Facebook should hide suicide live stream videos, mental health advocates say

Facebook’s policy to allow the live broadcast of self-harm on its platform has attracted concern among mental health advocates. The power to go live and unfiltered to the internet from a phone has opened up enormous possibilities to transform the way we communicate. But it has created a wave of ethical questions that the world’s biggest social network, Facebook, is being forced to navigate very publicly. Residents have live streamed …

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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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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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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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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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SuperFriend

SuperFriend is a national mental health promotion foundation that partners with ‘all profit to member’ superannuation funds and their associated group life insurers to reduce the incidence of suicide and the impact of mental illness on individuals, employers and workplaces. SuperFriend promotes and supports improved mental health and wellbeing for Partner Fund members, through the workplace by developing and delivering best-practice workplace mental health and wellbeing programs, system change through …

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Using Technology to Close the Gap in Mental Health Care

Most health professionals would agree that not everyone in Australia with a mental health problem gets the help that they need. Anecdotal evidence in the media and from community members also supports this assertion. In 2014 the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reported that only 70% of Australians who have a mental health problem receive any professional health at all. It remains unclear how many people who need help …

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