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If you or someone you know is having trouble coping mentally with any aspect of their pet, including grief or bereavement after the loss of a loved animal, there are many options for support. Here are some - most are Australia-wide, some are ACT-specific. These services, other than the Vet-specific services listed below, are available to clients and vets alike.

Free 24 Hour Helplines

Lifeline (131 114)
MensLine (1300 789 978)
beyondblue (1300 224 636)
SuicideLine (1300 651 251)
Kids Helpline (1800 551 800)
SANE Australia (1800 187 263)

GP (Medicare Subsidised Support)

See your regular GP to get a Mental Health Care Plan,

which gives you access to:

6 initial counselling sessions subsidised by Medicare

(after first GP consultation)

4 further counselling sessions subsidised by Medicare

(after second GP consultation)


Sites to find a counsellor, psychologist, psychiatrist, psychotherapist
A counsellor recommended by Brudine (ie the options that Fiona recommended to Annie who are also happy to be on this page)

Grief/Bereavement Support

Wendy Till, Social Worker, TODO:best contact details?
DAS person

For Vets

For AVA Members
Australian Veterinary Association Telephone Counselling Service (1800 337 068)

AVA Vet Health/


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