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See a doctor in Pascoe Vale for mental illness

Look after your mental health

Did you know that one in five Australians are affected by mental illness?

Unfortunately, many don’t seek help because of stigma.

What is mental illness?

Mental illness is a general term for a group of illnesses that affect the mind or brain.

These illnesses, which include bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety and personality disorders, affect the way a person thinks, feels and acts.

The exact cause of mental illness is unknown. What is known is that mental illness is not a character fault, weakness or something inherently ‘wrong’ with a person.

It is an illness like any other.

Mental illness is very common

One in five Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year. The most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorder.

Is mental illness treatable?

Yes, mental illness can be treated. Many people who have mental illness can recover completely while others manage their illness very well.

The most important step is to seek help. See your GP in the first instance.

How to get help

A GP can provide treatment or refer you to a specialist, like a psychologist, for extra help. Note, however, that you don’t need a referral to see a psychologist.

Effective treatments are available and early identification and care can reduce harm and improve quality of life. If you’re uncertain or nervous about speaking to one of our GPs, you’re welcome to take a friend or family member with you.

Let your GP know if you’re getting help from anyone else, such as other doctors, self-help groups, family and friends, or natural therapists.

Remember to provide your GP with your full list of medications (including over-the-counter medications, vitamins and natural therapies), and ask your GP for a general health check to see what else might be adding to the way you feel.

Raising awareness for mental health

There is a stigma around mental illness due to misunderstanding or prejudice. This can delay or prevent people from wanting or feeling able to seek help, and impacting adversely on their lives.

World Mental Health Day – 10 October – is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy, and to reduce the stigma. It’s an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide.

Everyone is encouraged to look at mental health in a more positive light, in an effort to reduce stigma and make way for more people to seek the help and support they deserve.

Make a booking today

If you need help, please make a booking with us. We’re open until 9pm on weeknights and 5pm on Saturday to give you all the support you need.

 

Source: Mental Health Australia, World Mental Health Day and Mental Health Foundation Australia

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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See a psychologist in Pascoe Vale

Do you have any concerns about your child’s development or behaviour?

Michelle Vassallo is an educational and developmental psychologist. 

She is able to do various assessments, including:

  • Cognitive
  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Psychoeducational.

These assessments determine your child’s strengths and weakness for the purpose of educational planning and funding.

Michelle (pictured below) can also help your child to improve functioning in the home and school environments, improve emotional regulation, reduce school avoidance, and help with learning difficulties, encopresis and peer pressure.

Psychologist Pascoe Vale

As an educational and developmental psychologist, she works with children, adolescents and adults by identifying and clarifying problems, diagnosing disorders and counselling for a range of challenges.

Michelle now provides after-hours appointments every alternate Monday at PVH Medical. Simply make a booking by calling 9304 0500.

Find out more about psychology services at PVH Medical.

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New psychologist in Pascoe Vale

New psychologist at PVH Medical

We’re pleased to announce a new psychologist at PVH Medical – Bronwen Francis.

Psychologist Bronwen Francis has started working at PVH Medical in Pascoe Vale.

Psychologist Bronwen Francis

Bronwen is experienced in helping young people and adults across a diverse range of life experiences and needs including:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Schizophrenia and schizo-affective disorder
  • Bipolar disorder and adjustment disorder
  • Personality disorders, borderline personality disorder, and addictions
  • Dual disability, dual diagnosis and learning difficulties
  • Relationship issues and life transitions
  • Stress management and parenting strategies
  • Grief and loss, and trauma.

At PVH Medical, we provide comprehensive assessments, interventions, and support for adults and adolescents who seek assistance for a range of emotional and behavioural concerns.

Our aim is to build resilience and enable individuals and families to reach their true potential.

To make an appointment please call Reception on 9304 0500.

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Get help from PVH Medical in Pascoe Vale, Vic.

Are you struggling with the day to day?

You can’t put your finger on it but you’re not in top form. You feel tired more often, you’re emotional and the things you used to enjoy doing now don’t hold the same appeal.

It’s hard to generalise how struggling to cope can make you feel or act, but if any of these symptoms sound familiar please consider having a chat with one of our doctors.

  • Lacking energy or feeling tired
  • Feeling restless or agitated
  • Feeling tearful
  • Not wanting to talk to or be with people
  • Not wanting to do things you usually enjoy
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cope with feelings
  • Finding it hard to cope with everyday things

While our doctors have loads of experience helping patients with all sorts of issues, you may be referred to one of our in-house psychologists for specialised care.

You could be entitled to Medicare-subsidised counselling under the GP Mental Health Care Plan Scheme. Simply ask your doctor for details and a referral.

No referral is required for private consultations with a psychologist.

R U OK? Day – 14 September 2017

R U OK is a suicide prevention charity in Australia, reminding people that having meaningful conversations with friends and loved ones could save lives.

On 14 September we’re getting behind this charity’s special awareness day called R U OK? Day.

R U OK? Day is about staying connected and having meaningful conversations. That’s something we can all do. You don’t need to be an expert, just a great mate and a good listener. So if you notice someone who might be struggling – start a conversation.

Some conversations are too big for friends and family to take on alone. That’s why we encourage you to speak to a doctor at PVH Medical Pascoe Vale.

If you need urgent support outside of hours, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

 

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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