Mental Health is an important issue at all stages of life. Every year things seem to get more complicated with relationships, work, money and health concerns. We might be able cope most of the time. However, throw in an extra speed bump or two and we may need more support for our well being.
How can you get help?
If things are building up, don’t wait for things to get out of hand. There are some great on-line resources to help build good mental health that we all might benefit from. The following are from world-class organisations and can help you begin addressing concerns about your own or someone else’s mental health and well being.
- The Black Dog Institute and BeyondBlue provide a wealth of information about improving mental health and wellbeing.
- For our younger patients, headspace promotes well being and provides early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.
- Bite Back is the Black Dog’s first online positive psychology program designed to improve the overall wellbeing of young Australians between 13 and 16 years old.
- There are several apps to install on your mobile phone (or home computer) to help you practice stress reduction, anxiety and depressed mood. The ones on our Technology and Apps page are scientifically validated apps.
- Music has amazing calming and restorative effects. We play the following playlists to create a relaxing ambience
- Reydon Street Medical Centre believes in supporting artists and pays for its performing rights licence.
Mental Health and Well Being
Sleep (or more likely – insomnia)
Many people have problems sleeping. There are some online resources that might help at the SleepHub
If you access the link it will lead you through the core components of addressing insomnia
- Stimulus control– helps the brain realise that bed is for sleeping.
- Sleep restriction–involves matching the time you spend in bed with the time you are asleep.
- Relaxation training– to help practice skills to calm the mind for sleep and manage stress and anxiety during the day
- Cognitive therapy– to help restructure the negative thoughts about sleep that reduce sleep or the way you feel.
- Sleep hygiene– good habits, routines and winding down as bedtime approaches.
The SleepHub also produces a podcast called Sleep Talk to listen each month
How to help support someone you care for who has mental health issues.
We often feel helpless when someone we love needs our support with their mental health. We may feel we don’t know what do to or that we may make things worse. One of the key elements to caring for someone else is to look after yourself first. This means focusing on eating healthily, getting regular exercise each day, and sleeping. For more specific advice see these external resources:
- Support your Children who is self harming – Young MindsUK
- What not to do if a child is self harming – Dr Pooky Knightsmith
- #NoHarmDone | A Parent’s Journey | My Child Self-Harms | YoungMinds UK
- Self-harm and teenagers (suitable 12 -18 year olds) -From raisingchildren.net.au
Dr Pooky Knightsmith
A mum with a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry (UK) who is a child and adolescent mental health educator. She has a growing number of YouTube videos like the one below
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See your local GP at Reydon Street Medical Centre in Upper My Gravatt
If you feel you might need more help, or just to talk, our doctors are skilled at managing mental health problems for all ages. Reydon Street Medical Centre can refer you to a local, trusted psychologist where requested. We often assist our patients access rebates for psychology appointments from Medicare under the “Better access to mental health care”. Access more information and facts sheets here.
Are worried about suicidal thoughts in yourself or someone else?
- Suicide Call Back Service is a free telephone and online counselling support service. Call 1300 659 467 or on line at suicidecallbackservice.org.au
- Talk Suicide is a free self-referral support service for individuals, families and friends of those at risk of suicide – Call 1800 008 255.
- By ringing 1300 MH Call you can talk to some oe in the local South Brisbane Mental Health Team.
- In an Emergency call 000.