The Black Dog Institute estimates mental health issues cost the Australian economy around $12 billion a year
Over 60% of people with severe levels of distress drink alcohol to manage stress
of people in the past year felt so stressed they were overwhelmed or unable to cope
Heart disease is the number one cause of death for men in Australia
Mindfulness | Five minutes a day for better mental healthBecause we have such busy lives, we may find ourselves on autopilot, which can lead to errors and stress. Mindfulness involves taking one moment to steer our attention and shift gears to what is in front of us. Learn a five minute mindfulness activity you can do anywhere.
Stress programs and support
Stress management programs
You can claim for recognised stress management programs under the Wellbeing benefits section of your Extras cover. We’ll need to see an outline of the course, including expected outcomes, to be able to pay benefits. If you’d like to check if your course is covered, send the program or a website link to email@example.com or call our Member Care team on 1300 654 123. The amount you can claim depends on the Health Management limit of your Extras cover. Check your policy for details or view CBHS Extras cover.
Better Living programs
CBHS Better Living programs can help you manage the mental health impacts of stress, offering individual assessments of your needs and health coaching over a period of four to six months. This involves video and/or phone consultations with psychologists and/or mental health nurses and up to 15 coaching sessions. These sessions support behavioural and lifestyle changes that can help improve your mental health and wellbeing. These programs are designed to complement, not replace, existing clinical treatment or therapy. Read more about our Better Living programs.
Talk to someone
Many people find talking to an impartial person can help with stress. Psychologists are trained to recognise stress and anxiety disorders, and psychology is covered under CBHS Extras. Psychologists can help patients change the thought patterns that contribute to stress and find better ways to manage persistent levels of acute stress. Check your policy for details or view CBHS Extras cover.
Hospital care at home
If your stress has reached acute levels you may be able to get hospital grade care in the comfort of your own home with our Hospital Substitute Treatment programs (HST). Our HST program provides multi-disciplinary care for people with ongoing and complex psychiatric issues. As well as mental health support through consultations and group sessions (in some circumstances held in clinics) you may be able to get help with personal care and home support so you can concentrate on getting well. Read more about our Hospital Substitute Treatment program or call the CBHS Health and Wellness team on 1300 174 534.