Lived experience reflections relating to Mental Healthcare Services

"I stand by the lived experience voice in these findings calling for increased accessibility to mental health services – the ‘missing middle’ is not a new phenomenon, the dilemma of being too unwell for some services while not acute enough for others. But it should not be the lasting problem that it has been for decades. It requires more government funding for services and the development and provision of training so mental health clinicians are best-equipped to adequately diagnose and treat a broader spectrum of illness severity. Without it, inadequate treatment will only serve the ideology that complex mental health challenges are too difficult to treat, thereby displacing the responsibility of issues inherent to under-resourced care and exacerbating stigma." 

– Sophie Raphael, SANE Australia Peer Ambassador