Nearly a Third of Med Students Have Mental Health Issues

Discovery News, September 1 2015. Thirty percent of medical students have received treatment for a mental health condition and 15 percent have considered suicide — alarming statistics, say experts. “The number of students reporting mental illness or considering suicide is shocking,” Twishaa Sheth, chair of the British Medical Association’s student welfare committee, told Student BMJ. The new analysis of over 1,100 medical students appears in the September issue of the …

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Lack of rural mental health services puts youth at risk

Originally Published by The Daily Examiner 12th Aug 2015 RURAL and regional children are struggling to find the right mental health support according to an in depth Federal report into the mental wellbeing of our youth. The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents report released by the Federal Ministry for Health revealed startling figures of young people dealing with mental illness. A lack of access to mental health services in …

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Funding for Mental Health in Australia

THE HON PETER DUTTON MP MINISTER FOR HEALTH MINISTER FOR SPORT MEDIA RELEASE  –  FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH The Australian Government has provided $170 million for the continuation of 150 programs as part of its ongoing commitment to mental health. The Minister for Health Peter Dutton said the funding would see the projects continue their work through 2014-15. “It is essential to ensure the continuity for mental health services, suicide …

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Australia’s mental health system not meeting demand, should focus on self-help: report

Tues 11 March 2014 – ABC NEWS A new report is calling for a major re-think of Australia’s mental health system, which it says is not meeting demand. The Crossroads report was prepared by Ernst and Young and the ReachOut online youth mental health service for the Inspire Foundation. It found nearly one in two adult Australians have experienced mental illness, but less than half have received the help they …

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Dr John Durkin, from the UK to keynote and workshop at the Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Conference 2013

Dr John Durkin is a psychologist specialising in posttraumatic growth. Out of his early career as a firefighter, he developed an interest in the positive outcomes to traumatic experience. He worked with crisis intervention teams in New York’s fire and police departments following the September 11th attacks in 2001 and gained his PhD at the University of Nottingham UK in 2010. He is a Fellow at the Institute of Mental …

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Rural patients will benefit from new infrastructure grants

Rural patients will benefit from new infrastructure grants to 50 projects across Australia, Health Minister Tanya Plibersek announced today. Under Round 6 of the National Rural and Remote Health Infrastructure Program, $8.7 million is being directed to the projects. “While rates of some chronic disease are high for patients living in rural and remote areas, they often find it harder to access the level of health care they require,” said …

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The impact of a needs based education and carer support group for carers of people with a mental illness: A pilot study

Dr Julia Bowman The emphasis on community-based care in preference to hospitalisation relies significantly on the availability and willingness of informal carers (Goodwin & Harpell, 2006). Whilst care-giving can be a rewarding and positive experience, a number of studies indicate that caring for a person with a mental illness has distinct challenges. These include difficulty navigating the mental health system, lack of respite, stigma of mental illness, uncertainty related to …

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