"In each year, approximately one in every five Australians will experience a mental illness. Mental illnesses are the third leading cause of disability burden in Australia, accounting for an estimated 27% of the total years lost due to disability"
- Mindframe 2015
The effects on families and communities across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven are far reaching.
Healthy People Illawarra generally works to create opportunities to positively impact on people’s mental health and sense of well-being through education and engagement in a range of community based programs and activities. Strategies which involve people in practical ways in community activities, projects or "place-making" can enhance a sense of belonging, improve self esteem, reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness and can connect people to support service networks.