Where to get professional help

Want to access some help or expert advice? Figure out what you need. Here is a list of a few good places to start looking, and info on where to go if you need something specific.

This can help with:

  • Finding a professional or services
  • Finding someone near you
  • Getting help figuring out what you need
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What do you need?

First up, figure out who you want to be talking to or what services you need. No point going to see someone who’s going to tell you to see someone else! If you want some guidance figuring out what to do or where to go, try counsellors (most schools and universities have one) or your local community services. Read up on the types of counsellors and professionals.

If you need to talk to someone as soon as possible, there’s help available 24/7.

A good place to start

These places are great for getting directed to the right services or getting a referral:

  • A doctor (GP). Seriously – doctors these days are trained in recognising symptoms of mental health difficulties and connecting you to the right people. They can give you a referral to a psychologist or psychiatrist if you need it, and they'll know exactly what services are available in your area.
  • A youth worker. Trained in dealing with practical life problems and navigating government services, these guys can work alongside you to figure out what you need and give you the info and skills to take charge of problems. 
  • beyondblue’s search tool. Not sure where to find a mental health trained doctor or other mental health professional? beyondblue made this tool to help you find one near you.

Finding something specific

Looking for services for a specific mental health concern? Head to the different psychological treatments fact sheet to find out more about the treatments for different problems.

What can I do now?

Last reviewed: 12 August, 2015
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