Mental health is an important part of our overall wellbeing, affecting the way we think, feel, and act. It is essential at all stages of life, from childhood and adolescence to adulthood. The Government of Victoria provides specialized mental health services for children and adolescents up to 18 years of age. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, there are a variety of ways to seek help in Victoria. Mental health services are interventions, evaluations, diagnoses, treatments, or counseling offered in private, public, inpatient or outpatient settings to maintain or improve mental health or the treatment of mental or behavioral disorders in individual and group settings.
These services can be provided by the state government, private health providers, non-profit organizations, community organizations, local general practitioners, and specialized clinics. Youth between 16 and 18 years old can be treated by a mental health service for children and adolescents or by a service for adults, depending on their needs. Headspace is an organization that specializes in mental health and offers free support, information, counseling and counseling to young people between 12 and 25 years old. Your doctor may suggest mental health services in your local area or refer you to a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other mental health professional in the community. If your psychiatrist decides that you need a more intensive level of treatment, they can advise you and arrange for additional treatment in the most appropriate service.
This could include community mental health programs, residential clinics and hospitals. It is important to remember that a person's mental health can change over time depending on many factors. Poor mental health and mental illness are not the same thing. Poor mental health can affect your thinking, mood, and behavior. If you are experiencing mental health problems it is important to seek help.