The impact of mental illness stretches further than economic costs. The individual suffering from the condition, as well as their family, friends, work colleagues and society in general, feel the impact of mental illness.
Those experiencing mental illness may not be able to participate in their usual activities, which can increase feelings of sadness and hopelessness. If treatment includes extended periods of hospitalisation, then there may be associated feelings of loneliness and despair.
Family members may have to take time out from their normal activities to care for the sufferer. Sometimes children have to look after parents with mental illness, which can have a range of effects on their lives. They may miss school and not be able to socialise with their friends or play organised sport. There may be heightened levels of anxiety while the person undergoes treatment (especially if they are a risk to themselves or others).