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How To Find Help For Your Mental Health

Everyone needs a little help sometimes.

Who do you turn to when you need help? Taking the first step in seeking help can be intimidating and sometimes terrifying, especially if you don't know where to start. BuzzFeed spoke with BeyondBlue's Research, Policy and Evaluation Leader Dr Stephen Carbone; Suicide Prevention Australia CEO, Susan Murray; and SANE Australia CEO, Jack Heath about how to find help if you're struggling with mental ill-health.

Taking the first step is tough.

Book a double appointment so you have time to speak to the GP about how you're feeling.

Do I have to pay to see a GP?

Do I need to see a counsellor if I’ve seen a GP?

Should I see a counsellor or a psychologist?

You can still access help even if you live in regional or remote parts of Australia.

Can I see a specific counsellor or a psychologist?

Your GP can refer you to a counsellor from their list. Or alternatively, if you already have someone in mind, they can refer you to that person as long as they are listed with Medicare.

What if I don’t like the psychologist I’ve been referred to?

Remember: asking for help is not a sign of weakness.

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