One third seeking mental support
Published: 21 February 2020
TASMANIANS are being encouraged to seek support for mental illness with a report showing the state continues to have higher than average rates of depression and anxiety.
The annual Tasmanian Health Report commissioned by private insurer St Luke’s Health showed that 37 per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds reported seeking professional help for a mental health problem in the past year.
The company this week announced an extension of its support for mental health care by introducing benefits for counselling services.
St Lukes Health head of member delivery Luke Cameron said the extension would encourage people to seek support for mental ill health and early intervention services.
“Since the introduction of the psychiatric care waiting period exemption in 2018, a proportion of our members have used this to access urgent care, which is positive to see, but we still need to continue to support these individuals and help them before they get to this stage,” he said.
Accredited mental health social worker Rob Pearce said it was important for people to engage with a professional in the early onset of poor mental health.
“Consulting with a mental health professional should be as common as booking your car in for a service,” he said.
“Just as your car needs to be in good running order, a regular check and tune up for your mental motor will keep it in good running order too.“Personal mental health is more valuable than new season’s clothing, eating at posh restaurants or driving a flash car.”
Appeared in The Mercury - Hobart.