Almost one-in-five Australians are living with a disability. Those with a mental health condition make up the largest group on welfare

When Amethyst DeWilde had a stable job in the public service, she kept a wardrobe full of power suits. Though she was time poor, she was money rich. Everything she wore matched. If she didn’t feel like cooking, she could always eat out. She had a favourite restaurant.

Then in 2003 she quit her job after she stood up for another person in her workplace who was struggling with their own mental health. A year later DeWilde was formally diagnosed with bipolar disorder and made an application for the Disability Support Pension.

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