SANE Forums: connecting people across Australia

A new national online community is reaching out to all Australians affected by mental illness, wherever they live. Using the power of the Internet, and a partnership with mental health organisations around Australia, SANE Forums are providing a peer-to-peer support service for carers and families, as well as people living with mental illness. ‘The forums are connecting many people who were previously isolated,’ explained Paul Morgan, SANE Australia’s Director of …

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Rural mental illness does not discriminate

Depression, anxiety and suicide in rural areas is not confined to males When we think of mental health issues such as depression and suicide in rural, remote and regional Australia, perhaps the tendency is to immediately think of men and young people. But women in rural Australia suffer from mental health issues too. One clinical psychologist says often the expectations on women to hold it all together are greater than …

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Consumers and practitioners speaking as one voice for social change in rural and remote communities

The 6th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium theme, The Practitioner’s Voice, seeks to give voice to practitioners who are faced with these challenges on a regular basis. Be a part of the discussion by registering for the symposium to be held 12-14 November 2014 at the Commercial Club Albury. “Walking the wire: a lived experience academic’s perspective on consumers and practitioners speaking as one voice to bring about social change in rural …

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National Mental Health Awareness Week 2014

This week is National Mental Health Awareness Week, from 5 – 12 October 2014 people across Australia are invited to help raise awareness about mental health. This week provides crucial opportunities for the Australian community, both industry and general public to promote, support and encouraging people to maximise their health potential in particular emotional & social well-being. This year’s Mental Health Week theme is Celebrate, Connect, Grow. The Mental Health …

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6th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium: Early Bird Registration Ends Soon

The 6th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium theme, The Practitioner’s Voice, seeks to give voice to practitioners who are faced with these challenges on a regular basis. Be a part of the discussion by registering for the symposium to be held 12 – 14 November 2014 at the Commercial Club Albury. You and your colleagues are invited to join in and share with like-minded, passionate, inquiring minds, as you deeply explore the …

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Senator Penny Wright to present at 6th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium

The 6th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium theme, The Practitioner’s Voice, seeks to give voice to practitioners who are faced with these challenges on a regular basis. Be a part of the discussion by registering for the symposium to be held 12-14 November 2014 at the Commercial Club Albury. Senator Penny Wright Senator for South Australia Australian Greens Presentation Title: “Learning from Listening: Ideas for Improving Mental Health …

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2012-14: two years down the track – the transformative power of organisational positivity

The 6th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium theme, The Practitioner’s Voice, seeks to give voice to practitioners who are faced with these challenges on a regular basis. Be a part of the discussion by registering for the symposium to be held 12-14 November 2014 at the Commercial Club Albury.   ‘2012-14: two years down the track’ – the transformative power of organisational positivity  Ms Rebecca Graham, Executive Director Mental …

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Unorthodox approach to mental-health care pays off

Sydney Morning Herald Dr Siva Bala, a regional psychiatrist with the Kimberley mental-health and drug service, says he has to dispense with some conventions of traditional psychiatry to forge ties with remote indigenous communities. Adopting an overly formal approach to consultation or relying on office or hospital-based environments can be detrimental, he has found. It is often more appropriate to see patients on their own terms, Bala says. ‘‘Seeing them …

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Will unemployment surge put additional pressure on Rural Mental Health Services

THE latest unemployment rates in the Launceston and North-East regions compare with the South Australian outback as some of the worst in the country. Full-time jobs fell to 152 600 with regional data showing a bleak future for the North of Tasmania. Georgie Burgess from The Examiner (Friday 8th August 2014) stated: Launceston and the North-East are in the top six highest unemployment rates in the country, out of almost …

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