Mental Health

Erskineville Doctors

Your GP is a good person to talk to if you are feeling upset, sad, anxious, panicky, distressed or depressed. Your doctor can assess your mental state, help you with a plan to manage your emotions and make any necessary referrals.

If you are planning to talk to your GP about mental health issues it is best to book a long appointment to give adequate time to care for you properly. In some situations we may suggest a follow up appointment to check on your welfare and complete any referrals.

Medicare can provide rebates to eligible patients with for counselling with a psychologist for specific mental health problems. To access these rebates you will need to see you GP for a long appointment for an assessment and mental health plan, which can include a referral to a psychologist. Depending our your situation, your doctor might need 2 appointments to complete this plan and referral.

Psychologist fees are usually higher that the Medicare rebate so you will have a gap payment. Your private health insurance might also pay rebates for psychology.

Under Medicare rules, we need to see you for review after 6 sessions with a psychologist to refer you for further counselling sessions. These referrals cannot be a phone request.

Telephone support
Lifeline 13 11 14
beyondblue 1300 22 4636
Kid’s line 1800 55 1800
Men’s Line 1300 78 99 78
Perinatal (Pregnancy and Postnatal ) 1300 725 9978 (Mon – Fri)

Some useful websites for your mental health

General information
Black Dog Institute
Beyond Blue

Meditation and exercise:
Smiling Mind
Fact Sheet about exercise
Meditation app
App to help with paced breathing

Online counselling sites:
My Compass  (Black Dog Institute)
On Track
This Way up
Mood Gym (ANU)

SHUTi (Black Dog Institute)
Sleep Shack (Woolcock Institute)
Meditation app

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression
Mental Health checklist
Dad’s website

Drugs & Alcohol
Information for young people
List of resources: CESPHN  
Hello Sunday Morning Online community to support reducing alcohol intake
Online program – ON TRack counselling program
I’m Done Drinking app to help you stay on track