The Adult Step-up Step-down sub-acute residential service in Canberra, Australia.

Sub-acute residential services are a recent addition to the range of services available to assist people in their recovery from serious mental illness.  One such service is the Adult Step-up Step-down program in Canberra, Australia, which accepts admissions from people entering directly from their home as an alternative to hospital (step-up), or as a transitional step before returning to living in the community after a hospital admission (step-down).  The 5-bed …

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Outcome Feedback (OF) Technology

An international team of researchers from various Universities (York, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Leiden, Trier) have developed and tested the impact of adopting Outcome Feedback (OF) technology in a psychological care service in the English NHS system. OF technology is based on the same methods that guide existing medical technologies, such as prenatal scans that use ultrasound devices to compare the growth of babies to benchmarks derived from clinical records of other …

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Implementing e-mental health services for depression and anxiety

Implementing e-mental health services for depression and anxiety within the Australian mental health system Authors: Carla Meurk; Janni Leung; Wayne Hall; Brian W Head; Harvey Whiteford The University of Queensland Growing evidence attests to the efficacy of e-mental health services. There is less evidence on how to facilitate the safe, effective, and sustainable implementation of these services. We conducted a systematic review on e-mental health service use for depressive and …

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Workplace Bullying: A New Trend or an Old Problem Gaining Attention?

By Judith Lindenberger, President, The Lindenberger Group. “One office bully will email me and our boss and ask what they should do, excluding me. The other bully’s tactics are so subtle I can’t put my finger on it. The two bullies whisper in front of me and certain words are said in a heightened tone.” If you have experienced similar behavior, you’re not alone. The Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) reports that “35% …

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Mental Health one of the top three issues facing young Australia

Young people have put the spotlight on mental health in a new survey, naming it as one of the top three issues facing Australia. Mission Australia’s Youth Survey this year found concerns about mental health across the country have doubled since 2011. About 22,000 young people aged 15 to 19 took part in the survey and more than 20 per cent cited mental health as among their top national issues. …

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Aussie men battling depression and anxiety associated with the ‘man-boob’

Despite the recent trend of the ‘dad bod’, more than 30,000 Aussie men battle depression and anxiety associated with the ‘man-boob’. And although many people today struggle saying the ‘L’ word, men are undergoing liposuction now more than ever. Gynecomastia corrective liposuction is a growing procedure for men which reduces the breast size through the removal of excess breast fat. The men opting to have this surgery and who benefit …

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Anxiety Disorders: You Are Not Alone And You Can Beat This

What is anxiety? Anxiety is the body’s way of responding to danger and in fact is quite normal. It is an automatic alarm that goes off when you feel threatened, afraid or under stress. It motivates us to study harder and warns us when we are in dangerous situations. When you experience anxiety, your body’s fight-flight-freeze response is triggered. You might feel like running from the situation (flight), yelling or …

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11 Habits That Could Be Increasing Your Anxiety

The annoying thing about anxiety is it can have a million and one causes — mental conditions, physical conditions, stress, side effects from drugs. The list goes on and on. But sometimes, all it takes is a seemingly innocent habit to make anxiety worse. This isn’t great news if you have anxiety and do everything in your power to keep it under control. Maybe you are all about meditation, or do yoga …

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Does positive thinking really improve mental health?

ABC News How often have you been told to “look on the bright side” or “focus on the good things” when times are tough? It can feel as though every self-help book, TV show and family member wants you to stop feeling sad, angry or depressed, and find the silver lining in every difficult situation. Proponents of positive thinking would have us believe it is one of the best ways …

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Feeling anxious? It’s good to cry.

The Guardian One in five 18-34-year-olds admit to having cried in the past week because of anxiety, according to a poll for the mental health charity Mind, while four in five say they put on a brave face when anxious. The charity has launched a free guide for people of all ages on how to cope with stress and anxiety, and says crying is a common and useful response to …

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