Dealing with Depression
We all feel sad and gloomy at times, however some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes for no apparent reason. Depression isn’t just feeling down now and then– it's a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health. If you are struggling with feelings of ongoing depression, it is important that you seek help ASAP. A GP can provide appropriate advice, strategies and medication (if needed). A GP can also provide you with a Mental Health Plan which lets you claim up to 20 sessions with a psychologist or mental health social worker each calendar year: If they bulk bill you won’t have to pay anything. Or you will be charged the Medicare gap which is normally a lot cheaper than the full fee. https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/whats-covered-medicare/mental-health-care-and-medicare
Click on the following links for further information and help about coping with depression:
Understanding Depression and Anxiety
Learning Coping Skills for Depression
Self-Management Strategies For Depression
Beyond Blue: Signs and Symptoms
Online support for depression
Online treatment programs for depression
Mindspot is a free online treatment program focusing on anxiety and depression.
This way up involves a small fee.
Mental health online is a therapist supported program.
Moodgym is free.
ECouch is a self-help interactive program with a module for depression.
My Compass is free.
Mydigital Health offers LifeFleX program for anxiety and depression.