DO YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEED HELP?
Are YOU struggling? Despite what you may think, you are not alone, we all have good and bad days. Then there are those days when everything seems a bit too much. No matter who you are, whatever it may be, at LIVIN we know first-hand how speaking up can help you to start feeling better again. Needing support does not mean you are weak, it does not mean that you are crazy, a psycho, a weirdo, it is actually a very human thing to need the support of others every now and then. So, let’s start looking at things a little differently, a little more realistically, ‘It Ain’t Weak to Speak’, in fact it takes a hell of a lot of ticker to ‘Speak Up’.
If you or someone you know is having one of those days when everything seems a bit too much, follow the steps below to start feeling like you’re LIVIN again!
Emergency Support: If you or someone you know are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000.
Suicide and Crisis Support: To talk to someone RIGHT NOW contact:
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
- Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800
In an emergency, you can also visit your local hospital’s emergency department.
Please note that the information in this section (or anywhere on this site) is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, so please see a qualified health provider if you have any health concerns.
We all have good and bad days. Then there are those days when everything seems a bit too much. The following is a list of the symptoms that may be experienced by someone with mental health issues.
- Lowered self-esteem
- Change in sleep patterns
- Change in mood control
- Varying emotions throughout the day
- Change in appetite and weight
- Reduced ability to enjoy things
- Reduced ability to tolerate pain
- Reduced sex drive
- Suicidal thoughts
- Impaired concentration and memory
- Loss of motivation and drive
- Increase in fatigue
- Being out of touch with reality.
If you are experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, or you do not feel like your usual self and this is causing you personal distress and/ or preventing you from doing the things you would normally do, then please contact a professional, at least for a quick chat so they can see how you are doing. You do not need to be fighting this battle alone!
Helping someone else: It can be hard to know what to do when supporting someone that is in a mentally bad way. Our information is aimed at helping mates and family support their loved ones and take care of themselves too.
If you are worried about a family member or close mate here are some suggestions for what to do:
- Let them know you care and want to support them.
- Suggest that speaking to someone they feel comfortable with, their GP or other mental health professional, may help them feel better.
- Offer assistance (e.g. find someone they trust talking with and make the appointment or arrange the meeting).
Online resources containing tips on how to start a conversation with someone you are concerned about have been developed by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health. Visit the Conversations Matter website.
Step 1: A great place to start in getting help is to utilise the people around you, your social supports. People often underestimate how valuable it can be speaking with a family member, their mates, their colleagues at work. We know it’s easier said than done, but ‘Speak Up’; simply talking to someone you know and trust can be very therapeutic.
Step 2: If you think what you are going through is a little beyond the expertise of your social supports, go and speak with your local general practitioner (GP). Your GP will have a good chat with you and, if need be, refer you to someone such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, counsellor or social worker.
Step 3: If you know you would like to speak with a mental health professional (e.g. psychiatrist, psychologist or counsellor), you will need a referral from your GP. In the same way you can get a Medicare benefit when you see a doctor, you can also get part or all of the consultation fees subsidised when you see certain mental health professionals for treatment of mental health issues.
Importantly, if you do not feel like you are connecting with your treating mental health professional over a period of time, politely request to speak with someone else. It is very important that you give yourself time to find the right fit for you. Don’t give up, sometimes the right fit can take a little bit of time – like a comfy pair of shoes, sometimes you need to try a couple on before you find the right fit for you.
A support group is a small group of people with a particular condition, such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder, who meet regularly to discuss their experiences, their problems and strategies for coping. Some support groups meet online.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Research shows that hearing from and sharing with others your experiences can be very helpful. A support group can provide the following gains:
- show you that you are not alone
- help develop new skills in relating to others
- permit you to ‘open up’ and discuss your situation and feelings
- give practical skills and advice – such as how to draw up and stick to a treatment plan
- provide new coping strategies – share your solutions and learn from others’ experience
- offer a safe place to sound off about frustrations of living with a disorder
- supply strategies for managing any stigma associated with your disorder
- strengthen motivation to stick with a treatment plan.
SUPPORT GROUPS ALSO EXIST FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS of those experiencing mental health issues.
For more information on support groups run by qualified psychologists for people living with depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety visit: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/getting-help/clinics-support-groups/our-support-groups
FIND A PROFESSIONAL
FIND A MEDICAL OR ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL IN YOUR LOCAL AREA
FIND A PROFESSIONAL
Directory of medical and allied health practitioners in mental health.
This directory is designed to help you find a medical or allied health professional in your local area who can help to diagnose, treat and manage your depression and/or anxiety.
Please note, this directory is not an endorsement of the health professionals listed or the services they provide. The health professionals who appear on the directory are those who have chosen to provide us with their details. We are not responsible for keeping the information up to date, although we make regular requests for listed health practitioners to do so.
TIPS & TRICKS
THINGS TO DO TO STAY WELL.
There are simple things you can do to stay on top of your Mental Health. We have outlined some of our favourites in our LIVINWell Tips & Tricks Sheet.
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