We can all become anxious and depressed at various times in our life, and this can start to affect how we function and cope. The Next Step program can help you work through difficult times in your life that impact the way you function day to day.
What is Next Step?
Next Step is a free and confidential psychological support service which helps you access the best type of mental health support to meet your individual needs. Next Step is delivered by specially trained coaches (see picture) who are not counsellors or psychologists.
How does Next Step work?
Next Step is a short-term intensive program that uses a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach to help you work through problems you may be experiencing in your life. It is a form of guided self-help and offers practical strategies to help you work through problems such as mild anxiety, depression and day to day life stress.
How many sessions can I have?
You can access up to six sessions through the Next Step program. These can be delivered in person or over the phone. If you find that you need more than this number of sessions you can speak with your coach about the other options available to support your mental health.
How do I access Next Step?
To be eligible for Next Step you need to:
- be over 16 years of age
- live, work or study in the ACT
- be experiencing mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety, or experiencing stress that is impacting your life
- not currently accessing other psychological intervention services
To speak with a member of our team about the program or to Self-Refer please:
- Phone (02) 6287 8066 (during business hours).
- Alternatively, you can speak to your GP about the Next Step Program or visit www.next-step.org.au for more information.
Next Step seeks to use the least intensive method of care first. We will work with you and together decide what help and support you may need. There is no charge for the Next Step program.
Please note that Next Step is not a crisis service. If you need emergency assistance please contact Emergency Services on 000 or the Access Mental Health team on 1800 629 354.
“The Next Step program enabled me to bring back pleasurable activities into my life that had disappeared due to my attention being on surviving and coping in a very stressful situation. I was able to institute a new schedule for everyday life, which created space for myself again.”
“I believe that the program has helped me immensely and I would thoroughly recommend it to anybody, who is dealing with mild cases of depression, anxiety or stress. My coach was great, was always calm and very easy to talk to. They provided good tips and plenty of things to think about, including strategies to relieve my anxiety and stress levels.”