There are many pathways to recovery. Here at PACE we encourage you to think carefully about what recovery means to you. Setting long term recovery goals and figuring out what steps you need to take to get there can help you to find the right kind of help and support in your time of need.
For many people with panic anxiety, obsessive compulsive and eating disorders , recovery means gaining and retaining hope, understanding one’s abilities, engaging in an active life, achieving personal autonomy and building a positive sense of self. Recovery is unique and means different things to different people, but in general it’s about building towards a better and brighter future.
Not all services will be suited to your individual recovery needs, so it is important to get as much information as you can about different services to see which one will be best for you.
The first step in getting treatment for any mental health issue is to speak to a GP. A GP can conduct an assessment and establish a Mental Health Care Plan, which will enable you to receive treatment through the Medicare system. A GP can refer you to specialised mental health practitioners, such as psychiatrists or psychologists, and specialised health practitioners, such as dietitians.
Information about Mental Health Care Plans can be found at:
Although all GP’s are abhttps://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/whats-covered-medicare/mental-health-care-and-medicarele to conduct assessments and establish Mental Health Care Plans, not all GP’s have the same knowledge and experience in treating mental illnesses. Most GP’s will have some experience in working with anxiety and depression, but not all GP’s will have experience in working with patients with OCD or eating disorders, so it can be helpful to check the level of knowledge and experience before making an appointment. You can do this by contacting the practice and speak to the receptionist, who will generally be able to provide you with this information about the different doctors working in the practice.
If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to a GP you are welcome to speak to one of our friendly team here at PACE. We can provide you with information about the different treatment and support options available, and link you in with service who may be able to help you. We can speak to you over the phone or meet with you face to face to discuss your situation and help you decide what to do next. We have several Peer Support Workers in our team who have a lived experience of panic anxiety, OCD or an eating disorder, so they understand what you are going through.
If you would like more information please contact the PACE Team below.
There are several websites which provide useful self-help resources:
- The Centre for Clinical Interventions has some excellent self-help manuals for common mental health issues: http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resources/consumers.cfm
- The Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression has self-help programs for anxiety, depression and OCD: https://thiswayup.org.au/
- E couch is an interactive self-help program with modules for several mental health issues including anxiety: https://ecouch.anu.edu.au/welcome
There are also some apps which can be useful:
- Smiling Mind is a mindfulness and meditation app: http://smilingmind.com.au/
- Headspace is another meditation app: https://www.headspace.com/
- What’s up? is a mental health app which uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)to help people manage anxiety and other mental health issues. It can be downloaded from app stores.
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