Townsville’s population is set to boom in 2021, estimated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to become the first city in Northern Australia to reach 200,000 residents.
Despite a thriving population, locals will attest the Townsville community can feel as close-knit as a small country town. A morning walk on the Strand, enjoying a meal on Palmer Street or cheering on the kids’ footy team can often lead families, friends and colleagues to cross paths unexpectedly.
While these serendipitous connections are all part of Townsville’s charm, the thought of ‘being spotted’ walking into a psychologist’s office can be a cause of genuine concern for some people.
This hesitation isn’t surprising. While much has been done to reduce the stigma of mental ill-health, popular media inundates us daily with inaccurate portrayals of mental illness. Running the gamut from power-hungry villains to miracle-working surgeons, today’s trending television shows have us believing mental illness is both cruel and unusual.
Yet statistically speaking mental illness is hardly unusual, with almost half (45 %) of Australians experiencing a mental health condition in their lifetime. And many mental health concerns are highly treatable if help is sought from an experienced psychologist, counsellor or social worker.
Are you grappling with a mental health concern or want to maintain your mental wellbeing? Making an appointment with the team at OnBundock’s Townsville team is a simple first step. With no referral necessary, a visit to OnBundock will provide you with a relaxed, non-judgemental and confidential environment to explore what a mentally health lifestyle means to you.
And for those still hesitant to step into a psychologist’s office, we offer discreet parking at the rear of our Bundock Street and Kings Road offices. To set yourself on a path to wellness with the help of our Townsville-based psychologists or social workers, call OnBundock today on 07 4722 9800.