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You may recognise that you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health problem. This can include changes in a person's thinking, emotional state or behaviour, which can in turn affect their daily life. These changes may disrupt the person's ability to work or carry out their usual personal relationships – just like a physical illness would.
People are often too afraid to access services simply because they feel that they will be judged in a negative way by the people around them, or be treated according to the stigma that surrounds mental illness. This is unfortunate as effective treatments are available for mental illness, and you should always be treated with respect. Treatment and support provided in the early stages of illness can reduce symptoms and and improve quality of life.
You can also find GP practices by suburb through the National Health Services Directory at www.nhsd.com.au
A care plan prepared by a patient and GP which explains a person's mental health needs and goals, and outlines treatment options and support services to reach those goals.
While GPs may manage the treatment of an individual, under a Mental Health Care Plan, they may also decide to refer a person for psychological treatment with a mental health professional. These include psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists in mental health, mental health nurses, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Workers.