Beyondblue are starting up a new program named NewAccess reports ABC News.
The goal of NewAccess is to help people identify the signs of depression early and seek help before their condition worsens, thus creating more problems for themselves and other support services.
CEO of Beyondblue Kate Carnell claims the new service which is due to start in October is an Australian first.
“It’s so important to get the support that you need earlier, before the condition worsens,” she said.
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“We know recovery happens lots quicker the earlier you get to it.”
Ms Carnell says the ground-breaking service offers complete privacy.
“It can be accessed on the phone, face-to-face meeting, or there’s even online resources as well,” she said.
“So there’s a real capacity to do it without any of the possible embarrassment or stigma that might be associated with some other services.”
She says it is important people are aware of the symptoms of depression and seek help before it is too late.
“Depression and anxiety doesn’t just impact upon the person who’s experiencing it, it affects the whole family, workplaces, friends,” she said.
“To be able to get in earlier to help recovery occur quicker helps the whole community.”