There are many places to turn to if you want to get further help or information on anxiety. It is tempting to wander the internet when you have a question or you are worried or anxious about something. Sometimes you find helpful information and sometimes you can get poor advice. It is best to use websites, apps and blogs from well respected sources such as those with government backing or are from an organisation with access to experts who specialise in anxiety. You might like to try:
- My aged care – This is an Australian Government’s source of general information for Australians over 50 on health, finances, work, lifestyle, your care and your rights. www.myagedcare.gov.au For mental health advice click on the link to counselling.
- Australian Women’s Health Network www.awhn.org.au and go to the link “Women’s Health Services” and then click on your state.
- Healthdirect – Trusted health information and advice online and over the phone (1800 022 222), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Funded by the governments of Australia www.healthdirect.gov.au.
- Your General Practitioner (GP) or local doctor. If you don’t have a doctor and need to find one in your area go to National Health Services Direct www.nhsd.com.au. Here you will be able to find your closest General Practice, pharmacy or hospital.
Mental & emotional health sites:
- Head to Health have a guided search tool that helps you to assess your level of anxiety and then offers information on places to get help www.headtohealth.gov.au
- Beyondblue, a not for profit organisation addressing the issues of anxiety and depression for Australians of all ages www.beyondblue.org.au or call 1300 224636
- A psychologist. Go to the referrals section of the website of The Australian Psychological Society www.psychology.org.au/community/referrals to find a psychologist who works near you
- SANE for information and support call 1800 18 7263 (between 9am-5pm weekdays) or visit online www.sane.org
- Lifeline – you can call 13114 or visit www.lifeline.org.au
- 1. Better out than in
- 2. Talking
- 3. Practical things
- 4. Participate
- 5. Accept or fight?
- 6. Relaxation & mindfulness
- 7. Worry time
- 8. Words that work
- 9. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- 10. What are you thinking?
- 11. Thinking record
- 12. Who to see and what type of therapy to have
- 13. Monitor yourself
- 14. Helpful contacts