Discuss how you are feeling with your GP and ask about The Better Access initiative which gives Medicare rebates to eligible people, so they can access the mental health services they need. Support is available from eligible GPs and other medical practitioners, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists. Eligible people can receive up to 10 individual and up to 10 group allied mental health services each year. Ask your GP for more information. You can also visit health.gov.au
Lifeline services are available for all Australians experiencing emotional distress with access to free 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing emotional distress and would like to access immediate support, contact Lifeline.
Lifeline phone support
Phone 13 11 14 Australia’s largest crisis support line. Anyone in Australia can speak to a trained Crisis Supporter over the phone, any time of the day or night 24 hours / 7 days.
Text 0477 13 11 14 Australia’s first SMS-based Crisis Support service, any person in Australia can receive support from a Crisis Supporter by text message, any time of the day or night 24 hours / 7 days.
Lifeline Online Chat
The online chat service is available for people who prefer to type than talk. Any person in Australia can chat with a Crisis Supporter through the Lifeline Australia website, any time of the day or night 24 hours / 7 days.