MENTAL HEALTH IS TREATABLE
FAR too many people in WA with a serious mental illness are not getting treatment or adequate support. It's estimated less than 50 per cent of Australians who have a serious mental illness get treatment.
Obviously this is alarming; no one should go through mental illness alone.
The Mental Illness Fellowship of WA urges people who may have mental health issues to reach out and get the help they need.
There is support out there from GPs, clinical specialists and most importantly community mental health services.
Call 1800 985 944 for support from anywhere in Australia if you or someone you know needs advice or visit MiNetworks.org.au.
Our latest campaign highlights 230,000 people in Australia are estimated to have schizophrenia.
When you include families helping these people, around one million people are impacted.
It is utterly shameful that the average life expectancy of someone with schizophrenia in this country is now just 54 years. People with schizophrenia can and do recover.
We also highlight it's time there was much more government funding for mental health services in all areas of Australia.