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NewAccess early mental health support is changing South Australian lives

Issued: 10 October 2017

This Mental Health Week and World Mental Health Day, Tamara Horsnell shares how the NewAccess mental health support program changed her life and gave her the tools she needs to manage her own anxiety.

“People wait until things get catastrophic and NewAccess can prevent things from going too far,” Tamara said.

NewAccess is a free six-week coaching program that teaches people simple tasks week by week and offers practical tips and tools to help people who are struggling with mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression, or just the day to day pressures of life.

Sessions can be conducted face to face, over the phone or using video Apps such as FaceTime and Skype, making NewAccess accessible to people living in remote areas.

“My coach, Rob, taught me to address the initial signs and triggers so I can deal with them immediately and they don’t turn into something major. I’ve found the answers I’d been looking for and am becoming very self-aware and making real progress,” Tamara said.

“By getting on top of my anxiety I’m finally achieving my goals. From not being able to get out of bed, I’ve now finished university with honours, been promoted at work, am travelling and getting healthy.”

“I want to share my story to remove the stigma around mental health and encourage other people to get help.”

According to NewAccess coach, Matt Ragless, being in a position to see real change in people’s lives is one of the best things about the job.

“All our coaches have real life experience – they’ve worked in a range of different careers before becoming a coach and I think that makes a real impact on our ability to connect with our clients and understand some of the life stresses they are facing,” said Matt.

“In addition to the real life experience the coaches bring, they also undertake significant intensive training and receive regular on the job training and ongoing clinical support.”

“The help we offer is practical and tangible. It’s not so much about counselling as it is about coaching.”

“We look for real actions with our clients and practical steps they can take to help move beyond their current circumstances.”

Mental Health Week runs from 8 – 14 October 2017 and World Mental Health Day is 10 October 2017.

To make a NewAccess appointment call 1800 010 630 or visit www.rtwsa.com/newaccess.