Rob

Rob. CEO. Carer. Collector. Social Justice Advocate.

“The inescapable evidence is that, whether its schizophrenia, bipolar or depression, hope actually results in better outcomes.”

What is your role at One Door? 

I think the most important role of mine is to build a culture, I think that culture is the most powerful thing about the organisation. When I first got here, they were all in advocacy mode, but, our advocacy is stronger if we've got effective services. The last 26 years for me has been walking the tightrope between knowing that our core business is advocacy, but that we’re also operating a lot of services, so keeping things in balance and building the culture around that.

What's your personal vision for the future of mental health care in Australia?

That we reach a point where it's on par with other illness. Why a particular illness should be treated so poorly within the health system is beyond me, where the evidence, the international evidence, is that we can actually make a massive difference. Mental illness is the only area of health where rehabilitation is not even thought about. Any other area of health, rehabilitation starts at first contact or first consciousness. In the mental health area it's not there, it doesn't exist. So I’d like to see big changes in terms of mental health care. 

What advice do you have or would you give to someone who was recently diagnosed with a mental illness?

Have hope. The inescapable evidence is that, whether its schizophrenia, bipolar or depression, hope actually results in better outcomes. Have hope, get information and talk about it. Share your problems; we have found it to be very powerful in our support groups. It may not actually improve the problem but it improves the capacity to cope with the problem.

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