What our Panel said about mental health... May 2017

This month, our Consumer Health Panel was invited to provide feedback on experiences in seeking help for mental or emotional illness.

Responses showed that 80% of the panel had sought help for either themselves or a member of their family, with the vast majority indicating this was via their GP (64%) or community services (14%).

Information provided on options for help available include:

Alarmingly, 57% of people indicated they had problems getting the right help when needed. Some of the barriers experienced included waiting time (26%) and cost (21%), while others said they were not aware of what was available (11%) and not sure where to go to get help (11%).

COORDINARE, as the South Eastern NSW PHN, has just made an announcement of more than $4.3 million in funding to improve access to mental health and suicide prevention services for people who live in the region.

This new service mix will provide services targeted specifically at those most in need in the region, and include suicide prevention after care support, enhanced peer workforce, new models of service delivery, and more flexible service options.

Local consumers and carers will benefit greatly from the more tailored treatment options, especially those most in need. The new services will also complement existing services in the region, and ensure more people in our region can access the right care that meets their particular needs.

To find out more about this announcement, see our media release.

To access a list of eMental Health resources click here.

Need help?

Your GP should be your first point of contact or there are a range of crisis services you can access if you need urgent care including Lifeline (13 11 14) or Beyondblue Support Service (1300 224 636). For other useful helpline services please click here.