Mental health care
Focused Psychological Strategies
Problems with mental health are very common and can affect anyone at any time of their life.
Mental health problems are not a sign of weakness. Lots of things can cause mental health problems such as genetics, the environment you grew up in, life situations and medical problems.
Simple measures such as getting enough sleep, doing physical activity daily, participating in enjoyable activities and seeing friends and family can help our mental health
Sometimes this isn’t enough, or your mental health condition is stopping you from sleeping well, seeing friends or family and going out.
Most people with mental health problems don’t need medication. Your GP can discuss your story and symptoms and make a plan on the best treatment approach for you. It is also important that your GP excludes any underlying medical problems that may be causing your mental health problem.
Focused Psychological Strategies (FPS) are evidence based psychological therapies which can form part of a treatment plan for patients experiencing mental health concerns.
Accessible under a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP), the sessions run as either a 30 or 45 minute appointment with a GP who has undertaken additional training in this field. Within these sessions your GP will explore your priorities and goals to help improve your mental health, then work with you to develop strategies to achieve these goals. Strategies and techniques may include developing relaxation and grounding strategies, cognitive restructuring, and problem solving techniques.
You can have more FPS consultations with your GP then available under Mental Health Care Plans, however, a lower rebate will apply. This option can be useful if you need ongoing support or have complex mental health needs.
Sometimes a psychologist can be helpful and sometimes medication is needed. Please ensure you have registered all family members for the Extended Medicare Safety Net, as once this applies your out of pocket costs will be significantly reduced.
If you have concerns about your mental health we encourage you to book in with your GP.
If you need emergency assistance please call the Acute Crisis Intervention Service on 13 14 65
Under a Mental Health Care Plan the fee structure for these sessions is as follows:
Gap (out of pocket)
30 minute FPS
50 minute FPS
Eating disorders are common and affect many people and their families.
Eating disorders can involve restricting food intake, binge eating, or binge eating and then purging (using laxatives or vomiting).
Family members can often notice concerns first.
Treating eating disorders involves a team of professionals; your GP, dietician, psychologist and psychiatrist.
This is a useful website for anyone who is concerned about their own eating patterns or someone they know Feed Your Instinct – Relationships with food, weight or their body
Frequently Asked Questions
Mental health conditions can commonly present as difficulty falling asleep or waking overnight between 1-5am. Anxiety can cause people to worry when they get into bed which may stop them from falling asleep or make it hard to go back to sleep when they wake. Depression will characteristically cause people to wake overnight for no apparent reason and then have difficulty falling asleep.
Drinking alcohol impairs the quality of your sleep and it is best to avoid this in the evening. Watching TV or using screens before bedtime can affect the quality of sleep. Naps during the day will also impair your sleep. It is important to have a regular routine to help you fall asleep and get up at the same time every day.
A sleep diary can be a useful way to assess what is happening with your sleep.
Low motivation can be a symptom of depression but can create a vicious cycle. You may not feel like doing certain activities and so don’t do them. Then you may feel worse about yourself, or your mood may become lower which worsens the motivation and depression further.
One of the treatments for depression is called behavioural activation. This focusses on getting you to do activities that you would normally enjoy (even if you don’t feel like it). This usually leads to an improved mood, better motivation and less depressive symptoms. In the same way that less activity can cause a downward spiral, more activity helps you go back up.
If your symptoms of low motivation continue for more then 2 weeks it is important to talk with your GP for a full assessment.
You can contact Pear Tree Family Practice and ask for an urgent appointment. If the practice is not open please contact the Acute Crisis Intervention Service on 13 14 65. This is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Urgent Mental Health Care Centre is located at 215 Grenfell Street, Adelaide and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can be contacted on 8448 9100.