Men­tal health ser­vice to help well-be­ing

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

AN IN­NO­VA­TIVE men­tal health ser­vice has gained Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing across six gen­eral prac­tices on the Sun­shine Coast.

The fund­ing was granted to StepCare, which dig­i­tally screens and treats men­tal health con­di­tions.

Mem­ber for Fair­fax Ted O’Brien said the ser­vice could de­tect if pa­tients were feel­ing anx­ious, stressed or de­pressed.

“Most peo­ple who have un­der­ly­ing anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion don’t ac­tu­ally seek spe­cific treat­ment so this is an­other way to iden­tify peo­ple and start the con­ver­sa­tion,” Mr O’Brien said.

“It’s the first screen­ing tool like this and it’s fan­tas­tic that six Sun­shine Coast clin­ics will be of­fer­ing this ser­vice to their pa­tients.”

Sun­coast Chris­tian Health Cen­tre GP Stephen Gipps said re­sults from a pa­tient’s sur­vey went di­rectly into their GP’s com­puter sys­tem.

“By the time you come in for your con­sul­ta­tion, I have the re­sults. This al­lows us to start a con­ver­sa­tion about your men­tal and emo­tional well-be­ing,” Dr Gipps said.

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