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    Mental Health Professionals

    General Practitioner

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    What Do They Do?

    What do they do?

    A General Practitioner (GP) is often the first port of call for people seeking help when experiencing mental health concerns.

    GPs can make a diagnosis, prescribe medication and/or refer you to other specialists, health professionals and support groups. GPs can also rule out any physical health problems that may be contributing to the way you are feeling. When making an appointment with your GP, it is a good idea to arrange a long consultation so that you have plenty of time to discuss your situation

    (Reference: Mental Health Commission WA)

    How Can They Help?

    How can they help?

    When you have an emotional or mental health concern your GP is a great place to start. They can assess your overall health to make sure there are no physical reasons contributing to the way you are feeling.  A GP can also prepare a mental health plan, refer you to the right mental health professional and prescribe appropriate medicines if required.

    Why go to see a GP over a concern that you think will eventually pass?

    • A minor concern could develop into something more serious if ignored.
    • Recurrent concerns (like feeling anxious) can impact on your quality of life and lead to other problems.
    • Seeing a GP regularly can help you to learn more about the support available to you, and helps your GP to better understand your needs.

    (Reference: Mental Health Foundation) 

    How Do I Find One?

    How do I find one?

    It is important to find a doctor with whom you are comfortable being completely open and honest.

    A trusting, long-term relationship with a GP is the best way to ensure you receive consistent, quality healthcare throughout your life.

    (Reference: Royal Australian Collage of General Practitioners)

    Additional Information

    Your GP wants you to get the most out of your visit to their practice so you leave with all your questions answered. Use the tips below to make your visit a success:

    • Make a list of all the things you want to ask your GP about so you don’t forget anything
    • Be open and honest. Everything you tell your GP is kept confidential
    • Don’t be afraid to ask embarrassing questions, your GP is trained to answer them!
    • If you’ve done some of your own research on the internet before seeing your GP and you’re worried about what it says, print it off and show your GP
    • If you have lots of items you wish to discuss with your GP in one visit, book a longer appointment so neither of you feel rushed
    • If your GP isn’t familiar with your medical history, ensure you let them know about any prior illnesses or family history that may be relevant to your visit.

    (Reference: Royal Australian Collage of General Practitioners)

    Black Dog Institute – Finding a Mental Health Friendly Doctor 

    mindhealthconnect – Talking to your doctor (GP) about mental health