Major Funding Boost for the Treatment of Personality Disorders

In December 2014, the NSW Minister for Mental Health, the Hon. Jai Rowell announced a $115 million funding boost to mental health services in NSW. On 20 January 2015 at Sutherland Hospital he announced that the package would include $1.8 million over the next two years to extend the Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders work with more health services in NSW. Based at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research …

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15th International Mental Health Conference 2014 Launch

The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association is pleased to announce the 15th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise from Monday 25th to Tuesday 26th August 2014.  Optional workshops will be held on Wednesday the 27th of August. The conference theme “Mental Health: Innovation | Integration | Early Intervention”, will focus on Suicide, Dementia, Depression, Personality Disorders and Trauma. Featuring Australia and …

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New options and new angles on suicide prevention & support

With new technology comes new opportunities. The proliferation of smart phones, creates an opportunity for the development of mental health specific Apps – both as an adjunct to existing services – giving people another, potentially more independent and discrete option, but also, to reach traditionally hard-to-reach cohorts (youth, males, rural/remote, disability, single parents, GLBTI etc) when they are in the grips of a mental health crisis. The 14th International Mental …

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Community mental health services and Non-Government Organisations

With the advent of community mental health services now being provided by Non-Government Organisations, it is becoming evident that we are catching many people with personality disorders. I work for a PHaMS program and previously was with a HASI program in NSW, and we receive many referrals from our local Mental Health Services. I would estimate at least a third of these have PD’s, and what generally happens when we …

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What can health professionals do about social determinants of mental health?

Dr Matthew Fisher Public health research in developed countries consistently demonstrates that rates of the more common forms of mental health disorder increase as one moves down the scale of socioeconomic status, and are significantly higher among socially disadvantaged groups. This general pattern of outcomes is also present in Australia. In recent decades research has also shown higher rates of mental health problems to be positively associated with social or …

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MYTHS EXPOSED: Stopping smoking does not make your mental illness worse!

Dr Mark Ragg Smoking is more common among people with mental illness than among the general population (32% versus under 20%). However, that broad statement is too simple for a complex situation. There are significant differences in smoking rates between people with different mental illnesses. Lack of knowledge and ambivalence about addressing smoking in people with mental illness has contributed to this higher rate of smoking which in turn contributes …

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Depression May Worsen Over Time in Addiction-Prone Women

FRIDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) by — Robert PreidtDepression symptoms increase over time for women in their 30s and 40s who are prone to addiction problems and antisocial behavior, researchers report. The new study looked at how personal history, family life and neighborhood instability affected alcoholism symptoms in 273 women over a 12-year period during their early years of marriage and motherhood. The participants lived in the U.S. Midwest. While …

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Youth Ask the South Australian Government Not to Close Down Eating Disorder Unit

Young people have asked the South Australian government not to risk their lives by closing an eating disorder unit. As parliament sat for the second time this year, a second protest mounted the steps of parliament house to complain about Premier Mike Rann’s government. On Monday, it was more than 50 logging trucks and a thousand people protesting plans to sell off future forestry harvests. On Tuesday, Georgia Taylor, 22, …

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The federal government says it is spending more than ever before on mental health services

The federal government says it is spending more than ever before on mental health services but admits it can do better.Mental Health Minister Mark Butler said the National Mental Health Report 2010 showed total mental health spending by governments and private insurers rose by 10 per cent in real terms to $5.32 billion. The report incorporates data for 2007-08, covering the final period of the former government and the first …

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US Research – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Report

Researchers of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported on Nov 18 that in 2009, 45 million, or 20 percent, of adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. suffered from some mental disorder or mental illness in the past year. Among those with mental illness, 11 million or 4.8 percent had a serious mental illness.The report determined that women were more likely than men to suffer mental …

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