MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION
This page is designed to be a hub of information on all things Mental Health. Whether it is you who is struggling or someone you know, we want you to be informed and educated on Mental Health basics.
Provided below, we have several links to important information on Depression, Anxiety and other Mental Illnesses. If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Sarah Ward, Tim Chapman, Pat Clancey and James Ridley have completed Mental Health First Aid training and they are all happy to have a confidential chat to anyone who has any questions or needs some advice.
Asthma, Epilepsy, Depression and Anxiety are all treatable illnesses
So where do I go for help?
The Club has a Mental Health Fund which is available for anyone in the wider club community for the purpose of seeking help for mental health issues. This could involve seeing a Psychologist or Psychiatrist, travelling to and from appointments or any costs of medications not covered by Medicare. Access to this fund is completely anonymous. All you need to do is email your receipts to along with your bank details and you will be reimbursed. If you have any difficulties you can alternatively get in touch with Pat, Tim or Sarah to help with any questions relating to the fund and access to reimbursement.
Start by seeing your GP. The Better Access Scheme provides a Medicare Rebate for people with mental health problems to have therapy with a psychologist or psychiatrist. In order to take advantage of the scheme, the person seeking treatment needs to first see their GP to develop a Mental Health Treatment Plan which is a document the GP and patient work on together . It includes an assessment of mood, specific life difficulties and goals which may be achieveable within a set period of time. Up to 10 individual sessions per year can be subsidised by the Medicare Scheme
Lifeline is a phone service for short term support for people who are overwhelmed and having difficulty coping or staying safe. Give them a call on 13 11 14