's experiencing it, but for the people living with or caring for them too. Family, extended family and friends can take heart that most people struggling with mental illness can recover and lead fulfilling lives when they get the right help and support.
Learning about your loved one's illness and treatment options can really help. The content below provides useful and practical information: