Key Issues around Peer Workers within regional contexts

Hurley, J., Hutchinson, M., Cashin, A., & Kozlowski, D. School Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University. Peer Workers (PW) are an emerging group within the landscape of the Australian mental health workforce. However, there is a lack of quantitative empirical evidence in the current international literature that unambiguously supports the positive impact and efficiency of PWs (Lloyd- Evans, et al., 2014). The gold standard Cochran review process was undertaken …

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Quality of Life in Caregivers of a Family Member with Serious Mental Illness

Authors: Anli Leng1, Caifen Xu2, Stephen Nicholas3, Jennifer Nicholas4, Jian Wang1 1 School of Public Health, Shandong University, 44 Wenhuaxi Road, Jinan, Shandong, China,250012 2 The Affiliated Hospital of North China University of Science & Technology Tangshan, Hebei, China,063000 3 School of  Economics and School of Management, Tianjin Normal University, West Bin Shui Avenue, Tianjin, 300074;Research Institute of International Strategies, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Baiyun Avenue North, Guangzhou, 510420;School of International …

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The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) Mental Health Team Update

Update regarding the Southeast Section of the RFDS Mental Health Team – by Glynis Thorp, Project Officer and Credentialed Mental Health Nurse. Following our attendance and poster presentation at 2016 The International Mental Health Conference we returned to our base at Broken Hill revitalised with ideas about how we can enhance our services that we provide to our clients and potential clients in remote outback locations in New South Wales, …

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18th International Mental Health Conference

The 18th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the Conference Centre, Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland from Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 August 2017.  This is a must attend event in the sector and applications to present and registration are now open. Presentations can address the following topic areas: Indigenous Wellbeing Child and Youth Mental Health Mental Health and the Elderly e-health, Innovative Uses of Technology and Social …

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Voicebox, a Partners in Recovery Gold Coast initiative.

The innovative Voicebox program, a Partners in Recovery Gold Coast initiative, offering training in advocacy and peer research has empowered a group of Gold Coast residents to help drive improvements in access to mental health services and reduce community stigma of mental illness. The Voicebox 1 and 2 projects, saw people with a lived experience of mental health issues attend a series of workshops to improve skills in advocacy, peer …

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We don’t know enough about mental health in Australian medical students

The highly regarded Journal of the American Medical Association has published a comprehensive review examining the prevalence of depression, depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts among medical students. The pooled findings of 195 studies from 47 countries demonstrated that the mental health of medical students is a significant global problem. Overall, around a quarter of students screened positive for symptoms of depression, and one in ten reported suicidal thoughts. The authors …

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Pets can help people manage serious mental illness, study finds.

There is significant evidence owning a pet has benefits for general wellbeing, but new research has found that pets can also play an important role in the daily management of long-term mental illness. When people living with serious mental illness were asked what helped them manage their condition, many put their pets right near the top of the list. In the study, published in BMC Psychiatry, 60 per cent of …

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Headspace using social media to combat youth suicide in Albury Wodonga

Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, is partnering with Facebook to combat youth suicide. Facebook has provided Headspace with free targeted advertising, which is being used to promote mental health messages to 11 communities across Australia with high rates of youth suicide, including Albury Wodonga. The messages contain advice for young people on where and how to seek help in their region if they are experiencing significant distress. National …

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Do screens make psychotic adults?

Do your work responsibilities and recreational choices involve a lot of computer use? Are you in the habit of updating social media through the day? Are you finding it weirdly difficult to concentrate on this paragraph? If the answer to all three questions was in the affirmative, this might not be a coincidence. A number of studies from around the world this year have found a disturbing link between computer …

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Insurance industry stuck in ‘dark ages’, say mental health advocates

Seventeen-year-old Ella Ingram was beyond excited about her upcoming school trip to New York. Everything was booked, she was ready and raring to go. But then a dark cloud descended. “I just couldn’t feel happy. I was in my room and sleeping a lot, and I just felt so, so low,” she said. “I remember saying to my mum that I felt disconnected from my friends, from my family.” Ella’s …

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