Seeking Psychological support… World Mental Health Awareness


When and why should you seek Psychological support ?

Do you know that one in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year; with almost half (45%) of us likely to experience a mental illness in our lifetime? [1] The most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorder; with these often occurring in combination [1].  It is however more frightening to know that approximately 54% of those with mental illness do not access any form of treatment [1].

When should you seek Psychological support?

Psychological treatment may be beneficial if you experience the following:

    • Mental health concerns such as Anxiety or Depression
    • Feeling overwhelmed by life’s stressors
    • Grief and loss – such as losing a loved one, a job, or experiencing an injury
    • Can’t seem to find pleasure in the things you usually enjoy
    • Undergone trauma in aspects of your life
    • Difficulties in personal relationships
    • Work related concerns or stress
    • Unable to be positive about anything
    • Feeling a sense of panic and worry without good reason
    • Addiction
    • Chronic pain
    • Struggling to make decisions (big or small)
    • Low self-worth and self-esteem
    • Uncontrollable anger
    • Trouble adjusting to life changes
    • If you are worried about safety, self-harm or suicidal thoughts


However, support is not limited to periods in life when you have concerns or “things are going wrong”. Seeing a Psychologist may also be beneficial for self-growth and development if you find yourself wanting to:

    • Build life skills including communication, assertiveness, and boundary setting
    • Improve your insight into self
    • Unsure about vocational direction or may be preparing for a career change
    • Gain clearer perspectives on life and how to set life goals that align with your values and beliefs
    • Prepare for new phases of life such as becoming a parent or retirement.
    • Strengthen and improve interpersonal relationships
    • Build resilience and implement effective coping strategies


Chat to your GP today if you have would like to consult with one of our Psychologists and he / she may provide you with a Mental Health Care Plan referral. Once you obtain a Mental Health Care Plan, the Government (through Medicare) will help subsidise up to ten treatment sessions (per calendar year) with a Psychologist.

If you are in crisis please call Lifeline on 131 114 or your local hospital emergency department. In the case of an emergency, please dial 000.



Bianca Sabbah


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2009). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 4326.0, 2007. ABS: Canberra