About the program
What is low mood and depression?
Low mood is quite normal. Most people will experience it every now and then. Usually, low mood tends to lift after a short period of time. But what if it doesn’t go away? Then, as with depression, you can experience other symptoms like disturbed sleep, low energy and poor concentration, a loss of appetite, crying, self-criticism, guilt, feelings of hopelessness and even suicidal thoughts.
When this happens, it can become increasingly difficult to function normally in the important areas of your life, such as work and relationships. Persistent low mood and depression may not resolve itself. In most cases professional help is needed to help you overcome the effects of persistent low mood and depression.
Our multi-disciplinary team is made up of highly skilled and experienced Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Mental Health Clinical Nurses, Occupational Therapist, Exercise Physiologist and Registrar of Psychiatry.
About the program
The program is based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which has been shown through research to be the most effective psychological treatment for persistent low mood and depression.
Everyone who participates in the day program for Low Mood and Depression receives a treatment plan which aims to meet their individual needs. This treatment plan will include input from the multi-disciplinary team and will involve group therapy and possibly follow up individual consultations.
Group Therapy: This involves meeting with a small group of patients (maximum 10 participants) once a week who all suffer from depression over a 10 week period. Each group is facilitated by experienced mental health clinicians. The key objectives of the group program are for patients to learn how to apply CBT strategies that could aid in symptom relief, and also to help prevent relapse. The program will take place on Fridays. All materials relevant to participating in the program, including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included.
If you think this might be beneficial for you, please see your GP and they will organise a referral if appropriate.
Private Health Funds: Most funds will cover the cost of the program.
DVA card holders: The DVA will cover the cost of the program.
Self-funding: Available upon approval.
For GPs - Referrals
If your patient is assessed as meeting the eligibility for our program, please call 1300 780 413 for more information about the program including available psychiatrists.
Referrals can be forwarded to Cooinda Mental Health Service at firstname.lastname@example.org