Mental Health Spotlight: Seeking out Mental Health Support

We all have good days and bad days. Then there are those days when something isn't quite right, you've got something on your mind, or things just seem too much. It can make a real difference having someone to talk to. To hear what you have to say. And to give you advice.

By Tim Hoopmann

Take the Beyond Blue Mental Health Check-In

Completing the check-in will help you understand what kind of support you might need right now. Beyond Blue are here to help you find that support.

You will be asked 10 questions about how you’ve been feeling over the past 4 weeks. Your answers will help:

  • measure your level of distress
  • help you find the support that’s right for you.

Your answers and your result are anonymous. You can decide what you want to do with your result. Beyond Blue will give you some recommendations to get you started.

The check-in is an evidence-based assessment known as the K10. It’s commonly used by Australian GPs (doctors) and mental health professionals to understand the level of support you may need.

What will happen after the check-in?

  • Find out what range of distress you fall into, ranging from low to very high.
  • Learn what that means.
  • Get recommendations about what steps to take next.
  • Get help to find the support that’s right for you.

Beyond Blue won’t diagnose you with a mental health condition. Only a mental health professional can give you a diagnosis.

Beyond Blues free mental health services help connect you to that person.

Connect with Beyond Blues online peer support community.

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Talk or chat online to a counsellor

If you’re going through a hard time right now, the Beyond Blue Support Service is available 24/7 for brief counselling. Their counsellors will listen and help you find the extra mental health help you need.

Get free, confidential counselling by calling 1300 22 4636

Find a mental health professional

Looking for ongoing mental health services? Beyond Blue explain what different mental health professionals do and how to find one near you.


Tim Hoopmann is a speaker, mentor and coach, with a passion for growing small business through using technology to increase productivity and reduce costs. He is also a volunteer speaker for Beyond Blue, working to raise awareness of anxiety and depression, reduce the associated stigma and encourage people to get help.

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