Episode #39: Stigma and discrimination towards people with complex mental health issues
Approximately 690,000 Australians experience complex mental health difficulties, including psychosis, personality disorder, eating disorders, bipolar and OCD.
Michelle Blanchard, deputy CEO of SANE Australia, joins host Jerome Doraisamy on this episode of The Wellness Daily Show to talk about the Our Turn to Speak campaign, which is a national survey that seeks to understand the life experiences of people living with severe and complex mental health issues in Australia.
Michelle explains the different aspects of stigmatic and discriminatory behavior, how the organisation plans to use their findings to inform policy changes, and the hypothesised implications of these results for people who work in professional services and suffer from such conditions.
This episode of The Wellness Daily Show contains content which some may find confronting or distressing. If you are in need of support, you can contact the following crisis services:
Lifeline, 13 11 14, www.lifeline.org.au
Suicide Call Back Service, 1300 659 467, www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
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