Yet, only 1 in 4 blokes downunder seek any help or treatment for it. Australia, world famous for it’s laid back “she’ll be right, mate” attitude when the shit hits the fan.. We all know the majority of guys in Australia can be quite stubborn when it comes to sharing problems they’re facing. When things start to niggle at us, we tend to keep it under the lid and just get on with it. This is great for the short term head-games life like’s to throw at us, but what happens with the bigger issues when we suppress them? They don’t go away, they dig themselves deep into our subconscious and start their destructive ploy in bringing us down? Depression, it really is that evil.So, what do we do about it?
So, what do we do about it?
Statistics show that only 1 in 4 men seek help for depression in Australia. I have to admit I was one of those statistics not so long ago.
I didn’t need some quack telling me I was sad, life was just hard and I was obviously meant to be a no-one… Maybe I even deserved this life?..
How wrong was I. I had some pretty rotten experiences in my younger years, a lot of it I suppressed so deep it only surfaced when triggered in particular situations. I tried ignoring my differences for a big part of my life, my insecurities and my lack of self confidence. I just thought I was different, I didn’t really belong into any social group, a misfit in society maybe?. But, the person I had become wasn’t me at all, it was a mixture of depression, anxiety and P.T.S.D. I had suppressed so much anger, betrayal and hurt that it changed the person I was and I had no control over it…. Or so I thought. There is hope yet and not to mention the awareness and acknowledgement of mental illness in today’s society.
The human mind is a magnificently complex processing unit, the workings of ones mind are beyond the concept of even the worlds finest medical, scientific personnel combined.
NewAccess is an early intervention program intended to provide easily accessible, free and quality services for people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety who are currently not accessing mental health services. The program aims to support hard to reach groups like men, of whom only one in four seek support.
The NewAccess program is the result of four years of research and collaborative discussion in Australia and is based on the highly successful UK Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) initiative. IAPT is a NHS (National Health Service) program rolled out across England and proven to be a success.
NewAccess follows the UK model closely, but has been adapted for the Australian context. beyondblue has received overwhelming support through consultations with mental health professionals, peak bodies, and people who experience depression and anxiety, their friends and family.
NewAccess is a beyondblue program funded by The Movember Foundation and beyondblue. Three Medicare Locals will run a demonstration site from 2013 to 2015 and will be subject to full independent external evaluation. ACT Medicare Local opened on 8 October 2013, followed by North Coast NSW Medicare Local and Central Adelaide and Hills Medicare Local on 24 February, 2014.
The objectives of NewAccess are to:
- improve psychological wellbeing by offering assisted and/or self-guided Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to Australian adults with mild to moderate depression and anxiety, who are not currently accessing existing mental health services
- provide direct access to mental health services via simple referral pathways e.g. self-referral
- complement the existing mental health services to reach ‘hard to reach’ populations groups, especially men and people in communities where access to traditional services is lower
- establish a new mental health workforce.
People requiring more intensive treatment are referred to more appropriate services. Throughout the program, people may also be linked to appropriate community networks and engage with other support service providers should they require it i.e. employment, financial or housing assistance..
So how do I get involved?
Demonstration sites will run from 2013 to 2015.
NewAccess is a beyondblue program funded by The Movember Foundation and beyondblue. Three Medicare Locals are running demonstration sites from 2013 to 2015 and will be subject to full independent external evaluation.
The three Medicare locals are:
- ACT Medicare Local
- Central Adelaide and Hills Medicare Local
- North Coast NSW Medicare Local
NewAccess will accept referrals from General Practitioners, Allied Health Professionals and Community Services or through self-referrals.
It’s easy for General Practitioners and Allied Health Practitioners to recommend NewAccess to their patients or clients. They can simply make an appointment using one of the numbers below.
ACT Medicare Local
(02) 6287 8066
Central Adelaide and Hills Medicare Local
1800 010 630
North Coast NSW Medicare Local
1300 137 934
Or visit the BeyondBlue NewAccess Website here.