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Our History - The Journey to One Door

Sometimes the most life-changing things happen when dedicated people gather around a kitchen table. That’s exactly what happened on 15 October 1985 when our founders discussed creating an organisation to help people with schizophrenia and their carers. 

A public meeting was called for 20 November that same year. More than 300 people packed the room that night, admitting to the world that they were either living with or knew someone with schizophrenia. This was arguably one of the biggest steps towards ending mental illness stigma in Australian history. 

On that night the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW was founded on a set of principles that to this day we still adhere to. 

Now, with more than 270 staff, 50 volunteers and more than 45 offices across the state the commitment to people with lived experience of mental illness is stronger than ever.


For more than 30 years we have pioneered paths, supported friends, provided direction and changed the landscape. Our passion belongs in making this world a better place for people who live with or care for someone with mental illness.

We have planted so many seeds of hope and recovery along the way that have lit a path for those coming after. Those who understand are standing on the threshold waiting for you to arrive at One Door.

We are now known as One Door Mental Health. Through One Door is a place of hope on your mental health journey.