How a public happy face can hide serious symptoms of Depression
With suicide rates at a 10 year high and a reported 25% increase in suicide between 2011 and 2015 (Australian Bureau of Statistics Catalogue 3303.0 Cause of Death in Australia 2015) we thought it important that we talk about depression and the supports available to people experiencing symptoms of depression.
Primary Health Networks (PHNs) can provide information on Psychological services and Psychologists available in your area. PHN’s have been established and funded by the Department of Health with the key objectives of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and improving coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time. They can also assist with access to free Psychological services under the Access to Allied Health Psychological Services (ATAPS)
Locally, the Central & Eastern Sydney PHN offer an online directory of health professionals in the region (https://www.cesphn.org.au/directories-search-form) and ATAPS.
The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit organisation and world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.
SANE Helpline 1800 18 7263
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