Last updated 7 April 2016 This chapter is currently under review.
The Mental Health Act 2000 (Qld) (Mental Health Act) defines mental illness as a condition characterised by a clinically significant disturbance of thought, mood, perception or memory (s 12 Mental Health Act). A person must not be considered to have a mental illness merely because the person:
- holds or refuses to hold a particular religious, cultural, philosophical or political belief or opinion
- is a member of a particular racial group
- has a particular economic or social status
- has a particular sexual preference or sexual orientation
- engages in sexual promiscuity
- engages in immoral or indecent conduct
- takes drugs or alcohol
- has an intellectual disability
- engages in antisocial or illegal behaviour
- is or has been involved in family conflict
- has previously been treated for mental illness or been subject to involuntary assessment or treatment.
However, none of the above things means that a person does not have a mental illness.