If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, or having difficulty coping your first step is to contact your local GP for an appointment to talk things over.
All GPs have mental health training and are the health professional people see most often.
When book to see your GP, let the reception know that you want to book a double appointment. It will give you a more time to talk about what’s going on, and what might be the best treatment options for you.
Depending on your situation your GP may refer you to a psychologist, psychiatrist, counsellor, or other mental health practitioner. You can ask for a Mental Health Treatment Plan, which gives you access to subsidised or low-cost care.
Different types of mental health professionals work in the Augusta Margaret River Shire. In the next pages you will find a list of free and low cost mental health providers in our community. Not all of them need a referral from your GP. What is important is that you take steps today to make an appointment. Talking and connecting is the first step to taking care of your wellbeing.
Do you need help navigating all the different services in WA?
Peer Pathways can help you find the right supports for your mental and physical wellbeing.
Our Peer Navigators are available to speak with you during our operating hours of 9am–5pm, Monday – Friday (AWST). Call 08 9477 2809
CoMHWA’s Peer Navigators will assist you to find services that are right for your needs. Perhaps you are struggling to find a psychologist in a rural area? Maybe you need some additional support to find a dentist who understands your anxiety around having treatment? The Peer Pathways project aims to bridge these gaps and provide information, assistance and service navigation support.
The program will deliver tailored, holistic, person-centred support to all callers. The Peer Pathways Program is community based and builds on the pre-existing expertise in peer navigation, peer support, and resources of CoMHWA.