Online e-therapies and other sources of support
Some people experiencing mild to moderate anxiety or depression may prefer to use online forms of therapy. A range of different programs are available, most of which are backed up by phone, email, text or web chat support from a mental health specialist. Online therapies can be particularly helpful for people living in rural and remote communities, who may find it difficult to access the health professionals listed above. Remember, we're all different and online therapies may not be suitable for everyone.
If you'd like to explore what's on offer and what might work for you, the Australian Government's Head to Health website has a library of online programs.
Preparing for your appointment
When you see a health professional, try and be as open and honest as possible about how you're feeling and what's going on. One way to help get the most out of the consultation is to ask questions. Asking questions can help you understand what you're going through and what support is available.
Finding the right health professional is a key step in most people's journey – someone you feel comfortable with, and who 'gets' you. While some people find a practitioner and treatment that works for them first time, for others it can take a few goes. The main thing is to persevere – try not to let one bad experience put you off getting support.
What will it cost?
The cost of getting treatment for depression, anxiety or a related disorder from a health professional varies. However, in the same way you can get a Medicare rebate when you see a doctor, you can also get part or all of the consultation fee subsidised when you see certain mental health professionals for treatment of depression or anxiety.
Beyond Blue's Getting support - How much does it cost? page has more information about Medicare rebates that are available.