Mental Health Awareness Month 2022 - Elderly woman standing in garden

Did you know? … There are millions of people living with complex mental health needs in Australia.

Conditions like schizophrenia, PTSD, bipolar and borderline personality disorders, OCD, major depression, and eating disorders can often involve severe and enduring symptoms.

They can commonly co-occur with other mental and physical health challenges and are often misunderstood or stigmatised by the general community.

People living with complex mental health issues often require both clinical and psychosocial support for recovery. Their carers, families and loved ones need support too.

But sadly, what we often see is the complex mental health community falling through the cracks of our current mental health and social support systems.

Living with complex mental health needs isn’t easy, but with the right support, people living with complex mental health can live long, fulfilling and productive lives.

Show up for complex mental health this Mental Health Awareness Month

This Mental Health Awareness Month, SANE is encouraging Australians to show their support for individuals living with complex mental health needs.

You can #showupforcomplexmentalhealth in a number of ways:

  • taking steps to understand more about complex mental health issues
  • starting conversations
  • sharing stories
  • attending events
  • hosting your own event
  • donating an hour of your pay on World Mental Health Awareness Day on 10 October to SANE.

Make some noise by #showingupforcomplexmentalhealth on your socials! Here is our social media tool kit to get you started.

This October, we will be providing a range of resources for people to learn more about what complex mental health is and events to promote wellness and recovery for those with complex mental health needs. Please check back to this page throughout the month.

Show up for complex mental health by learning more about what complex mental health is.

Attend an event

7 -31 October
DAX ‘Adopted’ Exhibition

19 October, 1-2pm
Living Well with Complex Mental Health Needs webinar
Hear from experts to learn more about what you can do to live well with complex mental health needs.

25 October, 7-8.30pm
Topic Tuesday:
Looking after your mental health in a post-pandemic world

Donate

If you are in the financial position to do so, you can consider showing up for complex mental health by donating an hour of your pay on World Mental Health Awareness Day (10 October) to SANE. Your tax-deductible donation will help us to help others. Materials to support this activity are available through SANE.

For more information on how to get involved, or other ways to give, please feel free to contact Fundraising Coordinator Rhiannon Robertson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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