Participant Findings

Service Use and Help Seeking

How someone describes and explains depression may impact on their clinical treatment and decisions they make about treatments.

Treatment approaches need to target multiple areas for depression (e.e., social, environmental, work, stress, medications).

"Going to visit the psychologist because it's made me realise where I'm at, it's been a revelation"

"...(the) best thing for me is talking to people, that helps me a lot because it makes me feel better. Talking to the GP as well helps. I've known my GP all my life and he helps me a lot too which is good."

Ten strategies people tried for depression, stress or worries:

"...trying to keep well with diet, activities...perspective, sleep - getting enough sleep and probably decreasing alcohol consumption."


Name Contact Number
Your GP/family doctor  
Beyondblue 1300 22 4636
National sexual assault, domestic violence counselling service 1800 RESPECT/ 1800 737 732
Drug & Alcohol Counselling & Info 1800 888 236
Gambling Helpline 1800 858 858
Lifeline 13 11 14
Relationships Australia 1300 364 277
SANE Helpline 1800 187 263
Mensline Australia 1300 789 978
Suicide Call Back Service 1800 688 009
Suicide Line (Victoria) 1300 651 251
Women’s Domestic Violence Crisis Service (Victoria) 1800 015 188