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Regardless of age, gender and life experiences, mental health issues can affect anyone. If you are currently struggling with your mental health, your trusted GP is a place to start; they can understand the symptoms you are experiencing and help develop treatment options.

If you are experiencing mental health issues, asking for help from your GP can majorly improve your situation and begin the process of recovery.

When visiting your GP for mental health issues, they will assess your current condition and provide personalised and comprehensive advice and treatment options. This can range from wellness-focused changes such as managing stress, sleep and work/life balance to the introduction of medication or therapy to help you.

Common mental health conditions in patients may include:

  • anxiety
  • depression and insomnia
  • suicide prevention
  • self-harm and self-injury
  • phobias like flight or social anxiety
  • pregnancy and early parenthood
  • low immune system
  • stress management
  • grief and loss.

In some cases, your doctor may recommend seeking the support and consultation of a mental health specialist such as a psychologist, therapist or occupational therapist. For your convenience, many of these specialists operate from within your local Better Medical clinic, making them accessible and working alongside your trusted GP.

Bulk Billed Health Care Plans for Patients With Depression

A mental health care plan may include access to a private psychologist, therapist, social worker, or mental health nurse. Sessions with any mental health professional (except private Psychiatrists) can be bulk billed and can include 10 ‘free’ sessions with healthcare professionals that are private and personalised for your own needs.

When discussing your mental health with your GP, your doctor can advise you on mental health care plans and whether they can help your situation.

Mental Health Treatment Near Me

If you would like to make an appointment to see your trusted GP to discuss any mental health concerns, you can book online or call your nearest clinic.

If you need more immediate support right now, there are also organisations that offer free help and advice, such as Beyond Blue (call 1300 22 4636) or Lifeline (call 13 11 14). For more helplines and services, click here.