You’re not alone. We all have tough days, the ups and downs of life, eh? At LIVIN, we believe in the power of speaking up to feel better. Talking about what’s going on helps. Seeking support and finding that shoulder to lean on doesn’t make you weak or crazy; it’s a human need. Let’s change our perspective: “It Ain’t Weak to Speak.”
Utilise your support network.
Reach out to the people around you: family, friends, and colleagues. Don’t underestimate the value of speaking with someone you trust. Speak up! Opening up to a familiar face, a trusted ally can be incredibly helpful.
Book an appointment with your GP/ Doctor:
If you feel that your struggles go beyond the support network you have or if you’re seeking more ‘profesh’ assistance, it’s worth consulting a GP. Keep in mind that the level of experience in mental health support can vary among GPs, but don’t let that discourage you. Many GPs are willing to have an insightful conversation with you, and if necessary, they can ALL provide referrals through a Mental Health Treatment Plan (ask them directly about this) to professionals such as psychologists.
Just like you can receive Medicare benefits when visiting a doctor, certain mental health professionals offer subsidised consultation fees for the treatment of mental health issues. With a Mental Health Treatment Plan from your doctor, you can access partial or full fee subsidies, making mental health care more affordable and accessible.
Reach out to a mental health professional directly:
If you’re not too worried about subsidised support, another option is to reach out to a mental health professional directly. Maybe you’ve received a solid recommendation from a friend or family member, or perhaps you’re finding it challenging to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Choose the process that feels most comfortable and affordable to you, ensuring you get the efficient support you need.
Find your fit:
If you don’t feel a connection with your mental health professional over time, kindly ask to see someone else. It’s crucial to give yourself the time to find the right fit. Don’t give up! Like finding comfy shoes, it may take a few tries before you discover the best fit for you.
Finding a health professional:
If you’re feeling lost and unsure how to find a health professional to reach out to, check out the following link. It provides a convenient way to locate doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and more based on their location and availability. To keep things simple, if you’re looking for mental health support, a psychologist is a great person to start with.
Take control of your mental health and well-being:
Besides seeking professional help, there are plenty of things you can do to take care of your mental health. It all begins with being aware of these strategies and making a plan. And hey, don’t underestimate the basics! They can make a world of difference.
Thinking about suicide or in the midst of a crisis? Get on top of things now!
Lifeline: 13 11 14 – Lifeline is just one call away and available 24/7.
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 – for a helping hand in times of crisis, available 24/7.
In emergency situations involving things like suicide, self-harm, homicide, don’t mess around, call Triple Zero (000) for immediate assistance.
1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness each year. Many suffer in silence due to the stigma and lack of education around mental health. LIVIN is helping change this. Each flag represents where we have delivered our LIVINWell In School program. Help us fill the map and spread the word that “It ain’t weak to speak”.