A dementia diagnosis can have a significant impact on your life, which can involve experiencing a range of emotions.
Talking with your friends and family about how the diagnosis is affecting you may help you work through your feelings.
There are times when it may be helpful to seek counselling from a health professional including your GP, a psychologist or counsellor.
A telephone and webchat service that offers advice, support and counselling for people with dementia, their carers, family and friends. Operates Monday to Friday, 8am–8pm.
A dementia diagnosis can have a significant impact on your life, which can involve experiencing a range of emotions. Talking with your friends and family about how the diagnosis is affecting you may help you work through your feelings. There are times when it may be helpful to seek counselling from a health professional including your GP, a psychologist or counsellor.
One-on-one support provided by qualified health professionals at Alzheimer’s Queensland over an extended period to facilitate better understanding of dementia, symptoms management and care system navigation.
A website with information on connecting into the Dementia Alliance International (DAI) peer-to-peer support group. It's a small group of people with dementia diagnoses who discuss their experiences, problems and strategies for coping and living positively. These free online support groups are ideal for those who can't get to their local 'in person' support group or who live in isolated areas.
An important resource for any person impacted by any form of dementia, of any age. This guide can help you learn about dementia and the treatments, support and services available. You can also order a free paperback version to be delivered to your home.
A guide providing information on the emotional affects of a dementia diagnosis. It provides tips on coping after receiving the diagnosis and taking steps to gain acceptance and maintain your quality of life for longer.
A webpage providing information about the mental healthcare you can access under Medicare. This includes how to make a mental health treatment plan with your GP, so you receive Medicare rebates for a certain number of your psychologist appointments.
A website and telephone service connecting you to mental health support services in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region. Operates Monday to Friday, 8.30am–4.30pm.
A search tool to help you find registered counsellors. Type your suburb in the search box to find counsellors near you.
There are formal and informal support groups and networks for you, as well as your partner, family, caregiver/s and friends.
You may discover that meeting up with others and seeking assistance from those who are or have had similar situations may reassure you.
It's important to stay healthy by remaining engaged with friends and family, speaking to new people or trying different activities.
A website inspiring people with dementia to live a high quality life. The site encourages you to discover new hobbies and activities and continue participating in the activities you love.
Volunteering is a way to socialise, keep your brain active and contribute to common good. This search tool allows you to find volunteer opportunities near you.
A website that shows you how to register to volunteer with Dementia Australia.
An advocacy program for people with lived experience who want to raise awareness, tackle stigma and discrimination and influence decision-makers.
A search tool to help you find music therapists, as evidence shows that music therapy can improve physical and mental wellbeing. Type your suburb in the search box to find music therapists near you.
If you need support with dealing with the changes that living with dementia present, a social worker can assist you.
They have skills in psychosocial assessment and counselling as well as being able to assist with access to community and government resources.
Social workers can be accessed through community health services and public hospitals.
Social workers may be covered by Medicare and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
A search tool to help you find qualified social workers. Type your suburb in the search box to find social workers near you.
A Centrelink phone line where you can talk to free social workers who provide counselling and information about accessing mental health support services. Social workers can also refer you to other sources of assistance and services. Interpreter services are available.
Mental health and wellbeing
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We would like to express our gratitude to all the healthy ageing advocates, including people living with dementia, older people, families, carers and health professionals, who contributed to the development of this portal. Thank you for sharing your stories and transferring your knowledge to make this portal purposeful and meaningful to support people in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region.