Mental health support

There are many ways to monitor and support your mental health. It is important to understand the triggers that may lead to mental illness and implement early intervention and restorative strategies. Seek support early — your mental health matters.

If you are worried about your mental health or the wellbeing of a colleague and would like to talk to someone, call our confidential 24/7 support line on 1800 377 700.
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Seek support early

The following signs may be an indicator that you need help to support or restore your mental health:

  • feeling highly stressed, anxious, irritable and worried
  • feeling depressed and sad
  • sleep changes, insomnia
  • emotional changes — outbursts, sadness and withdrawal
  • weight and appetite changes
  • overuse or reliance on alcohol and drugs, or
  • loss of joy in life.

It’s important to take care of yourself and ensure you access support.

Below are practical ways to look after your mental health. Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time. Anyone can follow this advice:

  • talk about how you feel
  • exercise
  • eat healthy food 
  • maintain good hydration
  • minimise and monitor alcohol use
  • stay connected
  • seek help/support early
  • do good things for yourself, and
  • accept who you are — you are enough.
How to seek support

You may wish to speak to your GP about a mental healthcare plan, which provides subsided sessions with a psychologist.

If you would like to get support to put these tips into action or to discuss where to start, call our support line 24/7 on 1800 377 700.

Emergency support services

If you require urgent support call one of the following services:

  • Fire, Ambulance or Police on 000
  • Lifeline on 13 1114
  • Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
What can I do next?

Read some of our other articles that relate to looking after your mental health:

Dental Practitioner Support is here to talk if you have concerns about your mental health or the mental health of a colleague. Our service provides free and confidential support to dental practitioners and students Australia-wide. If you would like to speak to someone call us 24/7 on 1800 377 700 or you can request support via email.

If you would like to know a bit more about the service before getting in contact — take a look at accessing support.

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