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Mental health

Mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community” (WHO)

“Mental health is about wellness rather than illness”

Good mental health and wellbeing mean different things to different people and every person has to find their own way to a life that is meaningful and satisfying for them. It is incredibly important to maintain good mental health when coping with a cancer diagnosis. The benefits of good mental health can reach into every facet of our lives – improved relationships, increased self-esteem and ability to cope, improved physical health and life expectancy.

A cancer diagnosis can affect the mental health of patients, families, and caregivers. Common feelings during this life-changing experience include anxiety, distress, and depression. Roles at home, school, and work can be affected. It’s important to recognise these changes and get help when needed.

Solaris Cancer Care has collated a comprehensive Emotional Support Resource list and can be found here.

Many things can contribute to positive mental health and wellbeing and a comprehensive list can be found at

Counselling services

Mental and emotional health is an essential part of your overall wellbeing, especially as you navigate through a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Seeing a counsellor to address cancer-related issues can ease the isolation you may feel and help you find ways to face the challenges ahead.

Having the support of a qualified counsellor can really assist you and your family in managing and navigating the emotions and fears that you may be experiencing. Counselling can provide coping strategies to support you during and after your treatment, and help you heal with any mental health issues which may arise.

Phone and telehealth support
If you find yourself unable to attend counselling at your local centre, we can arrange a phone or telehealth counselling appointment via Skype/Zoom.

Phone support
If your health prevents you from travelling, our counsellors can visit you at home or in hospital within a certain radius of our Cottesloe centre.
To book
To find out more about how we can support your mental and emotional wellbeing, please call 9384 3544 or email
Counselling appointments are available at the Solaris Cottesloe, Solaris SCGH and Solaris South West centres. Please phone your local centre to find out more.