It is normal for human beings to occasionally feel upset, angry, moody and stressed. However, for some, these feelings become overwhelming, and begin to interfere with the person’s ability to effectively carry out daily living and work tasks. It is at this stage that normal feelings and emotions become mental health problems, and we begin to health terms such as depression, anxiety, body image disorder, and a whole string of other mental health diagnoses.
Helping young people to overcome their mental health problems begins with understanding what the causes are. The causes may involve a mixture of family, interpersonal, environmental and biological causes.
Within the community, therapy is a form of assistance that may assist a young person with dealing with a mental health issue. This are normally carried out either individually, or in groups. Therapy often involves an awareness and education on the causes of the problem, followed by the teaching of appropriate skills to manage and cope. Many of the skills taught are skills for life. Whilst some therapies may be best carried out individually with the young person, there are also others which would benefit from the involvement of significant persons with the young person’s life. There are a mixture of health care professionals who may be in a position to assist the young person, these may include general practitioners, psychiatrists, paediatricians, psychologists, counselors, social workers and school guidance officers.
Accessing services can be done in a variety of ways. These can be via phone or via the young person’s local general practitioner. Assistance via phone involves counselling via the phone services. In other cases, appointments need to be arranged at health facilities for face-to-face appointments. All referrals, which involve accessing Medicare services within the community have to be done via a referral from a General Practitioner. Referrals can be made to a hospital, community or to a private health care provider. The list below provides links to various mental health services.
- Counselling services for anyone at anytime: Lifeline ( http://www.lifeline.org.au/) Phone 13 11 14
- Telephone counselling for young people aged 12-25: Kids Helpline ( http://www.kidshelp.com.au/). Phone 1800 55 1800
- Your local General Practitioner
- Young Person and Adult: Headspace: http://headspace.org.au/ Phone: 1800 650 890
- Young Person and Adult: Brisbane Minds: http://www.brisbanenorthphn.org.au/page/health-professionals/mental-health-services/brisbane-mind-services/ Phone: 07 – 3630 7339
- Finding Counselors: Contact the Australian Counselling Association (http://www.theaca.net.au/national_register.php) on 1300 784 333 to find a counsellor
- Finding Psychologists: Contact the Australian Psychological Society (http://www.psychology.org.au/FindaPsychologist/Default.aspx?ID=1204) on 1800 333 497 to find a psychologist
- Services for culturally and linguistically diverse people and communities. Harmony Place (http://www.harmonyplace.org.au/default.asp?contentID=616) Phone (07) 3848 1600
- Connects you to a mental health worker for information and support. MiNetworks (http://www.minetworks.org.au/) Phone 1800 985 944 or go online
- Support for family, friends and carers of people with mental illness. ARAFMI (http://www.arafmiqld.org/) Phone 1800 351 881
- Support, counselling and education for parents. Parentline (http://www.parentline.com.au/) Phone 1300 301 300
- Counselling and group programs for Australian veterans, peacekeepers and their families. Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (http://www.vvcs.gov.au/) Phone 1800 011 046
- Finding a Public Mental Health Service (Qld Health) (https://www.qld.gov.au/health/mental-health/help-lines/services/)
- Information, advice and referral for mental illness. SANE helpline (http://www.sane.org/ ) Phone 1800 187 263
- Information and referral for depression and anxiety: beyondblue (http://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support) Phone 1300 224 636
- Support, information and referral to mental health-related services. Mental Health Association of Queensland (http://www.mentalhealth.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=20&Itemid=32) Phone 1300 729 686