Mental health profile - Dr Darcy Smith

WA GP Dr Darcy Smith has worked in the mental health sector for 20 years or more, but it was the work that came to him, not the other way around.

“My interest in the area came about because so many of my patients came to me with mental health issues,” he said. “There were so many that I decided I should look at the best way I could provide services to them, and it became an evolving interest which has lasted ever since.”

In that time Dr Smith has served on the WA state government’s mental health committee, been part of a working party for the promotion of early intervention in mental health and chaired the RACGP’s General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration.

“It is obvious the future of mental health is in prevention and in better mental health literacy,” he said.

“GPs are not as big a part of that prevention and early intervention as they should be.”