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“My big message is that, nowadays bipolar is not a terminal illness, and that people get really well”
What are the things you like about One Door?
The people that work here are very approachable. They understand the needs of people with mental illness, and the needs of their carers. The programs that they run are always in consultation with the people involved.
If we could put you on a box and you could say whatever you wanted to the world, about mental illness, what would it be?
My big message is that, nowadays bipolar is not a terminal illness, and that people get really well. I have been well now for 20 years, without an episode. My message also goes to the people that may have suicidal thoughts, because I'm one of them, and I am extremely happy that I'm still here. It was because of the imbalance in my brain that I felt so horrible. Once the balance was restored, through my medications and psychological treatment, I didn't feel that way at all.
What changes would you like to see for people living with mental health in Australia?
I would probably change quite a number of things, in terms of the treatment for people with mental illness in Australia. I have found the system to be very fragmented and disunited. We are talking about one system for all Australians, but each state and territory has its own little alteration to the system, and that disadvantages some people.
I would also educate everyone involved in making decisions about mental health policies and reforms. Inform them that people with a mental health condition have the right to be treated equally.
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