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    The 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, has found that one in five of Australian adults had a mental disorder in the previous 12 months and that almost half the total Australian population would experience a mental disorder at some time in their lives.

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    Please contact a complaints commission within the state that the service operates.

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    There are many resources to which you can refer for information about mental illness. Helplines, websites and government mental health information services provide a range of services.

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  • About the MHCA

    Mental Health Australia aims to promote mentally healthy communities, educate Australians on mental health issues, influence mental health reform so that government policies address all contemporary mental health issues, conduct research on mental health issues, and carry out regular consultation to represent the best interests of our members, partners and the community.

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    Improving mental health services – new services are urgently required to meet increasing demands and to ensure that people with a mental illness receive high...

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    Mental illness is a general term for a group of illnesses that affect the mind or brain. These illnesses, which include bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety and personality disorders, affect the way a person thinks, feels and acts. The exact cause of mental illness is unknown. What is known is that mental illness is NOT a character fault, weakness or something inherently ‘wrong’ with a person. It is an illness like any other.

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    The Commonwealth plays a leadership role in mental health policy-making, research and funding issues. The states and territories deliver public acute and psychiatric hospital services as well as a wide range of community and public mental health services. Non-government organisations also play a role providing a range of community-based mental health support services.

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    Services for people affected by mental health issues are listed here. See also Need Help page on this website.

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    Mental Health Australia represents all Australians through promoting the interests of the Australian mental health sector. It is the peak, national non-government organisation and its members include national organisations representing consumers, carers, special needs groups, clinical service providers, public and private mental health service providers, researchers and state/territory community mental health peace bodies.

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    A GP can provide either treatment or can refer you to a specialist for extra help. Effective treatments are available and early identification and care can reduce harm and improve quality of life. If you are uncertain or nervous about speaking to a GP, take a friend or family member with you.

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