4 August 2023
Improve your mental health with Child Care Super’s 360Health Virtual Care program.
Does feeling less energetic or wanting to sleep and sometimes eat more sound familiar? But what does it mean if you’ve been feeling this way for a long time? Have you ever wondered if you might be depressed?
“Whether we realise it or not, we are constantly impacted by things going on around us, which truly affect the way we feel1,” explains Dr Monika Roots, Teladoc’s Senior Medical Director of Behavioural Health.
“Your mental health affects your ability to carry on your daily living activities and do them to the best of your ability 2 ”.
Depression can be brought on by a variety of factors such as major changes in your life or routine (for example, the loss of a loved one, or pet, starting college or a new job, moving to a new city, or having a baby). Genetics as well as changes in your brain’s chemistry can trigger depression too.
Signs of depression
Everyone expresses depression in different ways, but here are some common symptoms:
Prolonged sadness or feelings of “darkness”
Sleeping a lot more or less
Eating a lot more or less
Not being interested in activities you normally enjoy
Wanting to cry a lot, having trouble controlling emotions
Loss of focus, inability to concentrate or make decisions
Making impulsive decisions
Trouble remembering things
Headaches, unexplained body aches
Feeling worthless or guilty; thoughts of death or suicide
Not being able to “snap out of it!"
Ways to cope with depression
You have many options to counteract the ways depression affects you emotionally and physically. Try adding a couple of these activities to modify your lifestyle:
Exercise: the type and duration don’t matter; just do something that you like to do as long as it moves your body
Make healthy eating choices: this includes drinking lots of water and avoiding alcohol
Seek therapy: developing a relationship with someone who won’t judge you and will keep your conversation confidential is a great step toward helping you feel better emotionally, mentally, and physically.
While anyone can experience depression at any time, if you feel as though you’ve been struggling to overcome it, now is a good time to get help. Child Care Super can support its members to improve their mental health through their award-winning program 360Health Virtual Care. Virtual Care is confidential and is available to Child Care Super members at no extra cost.
How is Child Care Super helping members improve their mental health?
If you are a member of Child Care Super you can access a range of virtual health care services through 360Health Virtual Care that can help you get the right diagnosis, treatment plan, and information to get you on the path to recovery.
Fitness and Recovery - discuss your fitness and recovery goals with an exercise physiologist and receive an action plan and ongoing support.
Nutrition Consult - discuss your nutrition and general wellbeing with a qualified dietitian and receive a bespoke action plan and ongoing support for your diet.
Mental Health Assist - access an in-depth mental health review with a psychologist or psychiatrist and receive a detailed report outlining a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Ask a Clinician – ask a mental health question through the Virtual Care portal or mobile app and receive a response from a mental health clinician within 24 hours.
How it works:
If you are a Child Care Super member, Virtual Care is available to you, your partner and your children.
Talk to a clinician - a clinician will contact you to understand your background and to determine the objectives you want to achieve.
Receive a bespoke report - receive recommendations and a personalised action plan.
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Roots, Monika. Direct Quote. May 2018
Beyond Blue. Statistics Page last accessed 24 May 2022
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