A national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. No one needs to face their problems alone and help is available. If you are desperate please pickup the phone and seek help from Lifeline. Call them on 13 11 14 or chat online with their crisis support team. If life is in danger CALL 000.
An independent, not-for-profit organisation supported by the Federal Government and every State and Territory Government in Australia. Striving to do everything they can to improve the lives of people affected by anxiety, depression, and suicide in Australia. Beyond Blue Support Services is available on 1300 224 636.
Your Local Doctor
A good place to start is your local GP. There is nothing to be afraid of and it’s a good idea to speak with your GP if you are struggling with your mental health. Depending on the nature of the problem, your GP will conduct an assessment of you, or refer you to a mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist or a psychologist.
Did you know...
By visiting your local GP you can get a mental health care plan, you will be entitled to Medicare rebates for up to 10 individual and 10 group appointments with some allied mental health services in a year. That means for certain psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers, you are also entitled to Medicare rebates for 10 individual and support group sessions in a year.
Your doctor can give you a referral to allied mental health services in your area. Or you can get more information from Beyond Blue, which includes a search tool to locate mental health professionals near you.
You can’t get Medicare rebates for all 10 sessions in one go. After the first 6 appointments, you need to see your doctor again for a mental health plan review and another referral.