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MHCNSW Consultation: tell us how it is

 

Live discussion happened 8pm Tue 5th Nov 2013, but you can continue to answer the questions for the next 2 days! Here they are:

1. Have you ever tried to get help from a youth service or another health professional? What was that like? (it could be a service at school; or for physical health, mental health, sexual health or a doctor or counsellor)

 

2. Think about a time when you were facing an issue and you felt very supported and not alone. Who helped you and why was it so positive? (was it family, friends, mentor, health professional etc)

 

3. Have you ever felt really unsupported or alone with your problems? Who made you feel unsupported and why? (Again, it could be services, friends, family etc)

 

4. Imagine there were no issues like money, waiting lists, distance or access to technology. If you were going to seek help or support for something, what would you want that process to be like in an ideal world?

 

Hit reply to have your say!

 

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ReachOut.com

Re: MHCNSW Consultation: tell us how it is

Have you ever taken part in an online forum discussion before?? Here's a run down of what to expect.

 

- Join us right here at 8pm, and we'll open up the forum (it's currently locked for posting).

- Keep hitting refresh on your browser to see the new posts that come up (old schjool!!)

- We'll post up all the info you will need plus over the course of the hour post up 4 questions for you to answer.

- Got questions? Anything not making sense or not working? Email hello@reachout.com

 

See you tonight!

Online Community Manager

ReachOut.com

Re: MHCNSW Consultation: tell us how it is

Hello change-makers!! We are really stoked to have been asked by the NSW Mental Health Commission to talk to 14-25 year olds across NSW so that their ideas can be included in their strategic plan for the next few years.

 

Tonight, we’ll be asking four questions to try and find out what you think about getting help in NSW and how it could be better! There are no wrong or silly answers and the more you can tell us, the better! Tell us everything!

 

I’ll be co-facilitating tonight with Rosie, as well as youth moderator, Gail! If you have any questions about how this works, post it here.

 

If at any stage you feel overwhelmed or upset by anything that happens in the discussion, know you can always have a chat with the legends at Kids Helpline (webchat or 1800 55 1800).

 

As always, please take note of the guidelines that help everyone feel safe & supported here: stay anonymous; no linking to other campaigns without permission and no descriptions of self-harm, suicide or abuse that might be triggering to others. There’s more guidelines, read them here.

 

OK, so to kick things off tonight here is the first question:

Have you ever tried to get help from a youth service or another health professional? What was that like? (it could be a service at school; or for physical health, mental health, sexual health or a doctor or counsellor)

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ReachOut.com

Re: MHCNSW Consultation: tell us how it is

Have you ever tried to get help from a youth service or another health professional? What was that like? (it could be a service at school; or for physical health, mental health, sexual health or a doctor or counsellor)

 

Yes I have. Most of the times it was helpful, but only when you talked to them. It took time for me to trust them.

 

What didn't work and really ruined the trust was when psychologists have to move on. I was subsequently referred to their colleagues which was like starting from scratch again. Some therapist I just knew from the start, I just could not connect with. So, it's finding the therapist with the right personality, method of treatment and at one point, compatable ethnic background as you.

Re: MHCNSW Consultation: tell us how it is

Have you ever tried to get help from a youth service or another health professional? What was that like? (it could be a service at school; or for physical health, mental health, sexual health or a doctor or counsellor)

 

Yep. I first got help through my school counsellor, which was pretty scary for me. I hadn't wanted to see her and was pulled out of class one day, in a way which meant everyone in my class knew where I was going. I saw her a number of times before I opened up to her, and she ended up referring me to the local community mental health team. Seeing them was scary at first too, but they organised to meet me around school hours and in parks, cafes etc, which made it a lot easier. I've seen loads of doctors too, which I always get a bit anxious about but is usually okay in the end!

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Hi Doris! Thanks for coming along... so youve had lots of positive experiences when you felt you trusted the organisations but was difficult when psychologists have to move on?

In your experience, why do the psychologists have to move on? Are they changing jobs or was it that you had to move on from a child service to an adult service???

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ReachOut.com

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When I was in school I regularly saw the school counsellor. I was then told to see a GP, who connected me with a psychologist and youth team. I was then admitted to a adolescent hospital which really helped over a long period of time. All of the people I saw in the youth team were so understanding. It seems they really wanted me to get better, and they helped my family understand how severe my depression and anxiety was and how to respond to it. Unfortunately when I turned 18 I got passed on to adult services, and it seems like it isn't as hopeful as a lot of the services are understaffed and only really see severe mental health issues which is fair for them, but for someone who suffers a really bad depression, it kind of hurts too. I have a great GP and psychologist now, but it took me a year to find someone who actually had time to see me. 

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Hey Gail - wow being pulled out of class that is an interesting test of confidentiality!

Sounds flexibility was the key to your good experiences

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ReachOut.com

Re: MHCNSW Consultation: tell us how it is

Have you ever tried to get help from a youth service or another health professional? What was that like? (it could be a service at school; or for physical health, mental health, sexual health or a doctor or counsellor)

 


Yes I have tried on teo occasinons. I have been to the school counsellors on a number of occasions and they were TERRIBLE! They didn't help and onle made my mental health worse. I am also in the process of being diagnosed and going to counselling for depression and that has been going really good, I have only been to the GP and have an another appointment in a week. But i am really happy with the experience so far!