We all need to be connected to other people. Our wellbeing depends on the relationships we develop, not just intimate relationships, but also with others in our community, such as colleagues, neighbours, teammates, shopkeepers, or interest groups. For people affected by mental health issues, feeling connected to, and part of, their community can be a challenge, especially when they have experienced discrimination or become socially isolated.
People who have experienced recovery tell us that being part of community is just as important to wellbeing—and sometimes more important—than other supports, like medication or therapy. Focusing on community inclusion means making sure that people have the same opportunities as everyone else to:
- create a home
- develop relationships or reconnect with family and friends
- find a job or study
- be part of social movements
- explore recreational and cultural opportunities
Community inclusion isn’t just important for wellbeing, it is a human right. People affected by mental health issues are still often excluded from society. To make inclusion a reality, we need to make sure that:
- people have many opportunities to fully participate in the community
- communities are supported to welcome and include everyone
- services focus on community inclusion as a human right
If you need to talk, call our Helpline.
Learn more about:
- other things that might help
- causes and contributing factors
- mental illness
- support for families, friends and carers
- the importance of identity and belonging
- our peer education programs
- our community education programs
- our research on community inclusion
Remember, you are not alone. Hear stories from people who have been there.
For more information, please contact Wellways on 1300 111 400.