These are the people you described as being “the worried well” and the program a “travesty” during your aggressive campaign against the Better Access to Mental Health initiative.
As shared by Crystal – a proud psychologist in a rural area ...
Today is a day of seeing rural people with a double crisis in mental health – the severely depressed and anxious are told the government has ceased their Medicare rebate. Some have been dreading this day for months, "but there is a senate inquiry we are waiting on, how can they cut our Better Access?"
1 man, 80s, just lost wife to Alzheimer’s, looked stricken, "this can't happen" to mental health in Australia "Surely we could ask Pat McGorry to help"
A young mother in 30s, husband left her after horrific car accident, PTSD, baby 6 months, "can't feel close to her" 10th Better Access appointment = last
Child care worker in 20s, not spoken about child sexual abuse before, courage after 10yrs silence, trust poor, 12th Better Access appointment = last
Man 30's, mother died of cancer, family estranged, divorce pending, work injury not acknowledged by Workcover, difficulty speaking, last Better Access appointment
Woman 50s, son terminal cancer, abuse history, very poor supports, social anxiety paralysis, DSP, rural area, son death, 13th Better Access appointment = last
Teacher in indigenous school, abuse history, panic attacks, drives 90 mins for appointments, rural, colleague death last week, 14th Better Access appointment = no more
Gutsy woman in 30s, chronic pain disorder, sons have ASD, DSP, abuse history, self-harming & trust battle, Better Access gone, rural, Mental Health support gone
13yr old girl, 2 suicide attempts, parents divorcing, State MH services said she is “ok”, panic attacks & school a daily battle, 14th Better Access appointment = last
Big silent ex-ambo, paralysed in PTSD, nightmares, panic, humiliation, trust THE issue, 2 psychs b4 me, 15th Better Access = last, no more MH support
Step-dad & dad to developmentally delayed kids, wife died from cancer, travels 45mins to his 9th Better Access appointment for severe depression, rural, planning final appointment for 2011
I will keep going because somebody needs to tell their story. Dozens more are in the same position. These are the people affected by mental health "reform"
Young digger, ex-Iraq, does not trust DVA or centres, severe PTSD, self disgust as frequently soils himself, panic & triggers, 2 Better Access appointments left
Recently homed homeless, methadone progress, severe PTSD/abuse history, just started a job, ongoing self-harm, state mental health not see, 16th Better Access appointment = no more
These people, let's not forget they ARE people, live in rural areas. Most can't pay, most won't be seen by the State, no headspace centres, no other access to mental health services
Mother, 20s, 1st baby died SIDS months ago, husband not coping, disoriented & poor supports, suicidal thoughts, 8th Better Access appointment, no other MH services
Woman, 40s, ex-foster/street kid, trauma history, just received department file, panic, work marginal 14th Better Access appointment, no MH support after 01/11
From next week some people in my rural area will have no MH support. They’ll need to go to an emergency department, wait 2-4 wks for a GP, there is some intake to State services but they are ineligible, 10+ Better Access appointments no joke
Last Better Access appointment for 2011 for a woman, 40s, 3 kids, fleeing domestic violence, PTSD, child sex abuse history, severe depression, no access to other MH services
Appointment with woman, 40s just disclosed child sex abuse after 9 appts, 10th Better Access today. Took this long to open, nowhere to go. Disgrace
The shock people have as I prep & help plan for Better Access cut=bad. Still talking to psychs who are unaware of Tuesday's cuts=horrendous
16 yr old male, bullied, parents divorcing, tension filled home, feels alone, Better Access cut, who will drive him over hr to headspace?
Psychiatrist visits 1 day/two weeks in my area. Takes 2 months for emergency appointment. Psychiatrist partnership = medication, Better Access = therapy
ATAPS has no practitioner choice, provisional registered psych, long waiting list & will be much worse once Better Access goes, new funding insufficient
Better Access critics say ATAPS case management, but most don't want clinical team of psychiatrist, nurse, psychologist, etc State provides this
Most Better Access people want psychological treatment with psych as it works. It's cheap, non-intrusive & who is govt to choose what works?