Australia lagging on funding for mental health services, says Mental Illness Fellowship

The voices have ceased for now, but Shane Bell knows all too well the dangers of skipping his medication.

"It's rather scary. You lose all contact with the reality of things," Mr Bell said. The 46-year-old has lived with schizophrenia for about 14 years, which included debilitating periods of psychosis.

Mr Bell is one of 230,000 Australians with the illness, though psychiatrists think many people hide the illness.

Schizophrenia attacks the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which psychiatrist Dr Robert Parker said essentially means it undermines a person's ability to perceive reality and solve problems.

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