DEPRESSION IS A SERIOUS ILLNESS…YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

If you are 1 of the 3 million Australians living with depression or anxiety right now, you need to know there are people that can help you.

It can be hard to seek assistance. Take baby steps. Your first step is to see your Doctor.

SEE YOUR DOCTOR! Depression is a SERIOUS ILLNESS. Talk to your doctor about what’s going on. Here’s an opening line if you need it, “Hi Dr ………. , I’ve been feeling a bit off/low and I think I need some help, someone to talk to.”
Sometimes admitting there is a problem is beyond frightening. Your doctor is there to help you physically and mentally.

GET A REFERRAL TO SEE A THERAPIST/COUNSELLOR/PSYCHOLOGIST/PSYCHIATRIST.
If money is an issue tell your Doctor. Medicare has put in place a program that will assist you. Ask your Doctor for a MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT PLAN. This will entitle you to FREE/REBATED sessions with a qualified practitioner.

The following Sutherland Shire Community Centres have Registered Psychologists/ Mental Health Practitioners who can HELP YOU:

SUTHERLAND COMMUNITY CENTRE
3A Stapleton Avenue Sutherland Phone 9521 8280

CARINGBAH WOMEN’S HEALTH INFORMATION CENTRE
346A The Kingsway Caringbah Phone 9525 2058

SUTHERLAND HOSPITAL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Phone 1800 011 511 or 9540 7800

LOCAL SUPPORT GROUPS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE…
GYMEA COMMUNITY AID hold an Anxiety & Depression peer led self help group. The group gathers on the 1st & 3rd Friday of every month. Please contact the centre for more details.
39 Gymea Bay Road Gymea Phone 9524 9559

If things have got to BREAKING POINT you can contact:
Acute Care Team, Sutherland Hospital Caringbah Phone 1800 011 511 to ask for assistance.
Also BEYOND BLUE are available on 1300 22 4636 DAY & NIGHT.
WWW.BEYONDBLUE.ORG.AU

[We’ll keep this updated regularly. If you would like to add something to this please contact the Editor at iammagazine@live.com.au ]

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