Mental Health Services
Mental Health and doctors
When people develop a mental illness they are often embarrassed to seek professional help for fear that the professional will think negatively about them or people will find out about it.
There is a variety of professionals who can provide help to a person with a mental illness and usually seeing the local doctor is a great place to start.
A doctor can recognise symptoms of a mental illness developing and will go through a mental health assessment process to determine whether a mental health care plan is needed.
Then the doctor can provide the following types of help:
- Explain about mental illnesses and how the person can best be helped
- Look for a possible physical cure
- Prescribe medication if needed
- Refer the person onto a psychologist or psychiatrist
- Link the person into community supports.
If you don’t have a local doctor then the local community health centre or public hospital are the next places that can help.
Mental Health - Phone numbers and links
If there is a mental health emergency call 000 or 112 from a mobile.
If you need help or need someone to talk to right now call:
Kids help line 1800551800
Another useful option to help you help a friend who might be struggling- look at Youth Beyond blues new app- Check-in
If you would like more information and to check out further options try these links: