LEADING THE WAY IN MENTAL HEALTH CARE – THAT’S UNCOMMON CARE
We’re committed to giving our members the best mental health care. It’s why we’ve developed a unique range of mental health programs that ensure you get the right support and treatment – no matter where you are on your mental health journey.
Our range of programs include:
- access to a supportive online community and trained health coaches for members who want to change their relationship with alcohol
- free access to Calm Kid Central, an online educational and support program to help kids aged 4–11 manage their big feelings^
- online video consultations with a qualified mental health professional through our partner PSYCH2U, including additional support after Medicare entitlements for eligible members~
- navigation support and treatment for anxiety and depression
- free online self-help courses through THIS WAY UP (when prescribed by a clinician)
- access to Woebot*, an automated mental health chatbot.
Being there for you, when you need it most.
LOOKING FOR MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FROM YOUR HEALTH FUND?
CHANGE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ALCOHOL
We’re leading the way in mental health care. That’s why we connect members who want to change their relationship with alcohol, with a supportive online community and trained health coaches.
This is made possible through a partnership with non-profit, Hello Sunday Morning – to give HCF members free access to additional services offered by Daybreak – an anonymous alcohol support program.
Connecting you with an online community of like-minded people facing the same challenges, the program provides access to trained health coaches and guidance in the app and other additional benefits available to HCF members.
It's Easy to Access Mental Health Support
HELP FOR KIDS WITH BIG FEELINGS
Eligible members get free and confidential access to an online educational and support program through our partnership with Calm Kid Central^. The programs help kids aged 4–11 with:
- access to a team of experienced child psychologists, who'll answer unlimited questions within 48 hours
- videos and articles to help you support your child emotionally
- courses and resources for children to help them better manage their feelings.
PROFESSIONAL MENTAL HEALTH VIDEO CONSULTATIONS
We’re connecting eligible members to easy-to-access, qualified professionals, to help with stress, anxiety and depression~. Why could this be right for you? During the last month, did you feel:
- nervous, anxious, restless or fidgety?
- so depressed that nothing could cheer you up?
- that everything was an effort?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, then please get in touch with our partner PSYCH2U on 1300 472 866. For help finding the right online self-service programs email our Mental Health and Wellbeing team.
YOUR 24/7 SELF-CARE EXPERT
Woebot* is an automated mental health chatbot – a robot designed to help you learn about yourself, improve your mood and awareness and manage your state of mind.
Designed by psychologists from Stanford University, Woebot delivers evidenced-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles in a relaxed conversational way.
FREE ONLINE SELF-HELP COURSES
Access a range of online courses through THIS WAY UP*, an initiative developed by experienced psychiatrists and clinical psychologists, to help you take control of your mental wellbeing.
Clinically proven, the courses are designed to help you understand and improve mental challenges like stress, insomnia, worry, anxiety and depression. From 1 July 2020, if you access the courses without a supervising clinician the cost is $59 for each course. However, if prescribed by a clinician the courses are free.
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MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING PROGRAM: FAQs
I have more questions about the program – who can I speak to?
Our Health and Wellbeing team are here to help. Email one of our friendly experts. They’ll aim to get back to you within two business days.
How will I know if I’m eligible for a video session with a mental health professional?
During the COVID-19 crisis you can contact PSYCH2U on 1300 472 866 to find out about eligibility.
Are the online sessions confidential? Will my doctor get my results?
Will I have the same mental health professional for all my sessions?
You can choose to have the same mental health professional during your PSYCH2U sessions. Keep in mind, if you’ve asked for a particular person, your wait times may be longer.
Who is eligible for Calm Kid Central?
If you’ve held hospital or extras cover for 12 months and have a child aged between aged 4–11 years old on your policy, you and your child may be eligible for Calm Kid Central at no cost^. Excluded on Accident Only Basic cover and Overseas Visitors Health cover.
If you're struggling with depression and/or anxiety, and need to speak to someone now, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
*This service is not affiliated or associated with HCF in any way. You should make your own enquiries to determine whether this service is suitable for you. If you decide to use this service, it'll be on the basis that HCF won't be responsible, and you won't hold HCF responsible, for any liability that may arise from that use.
^You must have hospital or extras cover for 12 months, excludes Accident Only Basic cover and Overseas Visitors Health Cover.
~Must have gold hospital cover for 12 months. Other eligibility criteria apply.
HCF leads the way in mental health care by providing members access to a unique mental health program. This is substantiated through market analysis which shows that HCF's program is uncommon in the way that it connects its members to a wider range of mental health services, giving its members greater flexibility and choice. Furthermore, the market analysis shows that the HCF mental health program helps members navigate the public and private mental health services available.