Around 20% of the Australian population will experience mental illness in any given year.

It’s not surprising, therefore, that there is a huge push from the Federal and State governments to help people with mental health issues.

These problems are often under-diagnosed and, in many cases, a simple discussion with your GP may be sufficient to prevent the condition from developing.

For others, a Mental Health Care Plan may be necessary, including regular contact with your trusted GP who can monitor the common issue of patients not taking their prescribed medications.

Access to a psychologist can be difficult but your GP can facilitate this as part of a Mental Health Care Plan. In other instances, a psychologist will advise a patient to speak to their GP.

Patients who are suffering panic attacks, anxiety or have thoughts of self-harm are encouraged to see their GP to discuss their issues and not ‘bottle up’ their problems.