Taking care of your mental health

This has been a strange and trying year for many people in different ways.

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For some, family tensions have heightened by working from home and coping with home schooling. Others have faced reduced work hours and resulting lower income or even job losses, while some people have had to cope directly with COVID-19. 

All of these issues can create, or increase, worry and anxiety. Everyone handles these stresses differently and it’s sometimes hard to know where to turn or what to do. 

As a TelstraSuper member you can access Mental Health Navigator, a free confidential service run by Best Doctors® through MLC Life Insurance. It’s open to all members and their immediate family, even if you don’t have insurance through your TelstraSuper account. 

Mental Health Navigator can provide expert mental health guidance on treatment options for the best path forward. It’s a way of quickly finding assistance you may need through access to a network of leading clinical psychologists and psychiatrists. You don’t need to have seen a doctor or been diagnosed with any medical ‘condition’. You can also use the service to provide a second opinion if you have already seen a health professional. It’s designed to help you, or your family member, if you:

  • don’t feel like your normal self 
  • haven’t received a formal diagnosis but you’re seeking support
  • aren’t improving after a diagnosis or treatment
  • aren’t sure if your diagnosis or treatment plan is correct
  • want assurance on the next step or want help navigating the mental health system.

Mental Health Navigator is a discreet service which is accessible with a phone call. Your initial discussion is with a Best Doctors dedicated mental health nurse who can guide you through the process. The nurse will assess your needs, provide ongoing support and put you in contact with an expert who can provide specialist support and guidance. Through video phone discussions they will review your mental health condition and suggest a clear action plan. The nurse is available for up to six months to provide further support if you need it. 

The whole service is confidential and at no cost and is also available to your immediate family members including children aged over 18, parents, your partner and partner’s parents.  

Nadia's Story

After experiencing low moods, poor sleep for two years and needing to regularly take time off work, Nadia accessed Mental Health Navigator.

Following a tele-health assessment, Nadia was diagnosed with a major depressive disorder. Nadia’s symptoms reduced dramatically since starting her treatment recommended by Best Doctors and she’s back at work full time.

“I accessed Mental Health Navigator through my insurance with MLC Life Insurance. Everything was so prompt. The best thing is the fact that they made me feel comfortable. I started to go out more spend time with family and friends.”

Nadia, MLC Life Insurance customer

Watch Nadia's story

Contact Mental Health Navigator

Call the Best Doctors Hotline on 1800 186 088 Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm (AEST) or contact Best Doctors online.

Where else you can go for help

Other organisations you may find helpful 

Important Information 

The Mental Health Navigator and Best Doctors services are available through MLC Life Insurance to eligible TelstraSuper members as well as their immediate families including children, parents, partners and a partner’s parents. For mental health, Best Doctors is only available if you are 18 years of age or over. The Mental Health Navigator and Best Doctors services are available to TelstraSuper members because MLC Life Insurance is TelstraSuper’s group life and income protection insurer.  TelstraSuper disclaims all responsibility and liability with respect to the services.

Best Doctors services are not available for acute care (emergency room) cases or dental conditions.

Best Doctors and MLC Limited do not pay the costs for medical treatment, travel, accommodation and any other associated costs.

Best Doctors isn’t insurance (including health insurance) and it doesn’t replace your relationship with your doctors or medical specialists. MLC Limited reserves the right to withdraw the service at any time or to change the terms on which the service is provided to TelstraSuper members. 

MLC Limited ABN 90 000 000 402 AFSL 230694 (the Insurer or MLC Life Insurance) uses the MLC brand under licence. MLC Limited is part of the Nippon Life Insurance Group and not a part of the NAB Group of Companies. Any references to ‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our’ means MLC Limited.