It is very important if you are bereaved, experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts to seek the help of a medical professional who can help you. Seeing a GP is your first step.

  • Make an appointment to see your General Practitioner. Let them know how you are feeling and that you need support. Your GP will arrange for a Mental Health Plan to be done.
  • A Mental Health Plan is done where your GP discusses with you areas that are of concern and how they can help you to address your issues with a counsellor/trained Psychologist. Having a Mental Health Plan done takes approximately 45 minutes. It is confidential and allows you to access a professional who will work with you over a number of sessions.
  • Once you have had a Mental Health Plan done, usually your GP will provide you with a list of Counsellors who are skilled in the area of counselling. There are a number of sessions that are provided and the cost of these sessions are minimised or eliminated totally dependent on your financial circumstances. People who have attended these sessions tell us that this has been invaluable in their healing.

We cannot encourage you enough to take these steps.

The following link may be of help to people trying to locate organisations that specialise in mental health areas and has been developed through Ballarat District Group Practitioners. Click on this link to access information.

http://directory.bddgp.org.au/services.php?category_type_id_fk=8&category_view=true.