Mental health services you can get at your local clinic

If you have a mental health problem and don’t know where to go, help is available at your local clinic. Speak to a nurse and she will book an appointment with a psychologist or psychiatrist for you. If there is no psychologist or psychiatrist at that clinic, the nurse can put you in touch with a counsellor or social worker to speak to, and they will try and understand your thoughts and feelings and see how they can help. If the things you are struggling with are more serious but not an emergency, they will refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist at another clinic or hospital.

If you’re already taking medication for a mental illness, the clinic will be able to give you the medication. And if it’s an emergency, the social worker, counsellor or nurse will call an ambulance to take you to a hospital. At the hospital, doctors will attend to you and you’ll get all the treatment you need.

It is a good idea to get help as soon as possible before your problems and symptoms get worse. Don’t be shy to ask for help at the clinic. There’s no shame in it because mental health problems are just like any other health problems, and the health care workers are there to help you!

For more information on mental health, check out “Good & bad mental health” on B-Wise. 

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B-Wise User Anonymous 6 November 2017 08:48

I'm an 18 year old student, and I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety by a GP who referred me to a psychiatrist. I've been taking 50mg of setraline(zoloft) and it been over a month however i am still not my normal self. My question is how long do they take to actually kick in and is 50mg dose enough for me.

B-Wise Expert Expert 10 November 2017 10:59

Well done for seeking help with your depression and anxiety … this is a big step towards you feeling better.

The medicine you are taking can take up to 2 months to make you feel a whole lot better.  If this doesn’t happen by then, your doctor may choose to increase the dose that you are taking.  As all medicines have side effects, the aim here is to start you on the lowest dose and only increase the dose if it is not working well enough.  It would also be a good idea to look into other ways you could use to improve your mental health – such as diet, exercise and joining a support group.  Good luck!

B-Wise User Anonymous 31 October 2017 15:51

How will I know I'm depressed

B-Wise Expert Expert 31 October 2017 16:42

Hi, that’s a good question. A mental health professional is the best person to help you understand if you’re depressed, and counselling can be helpful too, so it may also be a good idea to speak to a psychologist, social worker or counsellor about this. People who are depressed are usually sad (or angry) for most of the time on most days, for a month or longer. Sometimes depression affects your body, and you could sleep more or less than usual, eat more or less than usual, or feel really tired all the time. Some people with depression struggle to get through their daily life because of their depressed feelings. If you think you might be depressed, read our article “Feeling sad all the time? You could be depressed” and speak to an adult you trust about it.