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Recognise symptoms, take action early

If you recognise symptoms of depression or anxiety in yourself, it’s important to take action early. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you can recover. Taking action may not be as hard as you think.

Contact our Support Service

The beyondblue Support Service offers information and advice to everyone in Australia, regardless of their age, gender, background or location. If you or someone you know is having a tough time or has symptoms of depression or anxiety, contact the Support Service’s mental health professionals 24/7 on 1300 22 4636, or via web chat or email.

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Talk to your GP or someone you trust

Talking to someone you trust is a good place to start if you’re feeling anxious or down. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to someone you know, talk to a GP. A GP can make a diagnosis, discuss treatment options, prescribe medication and refer you to a mental health professional or other appropriate services. Find a GP in your area.

Visit a mental health professional

There are many health practitioners who specialise in mental health. These include psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health nurses, social workers and occupational therapists in mental health, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health workers. Your GP can refer you to the most appropriate person. In Australia, treatments for mental health conditions are either free or partly paid for by the Government, usually through a rebate. Find a mental health professional in your area and learn more about them.

Find what works for you

There are many different treatments, health professionals and support services available to help people with depression and anxiety. After seeking appropriate advice, the best approach is to try a treatment with which you’re comfortable. If you have problems with it, talk to your health professional and consider trying another treatment. For a summary of treatment options for depression and anxiety, see the beyondblue booklets A guide to what works for depression and A guide to what works for anxiety.

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