Good mental health is a state of wellbeing that enables you to deal with what life throws at you. It is about feeling resilient, enjoying life and being able to connect with others.
The overall impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing and isolation have increased symptoms of a mental illness leaving many feeling anxious, stressed and worried. A mental health care plan is the first step to getting your mental health back on track, post-COVID-19.
Good mental health helps you:
Symptoms of mental illness may include:
Almost half of all Australians will face mental illness during their lives
There are many factors that may contribute to a person experiencing a mental illness including:
A mental health care plan is a support plan that a general practitioner gives when a patient is experiencing symptoms relating to mental illness. It states the diagnosis, outlines the treatment plan and goals, and enables the patient to access Medicare rebates for Psychology, Therapy and Counselling services for up to 10 individual appointments or group sessions.
The Better Access Initiative is part of the care plan that is available for one year for people diagnosed with a mental disorder and aims to help manage symptoms and outline strategies and medications.