Peter Mac News


14 September 2023

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Dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment is tough on patients, carers and families and can add a lot of stress and uncertainty. 

It's okay to ask for help and to support others in seeking help. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and seeking support is a sign of strength, not weakness.

R U OK Day is a great opportunity to check in with yourself and those around you and to reach out for support if you need it.

At Peter Mac, we have many supports available for both patients and carers - including psychological support and support groups. 

If you are a patient, please speak with any member of your treating team about mental health referrals. You can also access support groups through our Wellbeing Centre. 

Carers and families can access a number of support services through Peter Mac's Carer Support Program. 

There are also a range of fantastic support services to help you or someone you know navigate tough times. Here are some key resources:

1️⃣ Lifeline Australia: Lifeline provides 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services. You don't have to go through it alone; they're just a phone call away on 13 11 14. 

2️⃣ Beyond Blue: Beyond Blue offers information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health. Check out their website and social media for valuable resources.

3️⃣ Headspace: Headspace is a youth mental health foundation offering online and in-person services for young people aged 12-25. They provide support for a wide range of issues. See the website for more information

4️⃣ Black Dog Institute: Focused on mood disorders, the Black Dog Institute conducts research and provides resources to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness.

5️⃣ SANE Australia: SANE is dedicated to helping Australians affected by complex mental health issues. Their helpline and resources provides lots of helpful information. 

6️⃣ Your General Practitioner (GP): Don't hesitate to speak with your GP about your mental health. They can provide guidance and refer you to specialists if needed.

7️⃣ Online Support Groups: Numerous online communities and forums offer a safe space to connect with others facing similar challenges.