The Lived Experience of Mental Illness
About one in five Australians will experience a mental illness, and most of us will experience a mental health problem at some time in our lives.
Mental illness is a general term that refers to a group of illnesses, in the same way that heart disease refers to a group of illnesses and disorders affecting the heart.
A mental illness significantly affects how a person feels, thinks, behaves, and interacts with other people.
How long does Mental Illness last?
Some mental illness is treated quickly with no ongoing symptoms. For others, mental illness may recur throughout their lives and require ongoing treatment. This is the same as many physical illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease. Like these other long-term health conditions, mental illness can be managed so that individuals live life to the fullest.
Lived Experience of Mental Illness is so important.
Acknowledging, valuing and learning from people's lived experience of mental illness, how they recovered and how they thrive guides how to support the barriers being experienced by the person. The families, staff and communities also hold valuable information about the support needed and the barriers that may be experienced.