The impact of mental illness

The impact of mental illness is enormous and it is heartbreaking. It effects families, relationships, carers the workplace, and the economy. Mental Health related absenteeism, reduced productivity and compensation claims cost Australian workplaces around $11 billion each year.

Severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and major anxiety disorders severely affect the quality of the sufferer’s life, and can even shorten life expectancy. This is in part due to treatments being only partially effective, variably tolerated, and only addressing the symptoms rather than the causes of the disorders. We are in crisis. We simply do not know enough. Research into mental illnesses is desperately and shockingly underfunded. It is critical that ONE IN FIVE closes this gap in funding and transforms mental health through breakthrough medical research.

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