Mental health is just as important as physical health. Psychological issues are common today. It is important to recognise that most people can recover fully, especially when they receive help early. Some may need more time and require ongoing treatment to manage the issues they are experiencing.
The first step should be talking to one of our GPs, who will listen to your concerns. They are trained to help you figure out what treatment is most suitable for you.
If you are experiencing issues or concerns about your mental wellbeing, you might be eligible for a Mental Health Plan (MHP) which can help you get appropriate support and treatment.
MHP helps you to access eligible allied health professionals like psychologists, social workers or occupational therapists who can help you to get better.
MHP can be useful for people with minor psychological conditions or very serious conditions, short-term concerns or long-term illnesses. You can talk to your doctor about making a MHP even if you have not been diagnosed mental health condition.
Remember that we all encounter difficult times in our lives, and that we all experience ups and downs. There is no shame in asking for help when you may need it, whether that would be from someone close to you or your doctor. In the past there used to be a stigma attached to seeking help and even having to take medication. With extensive public education, we are now much more prone to seeking and accepting help when we may need it. There are so many different avenues and courses of treatment available that there is absolutely no reason one should suffer in silence.
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