I am seeking support
Realising you may need support for a mental health condition is a big step on the path to recovery.
You may have been concerned about an aspect of your emotions for some time or it may be a relatively new feeling or issue. It might be helpful to learn more about some of the common mental health conditions, as well as explore some of the treatment options available near you.
At St John of God Health Care we offer support for a number of mental health conditions including:
How to seek help
The first step in seeking help for a mental health condition is to speak to your general practitioner (GP) about how you are feeling or any changes you are concerned about. To access one of our mental health treatment programs you will need a referral letter from your GP, (and in the case of some of our services, a Mental Health Treatment Plan) but they will also be able to make an assessment and suggest the most suitable option for you.
What to expect
At St John of God Health Care we will support you and provide the best treatment options specific to your mental health condition, to assist with your recovery. We always put you at the centre of our care.
You may be admitted to hospital where you will stay overnight for a period of time to complete your therapy program. During your hospital stay you will be provided with a variety of supports to help address your condition. This could include medications, group therapy, access to a range of specialist mental health professionals and an opportunity to rest and focus on your wellbeing away from the outside world.
Treatment programs may include appointments at a hospital or clinic location and you may meet individually with a clinician or with others as part of a group therapy. This option may be offered at the completion of an in-hospital stay or for those with low to mild symptoms. It allows you to continue with your normal life with routine support to help you manage your emotions.
Individual and group counselling sessions are available free of charge through St John of God Social Outreach. These sessions are located in central locations within communities and are not attached to a hospital.
Engaging a private psychiatrist can be a preferred option for some people as they receive care from the same experienced doctor on a short or long term basis.
Do I have to tell anyone about my condition?
No, choosing to speak about your emotional wellbeing and mental health is your decision and you should not feel pressured to speak out. However, some people find it helpful to talk about their emotions as it can help you better understand your feelings and allow others to provide additional support.
How long will it take to recover?
Everyone is different and the amount of time you need to recover is individual to your needs. Some people recover quickly while others take the tools they learn during their treatment and continue to manage their condition for a period of time.
What are the facilities like?
St John of God Health Care has a range of facilities and community-based services in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. View our locations for more information.
Do I have to take medication to manage my condition?
Taking medication can be a helpful tool to manage your condition while you develop tools to assist in the long term. The use of medication will depend on your condition and your doctors will work with you to suggest the best option for you.
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