THERE is life after mental health if you follow the rules.
That's the message from former psychiatric patient, Luke Butler Taveta.
Mr Taveta was training for a place in the Fiji Military Forces in the 1980s when he suffered a nervous breakdown but he says his recovery is proof that there is life after mental illness.
"If you follow the doctors' advice and take the prescribed medication then there is life," he said at World Mental Health Day celebrations in Suva yesterday.
Mr Taveta said the idea of him getting a mental illness never crossed his mind saying that it was something he never considered.
"I was doing my course and who would have thought that it could have happened to me.
"I had a nervous breakdown but now I have recovered and am now participating in these celebrations.
Mr Taveta, now an advocacy officer with the Psychiatric Survivors Association (PSA), also assisted in the launch of a book called Holding on to Hope at yesterday's celebrations.
"The book launch this morning was prepared by members of the PSA, it's about the life stories of the psychiatric patients.
"It's about what happened to them and how they ended up in the hospital and stuff like that."
He said his message to people who were suffering from mental health issues was to trust in God Almighty and all the cures would help them along.