Physical and mental health are not inevitably linked

John Feneley

NSW Mental Health Commissioner

They can also be frightening and confronting for others — including GPs — especially if someone is exhibiting unusual behaviour in response to their experience.

Supporting someone with severe mental illness can be professionally challenging and emotionally demanding, but GPs are often in the best position to give that support.

They may have insight into social, family and medical background, placing the illness into context and