Tell your doctor:
Talking about your mental health can be hard. You can take a family member or close friend along for support. They can also help explain your situation to the doctor, and they can help remember the discussions you had.
Mental health assessments often take more than one visit. Your doctor will need to get to know you so they can give you the best support.
They may ask questions about your:
It is also good to tell your doctor if you have any preferences for your treatment.
Your GP will be able to assess whether a mental health treatment plan is right for you. Your health care needs, goals, treatment and referrals would be recorded in your mental health care plan.
Your doctor may also refer you to other health care professionals for further treatment or a clearer diagnosis.
If you or anyone you know needs help, here are some options for you to reach out to:
Lifeline - 13 11 14
Kids Helpline - 1800 551 800
MensLine Australia - 1300 789 978
Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue - 1300 224 636
Headspace - 1800 650 890
Relationships Australia - 1300 364 277
Care Leavers Australasia Network (CLAN) - 1800 008 774
Middle South CAT Service – Monash Medical Ph: 24/7 – (03) 1300 369 012