Harnessing technology to improve mental health

University of Sydney cross-disciplinary researchers are harnessing the benefits offered by advances in online technology to develop innovative programs improving mental health in young people. Associate Professor Rafael Calvo, director of the Software Engineering Group at the School of Electrical and Information Engineering and Professor Ian Hickie, Director of the Brain and Mind Research Institute, are collaborating with the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (Young and Well CRC) to …

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The 14th International Mental Health Conference – Call for Papers Open

The 14th International Mental Health Conference will be held at Outrigger, Surfers Paradise on Monday the 5th and Tuesday the 6th of August 2013.  Optional workshops will be held on Wednesday the 7th of August. The conference will focus on the complex mental health issues of Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Dementia. The human, social and economic consequences of mental health disorders and illness are great, and there is a …

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The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the Nationa Mental Health Commission of Australia – MOU

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the National Mental Health Commission of Australia have signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding to share knowledge and successful practices in mental health research. MHCC President and CEO Louise Bradley signed the memorandum today while participating in two days of meetings with leading mental health organizations and Commissions from around the world in Sydney, Australia. Hosted by the National Mental Health Commission …

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Reducing access to the means of suicide

Reducing access to the means of suicide By Samara McPhedran, Griffith University and Kairi Kolves, Griffith UniversityBrisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk’s recent announcement that barriers are to be erected on the Story Bridge in an effort to reduce suicides is very welcome. Studies consistently show that barriers have a high likelihood of reducing the number of suicides at a particular location, making them a useful and successful tool for tackling …

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Has the suicide rate risen with the 2011 Queensland floods?

Prof Diego De Leo This study compared the prevalence and characteristics of suicides following the January 2011 Queensland floods to the 11 years prior (for the period January-June) for two severely affected locations: Ipswich and Toowoomba.  Findings showed no significant increase in suicide rates during the 6 months after the floods. This may be explained by the elevated level of social support and care available in this period, which protected …

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Recognition and Respect: Report on Mental Health Carers 2012

The Mental Health Council of Australia has released its annual report on mental health carers, ‘Recognition and Respect: Report on Mental Health Carers 2012’. The Report surveyed over 500 mental health carers and provides an insight into the lives of of people who regularly care for someone with a mental illness. You can download the full report here. ******* The 14th International Mental Health Conference “OPENING DOORS” will be held …

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