Dr Sunita D’Souza Psychiatrist Canberra
4/2 Montford Cres, Lyneham,
Australian Capital Territory, 2602, Australia
Ph (02) 6248 6614
Fax (02) 8330 9263
Parking: Free parking is available on site.
Referral must be triaged and accepted by Dr D’Souza for any appointment.
Mental health affects how we think, feel and act. If you struggle with mental health issues, you may find it difficult to manage your emotions, handle stress, relate to others or simply make choices.
When things are not going well for you or someone you know, it is important to remember that you are not alone and there are people and services that can give you the help, support and assistance you may need.
According to the World health organization, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
So rather than being about ‘what’s the problem?’ it’s really about ‘what’s going well?’
Progressive Muscular Relaxation (PMR) is useful for relaxing your body when your muscles are tense, perhaps as a result of stress. This relaxation involves tensing up a group of muscles so that they are as tightly contracted as possible, holding them in a state of tension for a few seconds, and then relaxing the muscle.
If you are thinking about suicide and need immediate help, then contact:
Call 000 if your life is in immediate danger.
Lifeline’s 13 11 14 crisis support service is available 24/7. Anyone in Australia can speak to a trained Crisis Supporter over the phone, any time of the day or night.
1800 55 1800 Online counselling available
Kids Helpline is Australia’s only free, private, and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. Counselling is currently offered by phone 1800 55 1800 ,webchat, and email.
Suicide Call Back Service is a nationwide service providing 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people affected by suicide.
Are you a carer?
Are you helping someone with a mental health condition or illness? If so, you might be called this person’s carer.
You might spend time with the person and listen to their concerns. Perhaps you look after them full time at home. Maybe you’re there when they have to go into hospital.
If you support someone with mental illness, you are playing an important role in their recovery.
You know how they normally act and which treatments work for them. You can answer questions if they become unwell.
Every caring relationship is unique.
Looking after yourself
Being a carer can be hard work and it may sometimes feel that you are getting nowhere.
It can be helpful to:
- look after your own needs first
- take a break whenever you can
- join a carer support group so you can talk about your experiences with others who understand
- look out for psychological symptoms of your own, particularly depression.
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