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[CHAT] The future of getting help - what would you do?

Most of us here on the forums are pretty mental health aware and may have experienced a mental health difficulty ourselves or supported someone we love.

 

We’re probably also very aware of stigma - not just about mental ill-health but even the act of getting help. The fact still remains that they majority of people struggle to get the help they need. And for us here at ReachOut.com it's just not good enough.

 

So, ReachOut recently had a look into this issue and the Crossroads Report is the results. We identified that just under half of all adults in Australia will have struggled with a mental health issue in their lifetime, but also that only half of those receive help.

 

It's shocking - however the good news is that the report also presents some ways we could change this and find a better path forward.  

 

Here's the low down:

The ‘Crossroads - Rethinking the Australian Mental Health System’ report was released by  ReachOut.com by Inspire Foundation in March. The report shows that if the mental health system in Australia was to be maintained that it would cost Australia an additional $9 billion over 15 years to provide an extra 8,800 mental health professionals to ensure Australians, especially young people, receive the help they need. The reports strongest highlight is the need for urgent changes to our current mental health system. Some possibilities for changes include looking how it can become a true 21st century model and include a strong focus on things such as online services and self-help.

 

 

 

In a community as diverse as ours here on the forums we’re bound to all have different experiences and opinions surrounding the mental health system across Australia in our local communities. We know the highs and the lows of help seeking. I know I saw a range of different psychologists before I found one that worked for me. I also tried Kids Help Line and used ReachOut.com to read factsheets and chat to other young people. 

 

Some have lots of accessible help options, whilst others have a limited options when it comes to reaching out. That’s why it’s important to make a range of online self-help and peer support resources more accessible - increasing the mental health knowledge of all Australians and at the same time ensure that funding exists to get real-time help to all those who need it. Unpinning all of this is a focus on prevention and early intervention - a focus on maintaining wellbeing and getting people help early to avoid becoming mentally unwell.

 

On Monday night (14th April) at 8pm AEST, we want to hear what it's like for someone like you to get help - what you think works well and what could be better. Tell us about what you would do if you controlled the mental system and how you'd like to change the world!

 

See you right here!

Re: [CHAT] The future of getting help - what would you do?

Happy Monday awesome people

 

Welcome to tonight's Getting Real session!!! Tonight Lightuptheworld and I will be co-faciliating. We are discussing the mental health system and what works, what doesn’t and what you would change if you had the opportunity.

 

We would love to hear your opinions and stories on this topic and hopefully build a better mental health system; it does start by talking about it. So thank you all for joining us tonight.

  

As you all know, it is important to keep to the forum guidelines and have a read if you haven't already and if at any time you need to talk check the emergency tab at the top right.

 

So to start us off tonight:

What do you value in our mental health system? What works well?

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**Believe in the power of you because you are your own hero**

Re: [CHAT] The future of getting help - what would you do?

Hi everyone! Smiley Happy 

Re: [CHAT] The future of getting help - what would you do?

Evening all.

 

I think there are a few things that work well and we have come a long way so we should certainly acknowledge that.

 

We have a good mix now of telephone, online and face to face services - yes we may need more but we have moved and adjusted with the times - which has a great impact.

 

I think lots of workplaces having an employee asssistant program acknowledges that mental health is as serious as physical health and gives employees (especially young people) an avenue to provide free confidential help.

 

Having specific services for young people, elderly, men and women (yes we need more) I think is something that really helps people taking the first step.

 

Looking forward to the discussion!

 

Re: [CHAT] The future of getting help - what would you do?

It's hard to say what works generally... As there are a lot of individual differences in the care recieved by professionals.

 

I think the online services are great, whethere its just info based, or e-counselling is really a step forward in mental health care. I think the phone services need more funding and a lot more people on the other end to answer calls!

Re: [CHAT] The future of getting help - what would you do?

Welcome @Hails
I absolutely agree with that the good mix of services cater to everyone which is so important.
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Re: [CHAT] The future of getting help - what would you do?

Welcome @Perspicacious
Yes more funding is needed, there are so many calls that go unanswered which is a real shame.
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Re: [CHAT] The future of getting help - what would you do?

Hi Everyone,

 

I value that people seem to be becoming more aware and accepting of mental health issues. I think that the awareness campaigns such as RU ok Day allow people to get talking about mental health issues.

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What do you value in our mental health system? What works well?

 

I value that there is an increasing level of access and that especially online help is available for things such as crisis support and self harm, eating disorders and even just everyday life stuff. I think health professionals are also becoming more educated on mental health issues and that's also helping people get the right or at least more suitable treatments. There's also more outlets for young people such as ReachOut then there was for past generations. I also like, even though it could be better. the Better Acess system where you can get 10 sessions with a psychologist bulk billed or at least subsidised if you have an mental health treatment plan. 

Re: [CHAT] The future of getting help - what would you do?

Hi guys!

What do you value in our mental health system? What works well?

I like the medicare-funded psychologist visits (I use them and they work great for me). I know that sometimes they are not enough for some people though. I also agree with Hails about the range of services available (e.g. on-line and telephone in addition to face-to-face). I also really like the amount (and diversity) of youth services that are around. I also like the PHAMS service (personal helpers and mentors) - I haven't used this myself but have seen it used by others and I think it works well.