Mental Health Services

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Category: Allied Health Options

What is it?

Mental Health Services differ across Australia but generally consist of public or private services provided in hospital or within community settings. Services may be organised by geographical region or under areas of specialty care. Mental health services range from emergency response to assistance with longer term management of conditions such as PTSD.

How does it work?

Mental Health Services employ a range of professionals including mental health nurses, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and psychiatrists. These professionals assess and diagnose conditions and develop a treatment or management plan. Assistance may include various therapeutic interventions, psycho-social supports or practical assistance. Mental health services usually work closely with a GP, family members and other health providers.

Is it effective?

The individual interventions provided by metal health services have various levels of evidence supporting their effectiveness and these are discussed separately in this document (see below for links to specific mental health services). Accredited mental health services are required to comply with specific standards of care and provide evidence-based best practice.

Are there any disadvantages?

Some individual interventions provided by metal health services may have disadvantages for some individuals.

Where do you get it?

The usual way to contact a mental health service is via a local General Practitioner (GP). GPs can refer to either a private mental health professional or a public mental health service. In some areas of Australia individuals can also refer themselves to a public mental health service via a dedicated referral phone number.

What are the evidence limitations?

The individual interventions provided by metal health services have various evidence limitations and these are discussed separately in this document.

Recommendations

Care provided by accredited mental health services can be recommended for individuals with PTSD, as these services are required to comply with specific standards of care and provide evidence-based best practice.

For more information on specific Mental Health Services look at:

Key References

Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia Inc. Website, viewed 4 December 2008, http://www.mifellowshipaustralia.org.au/

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