Breaking the stigma: Mental health care plans now accessible to all Australians
Mental health has long been a topic that has been stigmatized and often neglected in Australian society. However, in a positive move towards breaking the stigma surrounding mental health and increasing access for all Australians, mental health care plans are now accessible to everyone.
For many years, those who were suffering from mental health conditions oftentimes didn’t have access to affordable or comprehensive care. Additionally, many people would avoid seeking out care due to the shame and judgment that was associated with mental health struggles. Fortunately, changes have been made in recent years to improve both accessibility and affordability of mental health care for all.
One of the most significant changes is the introduction of mental health care plans for all Australians by the federal government. These plans allow individuals to access psychological care and treatment, including up to 20 different appointments funded by Medicare per year. This has reduced barriers to access for those who need mental health care, regardless of income or background.
Furthermore, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been introduced to provide support to those with significant and permanent disability, which includes mental illness. The NDIS can provide participants with access to therapy, psychology, and psychiatry, as well as support for other services like accommodation and employment.
The availability of free mental health services through community health centers and general practitioners has also improved over the years. Many people who would previously have delayed seeking help due to financial difficulties can now get access to the help they need. These qualified professionals can offer advice, support, counseling, resources and treatments based on individual needs.
Overall, breaking the stigma around mental health and ensuring access to mental health care is essential to building a healthier society. Individuals should never feel ashamed about seeking help for their mental health, and free access to mental healthcare resources should be a right for all Australians. The introduction of mental health care plans for all and other various changes are significant steps towards building a society where everyone has access to the care they need. Let us continue to accept mental health struggles as a natural aspect of human experience and provide support to those who are navigating tough times.