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When you or someone close to you is experiencing a mental health issue and needs support, an appointment with your GP is a good place to start.

Around half of us will experience a mental health issue at some stage in our lives.

Everybody feels down or sad at times. It’s important to seek help if these feelings are not going away.

Sharing these feelings and concerns openly gives your GP as much information as possible to help you get the support you need.

A good GP can:

  • provide support and brief counselling
  • check for any physical health problem or medication that may be contributing to the way you are feeling
  • make a diagnosis
  • provide information and discuss available treatments, taking your preferences into account
  • work with you to draw up a Mental Health Treatment Plan so you can get a Medicare rebate for psychological treatment
  • prescribe medication if appropriate
  • refer you to a mental health specialist such as a psychologist or psychiatrist
  • provide information and support to family members, if you agree
  • schedule regular appointments to check how you are going.

Before consulting a GP, it's important to ask the receptionist to book a longer or double appointment so there's plenty of time to discuss the situation without feeling rushed. If you aren't able to make a longer appointment, it's a good idea to raise the issue early in the consultation so there is plenty of time to discuss it.

Ideally, you should consult your regular GP or another GP in the same clinic because medical information is shared within a practice.

(Adapted from Beyond Blue)

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