There is this weird misconception that we need a GP referral to go and see a mental health professional. Another misconception is that the "mental health system" is overloaded, and that wait times of up to 6 months exist. And a third misconception is that going through the GP is "cheaper" than seeing a mental health professional privately.
This. Is. Just. Not. True. Not for counsellors and psychotherapists, anyway.
You can see me (and many of my colleagues) within a week; heck, potentially even tomorrow. Without a referral. And you can see us affordably. Often more affordably than seeing a GP referred mental health professional, even with the Medicare rebate included! It's just an odd set of misconceptions.
And often your employer will offer Employee Assistance Programs, through which you could speak with a mental health professional as well, FAST!
Please don't fall for them. When you need mental health assistance NOW, contact me or my colleagues. You can find them on the ACA and PACFA websites (which are our governing bodies):
I've been honoured to run a number of live and Zoom workshops around R U OK day -which is today!
The philosophy has changed over the years since 2009 from "having a conversation that can SAVE a life" to "having a conversation that can CHANGE a life". And ideally we ask people we are concerned about that question EVERY day, rather than once per year.
R U OK? is a suicide prevention charity encouraging Australians to start life-changing conversations, when they're needed most. Four simple steps guide you to ask "Are you OK?", and help someone in ne...