Get a Check-up once a year. It’s no big deal.
Ask your MATES who they go to.
Remember to ask for a double length appointment for a Health Check-up, because there’s a lot to get through. You can ask for either a man or woman doctor, whichever you feel more comfortable with.
Talk to your doctor:
"The best thing that I've done is put my hand up to get the help that i needed and that's the biggest thing for anyone to do, to put your hand up and go, 'yeah I need the help'."
Your doctor (GP) is often a good place to start for most mental health conditions. Doctors can provide treatment or refer you to other services for mental health.
A mental health care plan is a plan for people with a mental illness. It identifies what type of health care you need, and spells out what you and your doctor have agreed you are aiming to achieve. It also refers you to local mental health services.
Your doctor will probably ask you many questions about your situation, discuss you healthcare needs, goals, treatment and referrals will be recorded in your mental health care plan.
What is a mental health care plan?
A mental health care plan is a plan your doctor writes with you about treating a mental health condition. It helps you to access eligible allied health professionals like psychologists, social workers or occupational therapists who can help you to get better and live well.
A mental health care plan can be useful for people with minor mental health conditions or very serious conditions, short-term concerns or long-term illnesses. You don’t already have to be diagnosed with a mental health condition to talk to your doctor about making a mental health care plan.
How can a mental health care plan help me?
A mental health care plan can help you in a number of ways.
Creating a mental health care plan gives you and your doctor the opportunity to formally outline how you’ve been feeling, what your needs are and what results you would like. It also gives your doctor an opportunity to refer you on to an appropriate treatment or support service.
Having a mental health care plan makes appointments with eligible allied health professionals more affordable. If you have a mental health care plan, you are entitled to a Medicare rebate on up to 10 individual sessions or group appointments with a psychologist, social worker or occupational therapist in a calendar year. After 6 sessions, you will return to your doctor to revisit how your treatment is going, and then if needed, can access the next 4 sessions.
Queensland Health 2018
"There's a belief that the very idea of being a man is that you deal with stuff and you don't reach out or connect. untreated, the problem snowballs. the combination of that and the notion of having to deal with it alone, is the reason behind high suicide rates.