Though we all have bad periods in our lives sometimes we just need a little support to move forward.
Seeking professional support can be the step in the right direction.
Making an appointment with your family/local GP can be daunting and it’s common to feel anxious about asking
for some mental health support so here are some tips for opening up the conversation.
1 Before the appointment, it may be useful to write down what you want to talk about (i.e. symptoms)
2 Think about taking someone with you (i.e. Family/Friend) to support you during the appointment.
They may come in with you or wait outside.
3 Be open and honest so the GP can get the full picture of your health
4. Ask questions.
• What am I experiencing?
• What can I do to help myself?
• What are all of my options?
• What options are best for me?
• When will I return to feeling normal?
5. Ask about the Mental Health Referral Plan
Opening up about how you are feeling can be challenging and confronting but GP’s are trained to deal with sensitive issues in a supportive way.
Remember that the treatment/support given may need adjusting so don’t be afraid to revisit the GP and request something different
There is support available if you need help:
@lifelineaustralia ~ 13 11 14
text 0488 807 266
Support Pathways at @lovemeloveyoufoundation
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