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.