For 24/7 Mental Health Phone Support, members with hospital cover can call 1800 644 325.~ Find out more here

Where to go for help

Guiding you towards the right mental health support.

You are not alone

You are one of a growing number of people who appreciate the importance of mental health to our overall health and wellbeing. And acknowledging that you or your loved one may need help is a big step in the right direction.

The pages here will provide helpful guidance to better understand the mental health support options available, as an Australian resident and as a Medibank member.

Jump to section: Speaking to a professional | Online tools and self-help | Going to hospital

Not sure where to start? Medibank Mental Health Phone Support can help.

When you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, it can be hard to know where to go for support. Members with hospital cover can talk to a mental health professional any time of the day or night at no extra cost. Δ~

 

Speaking with a mental health professional

As with other health issues, speaking with your GP is an important first step towards mental health care and support. Assessing your symptoms, your GP can develop a mental health care plan specific to your needs, or refer you to more specialised treatment.

With a GP referral and a care plan, anyone with Medicare can access up to 20 subsidised specialist appointments per year. Medibank members with eligible extras cover can also claim benefits for consultations with a psychologist or Medibank-recognised counsellor, up to their annual limit.§ 

Finding the right mental health professional for you 

What’s the difference between a psychologist and a counsellor? Our guide will give you the confidence to take the first step and find the right fit.

Using your cover for mental health support                            

Discover how hospital and extras cover can help if you or a family member are experiencing a mental health issue.

Seeking help: the basics 

If you need help because you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health condition, here are the basics.

Medibank 24/7 Mental Health Phone Support

For when you need professional advice or support around mental health or wellbeing.

What to expect when you see a psychologist        

Taking the first step can be daunting. We explain what to expect from your first session with a psychologist, and how to get the most out of it. 

Online tools and support

Online resources can provide a reliable and discrete way to seek out further information and support for all manner of mental health needs. 

Introducing the Better Minds App

Medibank’s Better Minds app provides wellbeing checks, personalised skills training and one-on-one coaching with health professionals for anyone who may need extra support.

The top 3 apps to help with stress and anxiety

Researchers at Deakin University assessed more than 40 mental health apps and the results are in.

13 digital tools for your mental health and wellbeing

If you’re finding it challenging to speak with a mental health professional, or support services are far away or don’t fit with your schedule, here are some tools and services that can help.

Going to hospital 

Some mental health conditions may require a hospital admission. Many public and private hospitals provide mental health services.  Referrals for hospital treatment can come from your GP, an emergency department or community mental health team.

Find out more about using your cover for a mental health hospital admission.

 

Make the most of your cover 

As an eligible Medibank member, you get more than just health insurance. You get extra support when you need it most. 

Medibank Better Minds App 

Want to manage your mental health on your own terms, in your own time? Medibank’s Better Minds app provides personalised support and follow ups by health professionals for those at risk, all included in your hospital cover.

No waiting periods on psychology and counselling consultations

You shouldn’t have to wait for your health insurance to claim for mental health support. That’s why there are no waiting periods for counselling and psychology consultations on Medibank extras and packaged products.§

Telehealth services

Access mental health services from the comfort of your own home. Medibank members with eligible extras can access psychology or counselling consultations face-to-face or through telehealth, with benefits payable towards Medibank recognised Counsellors only.#

Looking for more?
Learn more about using your cover and exclusive services to support you and your family. View all services.

Things you need to know

Δ    For members with hospital cover. Some referred services may involve out-of-pocket costs.

~    OSHC members should call the Student Health and Support Line on 1800 887 283.

Not available for members with extras only cover, Overseas Student Health Cover or Overseas Workers or Visitors Health Cover.

#    Check your cover summary to see if these services are included on your extras cover and if annual limits apply.  Counsellors must be registered with Australian Counselling Association, Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia, Australian Traditional Medicine Society.   

§    For members with mental health support included in their Extras cover. Annual limits apply. Counsellors must be registered with Australian Counselling Association, Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia, Australian Traditional Medicine Society.   

While we hope you find this information helpful, please note that it is general in nature. It is not health advice, and is not tailored to meet your individual health needs. You should always consult a trusted health professional before making decisions about your health care. While we have prepared the information carefully, we can’t guarantee that it is accurate, complete or up-to-date. And while we may mention goods or services provided by others, we aren’t specifically endorsing them and can’t accept responsibility for them. For these reasons we are unable to accept responsibility for any loss that may be sustained from acting on this information (subject to applicable consumer guarantees). 

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