We were lucky enough to host batyr ANU for the second year running at our sponsor venue, Hellenic Club in the City to talk about mental well health, being a supportive team mate and services available on campus and the broader community. A huge thank you to Ebony and accompanying presenters for taking the time to talk mental well health with the Griffs.
Below are some tips and links:
See your Local GP for Mental health Care Plan
A Mental Health Care Plan is a plan put in place with your GP to support your mental health. The processes is to firstly go to your GP for an assessment – this is a series of questions your GP will ask about how you are feeling or what has brought you to see them. You will fill in a short survey that gauges how severe your feelings are – this is to help you in getting the right kind of support. Once this is done it allows you access to up to six medicare rebated sessions with a psychologist or counsellor.
There are lots of private Psychologists in Canberra. You can use the find a psychologist tool on APS website in your area
Lifeline – 13 11 14
A 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention telephone service.
An information and support provider for Australians of all ages and demographics.
a. Has a 24/7 support line 1300 22 4636
b. Online chat (3pm-12am everyday)
1. ANU Counselling – above ANU gym (need to be an ANU student)
You can access “emergency” appointments by calling at 8:55 in the morning or going to the reception. This service can have long wait times during peak times (exams) but they can refer you to other services.
2. Access and Inclusion for Academic Support
Located in the Copland courtyard (also where batyr office is!) They can provide you with an EAP (education access plan) which can help you get adjustments for exams and assessment, this will depend a lot on your personal case and you need to provide medical documentation
Under 25 – Canberra
1. Headspace – over at UC, Bruce
Ages 12-25 centers designed for young people where you can go to access a GP, Psychologist, Social Worker, Drug and Alcohol worker, Counsellor, Vocational Worker or Youth worker. These sessions are free or low cost
1. Mood gym : https://moodgym.com.au/
Online tool – moodgym is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy. It can help you identify whether you are having problems with emotions like anxiety and depression and learn skills that can help you cope with these emotions.
2. Blackdog Institute
Do research and advocacy – but on their website they also have a lot of tools and tests that can be useful if you or a mate is having a hard time.
3. Smiling Minds – meditation and mindfulness app.