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More Australians seeking help for mental health issues

October 5, 2012

When it comes to mental health, Australians are believing that it’s good to talk.

Figures to SANE Australia’s helpline have increased 27% over the past year.  10,000 calls have been taken not just from those concerned about their own wellbeing, but about those of someone they know and love:

SANE says the helpline’s statistics show that Australians are concerned about their loved ones health, with almost half (42%) of all enquiries coming from people worried about the mental health of someone they know or care for.

It also revealed that one in five enquiries related to undiagnosed symptoms.

“Often there has been no diagnosis and people are seeking information, advice or encouragement to take the first and most important step of contacting a GP for help or assessment,” Heath said.

“Others need help to navigate the healthcare system, while some people require assistance to access housing or jobs, or require financial or legal advice.”

Reaching out over the phone is a great place to start, but there’s more you can do with in-person, face-to-face counselling.  With a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP, you are entitled to rebates from Medicare to see a psychologist for a certain number of sessions.

More information on how the system works is on our website.

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  1. October 5, 2012 6:25 pm

    …“Often there has been no diagnosis and people are seeking information, advice or encouragement to take the first and most important step of contacting a GP for help or assessment,” Heath said… I just think it is so amazing the work that you do, and having the right information, hubs and support systems is so important. I am trying to do my part to help alleviate stigma surrounding mental health and to spread the word of all the available support systems.

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