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Research outcomes

Our Turn to Speak seeks to understand if and how a person’s experience of a mental health issue impacts the way they are treated across different areas of their lives (“life domains”).

The study explores the perspectives of Australian residents living with severe and complex mental health issues. This exclusive focus on the views of those living with complex mental health issues is unique and significant. Previous work in this field has tended to research the thoughts and behaviours of the general public towards people living with complex mental health issues or on the experiences of those who live with high prevalence disorders like depression and anxiety. Instead, Our Turn to Speak recognises those directly affected as experts on their own experiences.

Whether a participant’s life experiences have been positive or negative, the information they provide will help us better understand where change is needed.

What we will do with this information

Through Our Turn to Speak we hope to develop a clearer understanding of where policy change and cultural shifts are needed most.

SANE’s ultimate goal is to make a real difference in the lives of people affected by complex mental health issues through support, research and advocacy. The results of the survey will inform our advocacy priorities, as well as guiding our policy positions and advocacy to support SANE’s mission.

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