Local Leaders | Rural Adversity Mental Health Program: Why it's important to seek help early

Did you know that one in two Australians will experience a mental health problem each year?

When you're unwell, it's important to seek help sooner rather than later.

The earlier we notice a problem and find help, the better chance we have of a quick recovery and we reduce our risk of future mental health problems.

RAMHP co-ordinator Judy Carmody.

RAMHP co-ordinator Judy Carmody.

So what does seeking help look like?

The first step is to see a general practitioner (GP). Your GP will discuss what changes you've noticed and help in deciding the best treatment for you.

Sometimes we may need to wait to see a GP. In the meantime, there are lots of things you can do. These include:

  • Taking some time out
  • Keeping physically active
  • Focusing on sleeping and eating well
  • Talking to family and friends

If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. If you're concerned about your own or someone else's mental health, call the NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511 for advice.

Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) - contact me, your local RAMHP Coordinator, on 0417 131 301 or email Judy.Carmody@health.nsw.gov.au. Please note, I am not a clinician but I can help link you to the most appropriate services in our area.

Or head to the RAMHP website for information and helpful resources at http://www.ramhp.com.au/downloadable-resources/.