Decades ago, there was little awareness of mental illness in Australia.
Despite many years and campaigns, stigma and a lack of understanding remains.
Dale Skinner, 34, said people were still surprised when he tells them he has bipolar type two.
A full-time public servant, married father and football club president, Mr Skinner isn’t what most people picture when they think of someone with a complex metal illness.
But Mr Skinner is representative of the one in five Australians who will experience a mental illness each year.
They are neighbours, colleagues and family members, the kinds of people many would never guess have a mental illness.
However unlike Dale, only 45 per cent of people with a mental health problem seek professional help, according to the Australian Psychological Society.
Chris Bogusis too knows what it’s like to live with the stigma and self-stigma that often accompanies diagnoses like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
To mark Mental Health Week, Dale and Chris have shared stories of their everyday lives on the Border.