GP Tip Sheets

The tip sheets below are designed for GP’s to be able to provide to their patients for a range of mental health difficulties.

These tip sheets are not developed to replace medical or psychological support for patients but rather assist patients to explore alternate ways in managing their challenges.

If you would like a particular tip sheet to be added to this page, please contact us on We are always looking for ways in which we can assist the wider community.

  • Panic Attack Tip Sheet

    A panic attack is a feeling of an overwhelming sense of sudden fear and anxiety. Almost all conditions of anxiety can have panic attacks in their presentation.  However these attacks most commonly affect those who suffer from panic disorder. A common sign or symptom of Panic Disorder occurs when a person experiences repeated panic attacks.…

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  • Anxiety Disorders Tip Sheet

    It is normal to feel anxious or worried at times. However for some people, the feeling of anxiety can be so persistent and overwhelming that people feel controlled by their anxiety, which can be quite debilitating. When someone is feeling persistently anxious in objectively safe situations, it can be described as an anxiety disorder. Such…

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  • Bipolar Disorder Tip Sheet

    Bipolar Disorder is a mood disorder in which a person experiences episodes of clinical depression and mania. Effects differ from person to person, with some experiencing normal living periods with small periods of episodes, and some experiencing constant cycles of depression and mania. People with Bipolar Disorder may find that it affects their everyday life.…

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  • Post-Traumatic Stress Tip Sheet

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) occurs when a person  nds a traumatic event di cult to overcome because the distressing memories, sensations and emotions associated with it continue to intrude into their day-to-day life. Often people who experience PTSD will consciously or unconsciously decide to avoid certain people, objects, sensations (e.g. sounds, smells) or environments that have some association…

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  • Substance Abuse Tip Sheet

    1. Make a Change For most people engaging in substance abuse, the most difficult decision to make is whether or not to give up. They may have a sense that they cannot cope without the substance, so it is understandable that it can initially be very difficult to consider giving up substance use. 2. Consider Treatment Options…

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  • Stress Management Tip Sheet

    Stress is a normal part of life, and can be thought of as an emotional and physical response when we are faced with high demands. The stress response results in chemicals being produced by the body, which increase our ability to focus and elevate our heart rate and blood pressure. This helps us to maintain performance…

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  • Managing Anger Tip Sheet

    What is anger? Anger is a normal emotion. It’s one of many feelings that people can have about things happening in their lives, just like feeling happy or sad. Anger can tell you when to protect yourself, when stand up for yourself, and when you feel your rights (or the rights of someone else) have…

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  • Grief and Loss Tip Sheet

    It is normal for a person to grieve after a loved one has passed away, or some other major loss has occurred. Often a significant loss is followed by an influx of different emotions, possibly at a level never previously experienced. People who are grieving may have the thought that the sadness, anger or guilt will never go away.…

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  • Depression Tip Sheet

    Whilst it is normal to experience short periods when things seem more difficult, if you find these are happening more frequently and more intensely, you might be suffering from what many people refer to as depression. Depression is different to feelings of general sadness – it won’t necessarily have a “cause” or be related to…

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  • Eating Disorders Tip Sheet

    Suffering and recovering from an eating disorder is a very debilitating and challenging experience. There are various types of eating disorders, usually characterised by significantly restricted eating or over-eating. This can affect daily functioning and distort one’s body image perception. It is important for those who suffer disordered eating to seek professional treatment from physical…

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  • Chronic Pain Tip Sheet

    Chronic pain is when a person experiences pain that can range from intense, to a milder level that still significantly impedes functioning. The origin of chronic pain can usually be attributed to an injury or illness that occurred in a person’s life, and the pain they initially feel is a result of this. Sometimes the…

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