Finding a health professional to talk to
Sometimes it can feel like there's no-one you can talk to, but it's important to remember that you have other options outside your family and friends.
General practitioners, psychologists, doctors, or religious or community leaders can offer support, care and encouragement, as well as connecting you with the help you need. If you want to talk to someone anonymously, the Beyond Blue Support Service is available 24/7.
You can get support from health professionals without your parents'/guardians' permission. This does depend a little on your age, but in general if you are 14 years or older you can contact a psychologist or doctor without their knowledge or permission. Once you turn 15, you can get your own Medicare card. This means that your parents/guardians will not be able to track any services you use under Medicare.
If you see a health professional they will probably encourage you to involve your parents/guardians in some way – mostly so they can know how to support you. However, there will be times when involving your family is not helpful and the health professional will talk with you about this.
If you're unsure about how confidentially works with health professionals, talk about this when you first meet and ask them to explain your rights.
For more information about confidentiality and health professionals, check out page 32 of the Anxiety and depression in young people booklet.