The hardest step towards getting help is recognising something’s wrong.

If you can’t help your loved one to acknowledge there’s a problem, then encourage them to see a professional who can assess their symptoms and provide a diagnosis and treatment options.

We recommend you check out SANE Australia’s resources, such as ‘Something’s not quite right’.

Professionals who can help

A doctor is the best person to see for non-urgent cases. Doctors can assess whether symptoms are caused by any other illness. They may then refer their patient on to a mental health practitioner trained in treating mental health conditions, or (if they have been trained themselves to know know a lot about mental illness) they can provide treatment at their clinic.

Other sources of help



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For use by families where a parent has a mental illness, their supporters, and services who work with them.