Acknowledging that you need help, and then seeking that help, can be an intimidating experience for many people. Couple that with confusion about how to navigate the mental health system, and the whole exercise can seem downright daunting.
But don't be discouraged. These simple steps aim to demystify the process, making it easier for you to access the help you need and focus on what really matters – you.
1. Give yourself some credit
Identifying that you need help takes a lot of courage. It can feel scary and overwhelming, but it is a big step toward improving your mental health and living the life you want. So, pause for a moment. Take a deep breath. Give yourself the credit you deserve for getting to this point.
2. Book an (extended) appointment with a GP
To get a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP), you will need to see a GP. Any GP can do this with you – you do not need to have a regular doctor. It is a common courtesy to make an extended appointment, as a standard appointment is typically not long enough to create a MHCP.
3. Speak with the GP about your mental health concerns
In your appointment, talk to the GP about the challenges you are experiencing. The GP will ask questions and determine your eligibility for a MHCP. There is no need to be nervous when discussing your mental health concerns with the GP – they have these conversations every day and are medically trained to identify the best course of action for you.
4. Book an appointment with a psychologist
Your GP may provide a referral to a psychologist, or you can tell the GP which psychologist you would like to see. You then simply book an appointment with the psychologist and bring your MHCP along with you on the day.
If you have any questions, or would like to know more, please get in touch today.