Working therapeutically with people who hear distressing voices

One of the most debilitating symptoms of psychosis is the experience of hearing distressing voices. Research has demonstrated the benefits of helping people to understand and attach meaning to their voices, along with coping strategies aimed at alleviating the accompanying distress. One of the goals of working therapeutically with people who hear distressing voices is to explore the specific content of the voices. Understandably, this can be distressing for the …

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There are four types of drinker – which one are you?

It’s easy to see alcohol consumption being a result of thousands of years of ritual and a lifetime of habit. But have you ever stopped to consider why it is you choose to drink? Knowing what motivates people to drink is important to better understanding their needs when it comes to encouraging them to drink less, or in a less harmful way. The four types Personally, everyone can come up …

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What Is High Functioning Depression – And Could You Have It?

On the outside, you’re highly productive, successful and motivated. You have a big group of friends, a great job and seem to have life all sorted out. But on the inside, you’re gripped by low self-worth and the pressure to be perfect. Sound familiar? This is the reality for those who have high functioning depression. They suffer in silence while doing what they need to just to get by. Most commonly, …

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In Hard Times Hunter Farmers Must Focus on Mental Health, Experts Say

The traditional farmers’ approach to tough times might be to knuckle down and get on with the work at hand. But experts are urging people communities across the Hunter to take care of their mental health, as the effects of the drought gripping the region put more and more pressure on landholders. Hunter New England Rural Adversity Mental Health Program coordinator Sarah Green said the key message was to get help if you …

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New Year’s Resolutions For Better Mental Health

Every new year we set about making New Year’s resolutions. Usually they’re related to our physical health: going on a diet, joining a gym or drinking less. But what about our mental health? Mental health is central to every part of our lives: how we interact with loved ones, how productive we are at work, and how we feel when we are alone. So here are six things science says …

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Out Doors Inc. – A Mentally Healthy and Productive Workplace

Founded in 1987, Out Doors Inc. is a community managed mental health organisation. Our primary focus is to use the medium of outdoor adventure with an emphasis on choice, challenge and risk taking to support those living with poor mental health. In 2006 following a turbulent period, leaders adopted an innovative approach to managing the organisation: • Adopt team development of culture; document, with ongoing review • Align systems, policies …

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The Effects on Mind and Body of Bullying in the Workplace

The boss humiliates you in a meeting before your co-workers. Your secretary gossips about you in the lunchroom spreading rumours about calls you receive. Your co-worker deliberately withholds crucial information that you needed to successfully complete a project. All of these are forms of workplace bullying, which is itself one of several types of workplace violence. And it’s not just you. The International Labor Organisation says workplace bullying has become …

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2018 APS College of Clinical Psychologists Conference

Expand Your Mind. Challenge Your Thinking. Join us in Adelaide for three days of cutting-edge CPD from world renowned speakers at the 2018 APS College of Clinical Psychologists Conference. Pick up practical skills and new ideas from an exciting array of sessions with topics ranging from the latest in Schema Therapy, Autism and crime to treating sleep disorders from “Womb to tomb”.  There is much to learn from our notable keynote …

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Victorian Researchers Awarded $270 Million to Develop Next Generation Breakthroughs

Melbourne’s world-class researchers have been handed more than 40 per cent of Australia’s latest medical research funding to spearhead the next generation of advances. Research into cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and mental health have been given the greatest priority under $640 million worth of medical research grants to be announced by the Turnbull Government today. Victoria’s leading institutes and hospitals will receive the biggest slice of the research spending, provided …

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First Aid’s Mental Health Battle is Big

Ellison Bloomfield knows that immersing herself in the stories of individuals who have benefited from mental health first aid training is a gratifying way to raise awareness. Recently, the marketing manager with Mental Health First Aid Australia did this by promoting MHFAA’s online video campaign I Am One. The campaign, which champions World Mental Health Day and celebrates the two million mental health first aid-trained individuals worldwide, features the stories …

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