Study to better understand the experience of Australians living with complex mental health issues
A new national research survey that aims to understand the life experiences of people living with severe and complex mental health issues is seeking participants.
Our Turn to Speak is the largest survey of its kind ever conducted in Australia. It is being led by SANE Australia’s Anne Deveson Research Centre in partnership with the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and with the support of the Paul Ramsay Foundation.
Participants will be asked to share their experiences across a range of 14 different areas including housing, employment, education, healthcare, insurance and finance.
The survey findings will help to inform SANE Australia’s advocacy priorities and contribute to policy change, as well as influencing resources and programs at a local, regional and national level.
Anne Deveson Research Centre Director and University of Melbourne Honorary Senior Fellow Michelle Blanchard explains that more than 690 000 Australians live with severe and complex mental health issues. This research will examine the individual experiences, whether positive or negative, of people living with these issues.
“Data collected will be used to inform our future efforts as we work toward improved social outcomes and support for all Australians affected by complex mental health issues,” Dr Blanchard said.
University of Melbourne research lead Christopher Groot, who holds an appointment as Director of the Mental Illness Stigma Lab in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, said the survey will provide a unique opportunity for Australians living with severe and complex mental health issues to be heard.
“We’re calling for 7000 people to take part in this comprehensive survey – online, over the phone, or in-person – so we can gain a deep understanding of how people living with severe and complex mental health issues are treated in Australia,” Dr Groot said.
Paul Ramsay Foundation Chief Executive Officer Glyn Davis explains it is vital this information is collected.
“This is much-needed data and has the potential to improve significantly the lives of these individuals and their families,” Professor Davis said.
Visit www.ourturntospeak.com.au to take part in the online survey.
Anyone looking for information, support and guidance from mental health professionals can contact the SANE Help Centre on 1800 187 263 or firstname.lastname@example.org from 10am-10pm AEST.
For anyone in crisis, call:
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Line 1800 659 467
- MensLine 1300 789 978
- Kids Helpline 1800 551 800.