Parenting With a Mental Illness

When you meet 34-year-old mother-of-two Narelle* for the first time, you’re not actually meeting her, but her ‘representative’ as she tells it. “She’s the one who laughs and smiles a lot and says all of the right things so that people walk away thinking what a capable and loving mother she is,” Narelle admits. “It’s not so bad when I only have to endure short interactions, but it makes things …

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A psychodynamic approach in the work with a depressed mother

A practitioner researcher approach – Dr George Karpetis – which aims to understand practice through reflexivity and to improve service effectiveness (Gibbs, 2001). The present study adopts process reflection that draws on psychodynamic theory and studies both conscious and unconscious aspects of practice (Ruch, 2007). The author studied his own social work practice in a Community Mental Health Centre (CMHC) for Children and Adolescents. Both the practitioner and the multidisciplinary …

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Down and out in the Bush, women’s experiences of depression in rural Australia

The 14th International Mental Health Conference is being held at the Outrigger, Surfers Paradise on Monday the 5th and Tuesday the 6th of August 2013. Many topics will be explored including that being presented by Stephanie Johnson on the experiences and support needs for rural Australian women experiencing major depression. It is argued that women’s experiences and experiential knowledge and the challenges faced by people with mental health issues living in the …

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