Toolkit

Talking

Your worry and anxiety can make you feel jangled, teary and edgy as they disrupt your sense of confidence and optimism. In part this can be because they eat away inside you. This is why it is better to talk about them so they don’t start to overwhelm you.

Talking with a trusted friend or family member helps to get those swirling worries and anxieties out of your head. Sometimes though, you can feel you don’t want to burden your friends or you might feel like you need a new perspective. You could talk to your doctor, a psychologist, counsellor or access many of the advocacy and support associations listed in Tool 14, Helpful contacts.

When choosing who to talk with, make sure it is someone you feel:

  • you can connect with
  • gets you and your life
  • will listen
  • you can trust
  • won’t judge you
  • won’t tell you what to do

If you would like to talk with a health professional there are a few options:

  • Your GP or local doctor
  • Your community health centre (go to the website of your local council to find yours)
  • A psychologist – because they are registered mental health professionals you can get a Medicare rebate for 10 sessions per year with a psychologist (see Tool 14, Helpful contacts)
  • A counsellor – look for a registered counsellor, which means you are seeing someone who has completed an approved course in counselling
  • A social worker  
Created on 28/08/2013 | Updated on 10/12/2015
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