Supporting and looking after your mental health is important. The Queensland Government has created a website which is dedicated to developing an understanding of how to look after our mental health. The Mental Wellbeing Initiative also has a list of supports available to look after your mental health.
Sometimes, you can be unsure about whether you need to seek additional help to support your mental wellbeing. The first step should always to speak with your general practitioner (GP), however this checklist may help identify that it is time to begin having those conversations with your GP. Your GP may recommend creating a mental health care plan which will assist with Medicare rebates to access psychological support. If you feel you need mental health support now, you can call 1300 MH CALL (1300 642 255) as the main point of access into public mental health services.
On a local level, Primary Health Networks (known as PHN’s) can be a great place for people looking to connect with community based support services. To find your PHN and access information about services in your community, use the Department of Health’s PHN finder.
If you need help now, or are immediate danger to yourself or others, call 000 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.