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Paul Edwards posted a topic in Every little bit helps"Cancer can, at times, leave you feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Counselling can help by giving you the opportunity to talk through your problems and by helping you develop new ways of coping." In today's teleconference our guest speaker, Dr Addie Wootten, mentioned that Queensland was the only state where the local Cancer Council offers access to counselling with cancer-specific psychologists. To find out more about the Cancer Council Queensland's Cancer Counselling Service: Click on this link Phone 131120 or speak to your GP
A recent UK study found that 75% of cancer patients, who were diagnosed with depression, were not receiving adequate treatment. While depression is common among men with prostate cancer, it can be treated. Tackling depression early may mean that you can deal with other problems more easily and quickly. Ways to help manage depression can include: ·Counselling Ask your treatment team or call the Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20 for more information. Your GP can help you access the Medicare-funded Better Access initiative, which provides counselling with social workers and psychologists. A free consultation with a psychologist is available through prostmate.org.au ·Medication This is helpful for some people. Even if you feel you have good reason to be depressed, medication can help stop depression becoming an additional problem. For information on depression and tips on overcoming it, contact: beyondblue – 1300 224 636 – www.beyondblue.org.au Black Dog Institute – www.blackdoginstitute.org.au Lifeline 24-hour Telephone Crisis Support – 13 11 14 – www.lifeline.org.au