There are many support options out there to help you manage your mental health.
Having childhood heart disease, or helping someone close to you manage their condition, can impact many parts of your life including your mental health.
There are a range of health professionals and services in Australia that can help you if you or someone close to you needs support with their mental health while navigating their journey.
How do I access professional support?
Your local doctor or general practitioner (GP) is a good starting point. A GP can provide you with information and give you a referral to see a psychologist or other therapist if required.
A GP can work with you to create a Mental Health Care Treatment Plan. If you have one of these plans, you can get a partial or full Medicare rebate for psychological treatment - depending on which service you access, this could mean that some of your sessions might even be free.
Find a GP
Online or telephone support
You can also access mental health support, information and resources online or by phone if you prefer.
Beyond Blue runs an online chat, online forums and a 24/7 Helpline: 1300 22 4636
For Young People
Kids Helpline is a free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.
Call: 1800 55 1800Visit Website
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
WellMob has a collection of social, emotional and cultural wellbeing online resources.Visit Website
Need to talk?
The HeartKids Helpline provides support for anyone affected by childhood heart disease. Our team can talk you through some of the professional mental health support options that might be available to you.
Call the HeartKids Helpline on 1800 432 785 (business hours) or send us an email.
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