KidsMatter: Children’s mental health promotion & early intervention in schools & communities

Experiences during the early years have lifelong effects on children’s achievement, social development and mental and physical health. Research tells us that mentally healthy children learn better, have stronger relationships and are better prepared for meeting life challenges. KidsMatter is a national mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention framework, set in primary schools and early childhood education and care (ECEC) services (such as preschools, kindergartens and day care centres) …

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Barwon Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol Service.

Victoria’s alcohol and other drug sector has undergone major change. The changes are consistent with directions set by the Victorian Government in New directions for alcohol and drug treatment services: A framework for reform (August 2013), its response to recommendations of the Victorian Auditor-General Office’s review of the alcohol and drug service system in 2011 and feedback from clients, families, carers and service providers. Outpatient services have been subject to …

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Screening and psychiatric follow-up in pre-dialysis patients

Authors: DG Straatsburg, MD FRANZP; EA Hoekman; R Smulders; JG Lijmer, MD PhD Organisation: OLVG Hospital, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Introduction Patients with end-stage renal failure disease (ESRD) are referred to our dialysis clinic for pre-dialysis work-up. In this retrospective study we examined the prevalence of psychiatric symptoms with the Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale (HADS 14 item questionnaire) and the added value of screening in this population by the number of …

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Abstract Submission Open for 2017!

We invite you to join us at the 9th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium this year, being held at the Commercial Club, Albury, NSW from 12 – 13 October 2017. Topics Include: Structural Reform Harnessing Digital Information Looking after the rural mental health workforce Integrated Care, physical and mental health Innovative Practices Indigenous Mental Health Child and Youth Mental Health Abstract Submission is now open! Join us as we explore …

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Empowering consumers and carers across Victoria

Safeguarding rights, upholding the mental health principles and empowering consumers and carers across Victoria Dr Lynne Coulson Barr, Mental Health Complaints Commissioner. Many people who contact our office are in need of a supportive process that helps them to clarify their issues and explore available options to address their concerns. The Mental Health Complaints Commissioner (MHCC) was established under the Mental Health Act 2014 (the Act) to provide accessible, tailored …

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Dream it Forward by ConnectGroups

ConnectGroups (the peak body for peer Support Groups in WA) partnered with the Mental Health Commission of Western Australia in 2013/14 to conceive a project modelled on its successful small grants brokerage service, the Pay it Forward Plan. The project’s purpose was to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peer-based groups to support place-based social and emotional wellbeing activities.  Dream it Forward was launched in 2014/15; is now in its …

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MENTAL HEALTH STARTS AT THE TOP – An Issue for Leadership

Business CEOs and leader need to be seen actively embracing mental health in the workplace. It was found that about 55% of workers believed management did not value mental health but when they did there was a dramatic drop in absenteeism. Apart from there being a big financial incentive for business (‘$2.30 return on $1 invested’ Safety Australia) there is also a legal requirement. Recently I worked for Department of …

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Self–Love, The Key to Mental Health. A Positive Mental Health Future for All.

The opposite of mental illness, is mental health. Mental health is synonymous with self-love. Therefore, the solution to mental illness, is for people to develop and retain self-love. The paramount mental health issue, is that people need to work from “Inside-Out”, however most people determine their identity, self–love (mental health) and emotional wellbeing from “Outside-In”, and this is what makes them feel the way they feel, and behave the way …

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What Tech is For?

Makshivim Net, established in 2008, offers online mental health programs, enabling people with mental disabilities to consult professionals, peers, and family members, obtain information and support. Technological tools, called e-rehabilitation, assist effective rehabilitation processes and monitor achievement, including social, occupational, and educational rehabilitation goals. Social rehabilitation goals Many people have difficulty cultivating a social circle online. We established virtual social programs to develop real life contact (in 2005); including a …

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Domestic and family violence and co-occurring mental health issues and addictions

Mrs Bronwyn Morris Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Like Mental Health. The plight of mothers as mentioned in the article entitled Domestic and family violence and co-occurring mental health issues and addictions: common stories in a reinforcing social system became evident during my 18- years working in a psychiatric dual diagnosis recovery centre in Queensland, Australia.  My roles in the centre progressed during this time from a live in mental health …

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