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App means mental health help is a swipe away

app created by South West Sydney Public Health Network

An app created by South West Sydney Public Health Network means help on mental health issues is a swipe away.

Access to local mental health information and a comprehensive directory of programs and services is now a swipe away thanks to a new mobile app.

The app was developed by South Western Sydney Public Health Network (PHN) and One Door Mental Health.

The app, Recovery Point, provides information speci­fic to the South West Sydney region.

It has been developed to assist people who are experiencing mental health concerns and are needing support, as well as their friends, family and carers.

Information includes local mental health programs and services and details of common mental illnesses.

There is also information on different types of mental health professionals and how to access them, emergency and crisis supports, helplines, telephone and online counselling support, online self-help tools and apps, local consumer networks and additional information speci­fic to young people.

The app includes interactive map functionality and the ability to save listings.

South Western Sydney PHN CEO Keith McDonald said the app provided a one-stop shop for mental health information and support that could be accessed anywhere at any time.

“A key feature of the app is a comprehensive directory of local programs and services available across South Western Sydney,” Mr McDonald said.

“The app provides access for those seeking mental health assistance and advice in their own time, when they need it most.”

Those who are concerned about their mental health are still advised to talk to their GP to seek advice, referral and treatment, and rule out any physical health problems that might be contributing to their concerns.

The app is now available to download for free through Google Play and the Apple App Store.

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