The Future of Mental Health Services and Psychiatry

Prof Philip Morris, President, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association opened the 14th International Mental Health Conference at the Outrigger, Surfers Paradise in August 2013. The conference focused on the complex mental health issues of Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Dementia. You can view the address titled “The Future of Mental Health Services and Psychiatry” here…  

Evaluation of an Australian primary mental health care program: 10 years on

The Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program was introduced by the Australian Government in 2001. ATAPS enables general practitioners (GPs) to refer patients with high prevalence mental disorders for low-cost evidence-based mental health care and targets specific hard to reach groups. The achievements of the program 10 years on are examined including participation rates by professionals and patients, patient and service provision characteristics, and patient outcomes. Data are sourced …

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Sensory Modulation: The impact and outcomes in an adult acute inpatient mental health unit

Sensory modulation therapy has been vastly researched and acknowledged as being effective in reducing the need for seclusion in an inpatient psychiatric service setting. However, there are has been little research on how else sensory modulation therapy may be used in an inpatient psychiatric service setting. The 14th International Mental Health Conference would like to thank Dr. Julia Hailes of Ballarat Mental Health Services for delivering this presentation at the …

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Depression Symptoms May Manifest Differently in Men

Psych Central By Traci Pedersen Associate News Editor August 31, 2013 Men may suffer from depression about as often as women, according to a new study from the University of Michigan. Traditionally, women have been diagnosed with depression about double the rate of men, with approximately 20 percent of women becoming depressed at some point in their lifetime. In recent years, however, some researchers have wondered if perhaps they haven’t been …

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The assessment and management of patients presenting with a mental health crisis in the emergency setting

A review of the literature. As part of psychiatric health care reforms, there was an integration of mental health services and general health services nationally. This resulted in an increase in the number of patients presenting to emergency services for assistance with acute mental health disorders. Studies have shown a significant increase in patients presenting to emergency departments, police and paramedics for acute mental health care. Studies have also reported …

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Opening doors for Deaf people with mental health needs

Strategies, resources and relationships making mainstream services accessible. The 14th International Mental Health Conference would like to thank Dr Francine Hanley, Research Fellow, Australian Institute for Primary Care and Ageing who presented this co-authored paper at the recent conference held 5-6 August at the Outrigger Surfers Paradise. Dr Hanley discussed the findings of an exploratory project designed to understand the pathways to ongoing access available to Deaf people with mental health needs …

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Creative mental health help for youth

Illawarra Mercury By GREG ELLIS 23 August 2013 Mind Blank founder Ally Kelly showed enormous courage this week when she told her own story in public for the first time. Ms Kelly spoke of a betrayal of trust when she was six years old, and her long-term anguish as she tried to overcome that. She was aiming to help people understand why she started Mind Blank and to help find …

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New options and new angles on suicide prevention & support

With new technology comes new opportunities. The proliferation of smart phones, creates an opportunity for the development of mental health specific Apps – both as an adjunct to existing services – giving people another, potentially more independent and discrete option, but also, to reach traditionally hard-to-reach cohorts (youth, males, rural/remote, disability, single parents, GLBTI etc) when they are in the grips of a mental health crisis. The 14th International Mental …

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Victorian farmers get a ‘night off’ after a spike in suicides

ABC By Kirsten Veness 15 Aug 2013 A recent spike in farmer suicides in south-western Victoria has prompted hundreds of farmers to gather in Warrnambool to tackle the issue of depression. About 600 people gathered for the “Farmer’s Night Off” event 14 August 2013.  While the evening was positive and light-hearted, there was also a very serious side. Gary Smith, the organiser, who is also a member of the group …

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Loneliness Illustrated So Beautifully You Will Need To Tell Someone

The Innovation of Loneliness http://www.upworthy.com/loneliness-illustrated-so-beautifully-you-will-need-to-tell-someone From UPWORTHY