COVID-19 has challenged our lives in many different ways and in response the Federal Government has bolstered mental health and wellbeing services.
Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack is encouraging residents to access mental health support if they need it. “There is no doubt times are tough for many at the moment. It is important to get help – regional Australians are a resilient bunch but too often they shirk their own health and wellbeing. This message is also for our health professionals who are doing a magnificent job under great pressure. If you are feeling overwhelmed, please reach out for help.”
Patients with a Mental Health Treatment Plan can access Medicare rebates for up to 10 individual and 10 group allied mental health services per year with an appropriately qualified GP, psychologist, social worker or occupational therapist.
The Australian Government funds a range of organisations where people can raise concerns, whether they relate to COVID-19, the ongoing drought or the impact of the recent bushfires.
Further telephone and online support is available from:
• eheadspace call 1800 650 890 or chat online
• Beyond Blue call 1300 22 4636 or chat online
• Black Dog Institute online help
• SANE Australia call 1800 18 7263 or chat online
• This Way Up Clinic online courses
• MindSpot call 1800 61 44 34 or online screening.
• Pregnancy Birth Baby telephone, video call and online counselling for parents, call 1800 882 436
• My Aged Care call 1800 200 422
• Head to Health Government’s digital mental health gateway for information, advice, online counselling, treatment and crisis support.