The Queensland government has launched a new Facebook application in a bid to help Australians better understand what it is like to live with a mental illness.
State mental health minister Curtis Pitt announced on Friday (February 17) that government's Change Our Minds campaign had been extended to now include the application, which challenges users to live a day in the life of someone experiencing mental illness.
"It takes users on a journey through an online video experience, showing them in a very personal way some of the issues people with mental illness face on a daily basis," he said.
"Things like losing friends, having a failed relationship, lack of support and contact from family, or difficulties in the workplace."
Mr Pitt believes the resource can be used to help Australians to not only better understand the issue, but to also remind them where they can access support.
According to the federal government's Private Health Insurance Ombudsman, one in five Australians will experience some form of mental illness in their lives.
Some private health insurance policies may help to cover a portion of the cost incurred by accessing psychological services outside of Medicare's current system.