Mental health at BCH

Everyone has mental health, just like everyone has general or physical health. This page will cover what mental health is and how we at BCH can help you to optimise yours.

Those of us who experience mental health challenges can live wonderfully meaningful and rich lives with the right support and management. Much like our physical health, our mental wellbeing is dynamic and changeable. Think of a line or continuum where you have good mental health at one end and serious illness at the opposite end: our minds are always moving back and forth along this line.

   

Key lifestyle factors for mental health

Healthy eating

Having a healthy diet and avoiding processed foods. Speak to our dietitians for advice about this.

Connect

Connecting with others [social interactions boost our wellbeing; spend more time with people you care about]

Spend time outdoors

Going outside and spending time in nature is important for our physical and mental health.

Talk about your feelings

Sometimes we need to talk to someone privately about what we are experiencing, especially if we have experienced trauma. Our counselling team is here for you.

Regular exercise

Walk, run or work with our exercise physiologists to develop a program that’s right for you.

What else is going on?

Mental health can be situational, and can be exacerbated by what’s going on in your life and the world in general—the COVID-19 pandemic, for example.

Get enough sleep

Sleep gives our brain downtime to process what’s happened that day. Poor sleep is linked to negative thinking, depression, anxiety and poor resilience.

Limit alcohol & drugs

If you would like to talk about issues with alcohol or drugs, our AOD team are here to help you.

If you need immediate help

  • Call the Beyond Blue helpline on 1300 22 4636 or visit www.beyondblue.org.au/ for a confidential online chat.

  • Call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or visit www.lifeline.org.au/ for confidential online chat or text services.

  • If your life is in danger, call 000 immediately.

  • You can also visit the Department of Health & Human Services’ page on mental health.

Contact us

To access services at Ballarat Community Health, make an enquiry via the customer service menu to the right-hand side of the screen, or call us on (03) 5338 4500.

It can be confusing, so if you need help with the My Aged Care process, navigating the website or any general assistance, please call us.

Speaking your language

At Ballarat Community health, diversity is respected and celebrated, and we’re proud to work with people from many different non-English speaking backgrounds.

If you would prefer to communicate with a service provider in your home language, you can now access the National Multilingual Disability Hub: a national multilingual hotline and website that provides information in-language on disability and the NDIS.

For health professionals

Health professionals wanting to refer clients to Ballarat Community Health should call (03) 5338 4500 or direct the referral enquiry to intake@bchc.org.au.

Fees

You can download a copy of the schedule of fees for our counselling services here.

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