Depression’s an illness and it’s an illness that often won’t get better by itself. It’s the same with anxiety. They’re illnesses that may make you feel overwhelmed, upset, angry, scared, unmotivated - the effects are different for different people. You might feel as if things will never improve, that there’s no way of getting through it.
The good news is that the help you need is out there. There are lots of services in the community that can give advice and suggest treatment options for mental health problems.
Places to get help
- Phone help lines and websites
If you need to talk to someone, find more information or find out where you can go to see someone, these numbers and websites may be helpful.
- Your local doctor (GP)
A General Practitioner (GP) is a doctor you can make an appointment to see if you’ve got a health problem. There are lots of GP clinics - some are in suburban streets, while others are in shopping centers or community health centres.
- Counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists
Information on the different types of health professionals and how to access them.
- Youth community services
Learn about the range of community-based services available.
- Education support services
Schools, universities, TAFEs and alternative education centres often have their own help services such as counsellors, chaplains and nurses.
- Your local hospital or health centre nearest to you.