Delegates from over 100 regional and rural towns in Australia and New Zealand will attend this years conference in Ballarat.

3rd Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium   “Impacts & Outcomes” – Mercure, Ballarat 14th – 16th November 2011    Delegates from over 100 regional and rural towns in Australia and New Zealand will attend this years conference in Ballarat. The Symposium will examine the mental health implications of; Social Change      Financial Factors Environmental Adversities These factors and others can severely impact on the mental health of individuals …

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Building Capacity of Communities to Help People with Mental Health Problems

The Mental Health First Aid program has solid evidence for its effectiveness from randomized controlled trials and qualitative studies in increasing knowledge, reducing stigma and, most importantly, increasing supportive actions by members of the public to people with mental health problems. The program was developed in Australia in 2001 and has spread to many other countries. Currently over 170,000 Australians (1% of the adult population) have done the training. It …

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Mental Health: The forgotten side of mine safety

Mental health has always been a taboo subject, especially so in the mining industry. But for many men in the industry, it is an every day part of their lives. Statistically, men are more likely to suffer from depression and other mental health issues, and this number increases significantly for men working and living in rural and regional areas. One in three rural and regional workers take at least one …

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The Charter of Peer Support

The “Charter of Peer Support” The Victorian Mutual (Peer) Support Self Help Network has just published the “Charter of Peer Support”. This document has been developed by men and women and their family members who have lived through a range of mental health issues. They have come from six specialist Peer Support organisations. The core value underpinning the Charter is: “Peer Support is intrinsic to mental health and total wellbeing” …

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