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Personal stories

One in five Australians experience symptoms of mental illness each year.

Mental illness doesn’t discriminate, can affect anyone and can impact on people’s lives at different levels of severity.

Be inspired by first-hand accounts from people who live with mental illness, their families and carers.

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Janine’s story: From despair to healing

Janine’s son Nathan took his own life at the age of 31.Janine didn’t know that he had been struggling and the last time she saw him he was walking down the steps towards his car.

Trying to make sense of her loss, Janine joined a Wesley LifeForce Network – a nationwide program that trains people to recognise the warning signs of suicide and to understand how to offer support, before it’s too late. 

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Steph's story: a secret battle

Mitch’s story: A battle against ice

If you or someone you know needs crisis support, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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