Working therapeutically with people who hear distressing voices

One of the most debilitating symptoms of psychosis is the experience of hearing distressing voices. Research has demonstrated the benefits of helping people to understand and attach meaning to their voices, along with coping strategies aimed at alleviating the accompanying distress. One of the goals of working therapeutically with people who hear distressing voices is to explore the specific content of the voices. Understandably, this can be distressing for the …

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What Is High Functioning Depression – And Could You Have It?

On the outside, you’re highly productive, successful and motivated. You have a big group of friends, a great job and seem to have life all sorted out. But on the inside, you’re gripped by low self-worth and the pressure to be perfect. Sound familiar? This is the reality for those who have high functioning depression. They suffer in silence while doing what they need to just to get by. Most commonly, …

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In Hard Times Hunter Farmers Must Focus on Mental Health, Experts Say

The traditional farmers’ approach to tough times might be to knuckle down and get on with the work at hand. But experts are urging people communities across the Hunter to take care of their mental health, as the effects of the drought gripping the region put more and more pressure on landholders. Hunter New England Rural Adversity Mental Health Program coordinator Sarah Green said the key message was to get help if you …

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New Year’s Resolutions For Better Mental Health

Every new year we set about making New Year’s resolutions. Usually they’re related to our physical health: going on a diet, joining a gym or drinking less. But what about our mental health? Mental health is central to every part of our lives: how we interact with loved ones, how productive we are at work, and how we feel when we are alone. So here are six things science says …

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Out Doors Inc. – A Mentally Healthy and Productive Workplace

Founded in 1987, Out Doors Inc. is a community managed mental health organisation. Our primary focus is to use the medium of outdoor adventure with an emphasis on choice, challenge and risk taking to support those living with poor mental health. In 2006 following a turbulent period, leaders adopted an innovative approach to managing the organisation: • Adopt team development of culture; document, with ongoing review • Align systems, policies …

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The Effects on Mind and Body of Bullying in the Workplace

The boss humiliates you in a meeting before your co-workers. Your secretary gossips about you in the lunchroom spreading rumours about calls you receive. Your co-worker deliberately withholds crucial information that you needed to successfully complete a project. All of these are forms of workplace bullying, which is itself one of several types of workplace violence. And it’s not just you. The International Labor Organisation says workplace bullying has become …

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Victorian Researchers Awarded $270 Million to Develop Next Generation Breakthroughs

Melbourne’s world-class researchers have been handed more than 40 per cent of Australia’s latest medical research funding to spearhead the next generation of advances. Research into cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and mental health have been given the greatest priority under $640 million worth of medical research grants to be announced by the Turnbull Government today. Victoria’s leading institutes and hospitals will receive the biggest slice of the research spending, provided …

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Using Psychological Formulation in Inpatient Mental Health Settings – Helping People Make Sense of Their Problems

Inpatient mental health settings are traditionally guided by the medical model, with treatment focusing primarily on psychiatric diagnosis and pharmacological interventions. A drawback of this approach is that people may feel labelled and not fully understood as individuals. To address this, the author advocates greater use of psychological formulation on inpatient mental health units. A psychological formulation may include: Present Problems – Focusing on individual symptoms that are problematic for …

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One Man’s Story of Suffering From Male Postnatal Depression

From the moment Mark found out his wife was pregnant, he longed to cradle his newborn child in his arms. But, when a midwife gently handed over his baby boy, Ethan, in the operating room, Mark was surprised to feel absolutely nothing. ‘It was like a stranger had come into my life,’ the former salesman from Bridgend, Wales tells ELLE UK. ‘I didn’t get that overwhelming feeling of love for my …

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The National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Australia (NOFASD)

What is the National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Australia? The National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Australia (NOFASD) is the national peak organisation representing the interests of individuals and families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). NOFASD Australia has a strong commitment to FASD prevention at a primary, secondary and early intervention level. What services do NOFASD offer? NOFASD Australia specialise in the delivery of education …

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