Creative mental health help for youth

Illawarra Mercury By GREG ELLIS 23 August 2013 Mind Blank founder Ally Kelly showed enormous courage this week when she told her own story in public for the first time. Ms Kelly spoke of a betrayal of trust when she was six years old, and her long-term anguish as she tried to overcome that. She was aiming to help people understand why she started Mind Blank and to help find …

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Illawarra mental health group praised by world renowned expert

ABC News by Justin Huntsdale 14/08/13 An Illawarra-based youth mental health service has been recognised for creating a positive change in mental health perception in the Illawarra by leading mental health researcher and Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry. Mind Blank Inc is a not-for-profit organisation that has been touring schools over 2012/2013 with an innovative program called SCUBA that helps put mental health issues into a live theatre performance. …

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State Government to close Qld’s only dedicated residential youth mental health facility

ABC News By Jesse Dorsett Updated Wed Aug 7, 2013 The State Government has confirmed it is shutting down Queensland’s only mental health unit that houses teenagers with severe mental disorders. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg says the services provided by Brisbane’s Barrett Adolescent Centre at Wacol in western Brisbane will be decentralised by early next year. “That centre will be closing as we actually come up with a range of …

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Exploring healthy and unhealthy uses of music by teenagers in recovery

The strength of the relationship between adolescents and their music is well understood. However diverse perspectives exist regarding whether music is a valuable resource or a dangerous priming agent for vulnerable young people. Empirical investigations provide evidence for both possibilities, with researchers typically employing methodologies that are likely to confirm their own assumptions. Correlations have been used to good effect, with an undeniable association being found between ‘problem’ music and …

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Dr John Durkin, from the UK to keynote and workshop at the Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Conference 2013

Dr John Durkin is a psychologist specialising in posttraumatic growth. Out of his early career as a firefighter, he developed an interest in the positive outcomes to traumatic experience. He worked with crisis intervention teams in New York’s fire and police departments following the September 11th attacks in 2001 and gained his PhD at the University of Nottingham UK in 2010. He is a Fellow at the Institute of Mental …

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Suicide and social media: Youth mental health

Social media has much potential for raising community awareness about the problem of suicide due to the capacity for expression of emotion, care and support for those affected as well as a way of channelling and managing grief. However, it can also increase levels of distress or support negative sub-cultures that promote and support suicide, self-harm and pornography. Young people can be unwittingly preyed upon by those pedalling pornography on …

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Engaging and managing angry young men with psychosis

Engagement with antisocial clients presents considerable difficulty, particularly when the impact of brain injuries exacerbates premorbid personality traits. Prof Warrick Brewer of the University of Melbourne Centre for Youth Mental Health, VIC, Australia and A/Prof Brendan Murphy of the Maroondah Hospital will be presenting on this subject at the 14th International Mental Health Conference be held at Outrigger, Surfers Paradise on Monday the 5th and Tuesday the 6th of August 2013. Prof …

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Treatment decision making for young people diagnosed with major depressive disorders: The case for shared decision making

Shared decision making (SDM) is a model of medical or treatment decision making that involves collaboration between a clinician and client. One way of implementing SDM is with the use of decision aids (DA), which have demonstrated effectiveness for non-psychiatric conditions and emerging evidence for adults diagnosed with mental disorders. A theoretical basis for SDM for young people has been made, yet work in this area is in its infancy. …

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