Mental Health

Your mental health and wellbeing - (Department of Health & Ageing)

Mental illness is common. About one in five Australians will experience a mental illness in any given year. Almost half will experience a mental illness at some stage in their lives.

For many people, talking to a GP is the first step towards getting help. Your GP is interested in your mental health and wellbeing.

Each year around three-quarters of a million Australians seek help from a GP for a mental illness.

If you feel you might need help to improve your mental health and wellbeing, you should talk to a GP.

There is a range of mental health services available, depending on your needs.


How can a general practitioner (GP) help?

A visit to a GP should be your first step in seeking help with your problem.

Your GP can discuss any concerns you have and give you advice on what to do next.

After you discuss your problem, your GP may:

  • diagnose you with a physical condition
  • refer you to a community-based service
  • refer you to a mental health specialist for assessment and/or treatment or
  • advise you to continue seeing your GP for ongoing support and/or treatment

Your GP may assess you as having a mental illness, and suggest that you will benefit from a GP mental health treatment plan.

Developing a GP mental health treatment plan allows you and your GP to talk about the mental health problems you are having