Suicide Prevention for Tradies: Jeremy Forbes

Suicide Prevention: We are pleased to announce Mr Jeremy Forbes a s a Speaker at The 17th International Mental Health Conference; Guiding the Change to be held at Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, from the 11 -12 August 2016. Jeremy Forbes will be presenting on ‘Suicide Prevention for Tradies in Regional and Rural Victoria and Southern NSW’ in the Self harm suicide and survival stream. HALT …

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Magnetic brain stimulation can help treat drug-resistant depression, study finds

John Campbell has depression. Diagnosed in 2011, the 58-year-old motor mechanic has been unable to work for two-and-a-half years. Next month he’ll return to the workplace, following successful treatment as part of a clinical trial into a non-invasive form of brain stimulation known as transcranial magnetic stimulation. According to the results of a new study, the once-controversial method of beaming magnetic fields into the frontal areas of the brain saw …

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Non-invasive treatment for depression and bipolar disorder investigated at Black Dog Institute

A new, non-invasive non-medication treatment for depression including bipolar disorder is now being trialled at the Black Dog Institute, University of NSW in Sydney. The Sydney Neurostimulation Centre led by Professor Colleen Loo is investigating whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) could be a treatment for depression and a potential alternative to medication and electroconvulsive therapy. TDCS is a very mild form of brain stimulation. The stimulation is painless and …

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Keep people at the heart of mental health

Services such as headspace are vital to our community’s health. There is no disputing this, and nobody is trying to, discusses Emma D’Agostino. The question is, how best to set such services up to meet the ever-growing demand for their help. We will be keenly tracking developments in this space throughout the three-year mental health services reform period, ending in 2019. The federal government has delegated many of the responsibilities to its 31 Primary Health Networks, which …

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Conference announcement: Event Program now released

The 17th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, QLD from the 11 -12 August 2016. You are invited to join us as we address the conference theme “Guiding the Change” across the broad spectrum of mental disorders. The Conference Program has now been released CLICK HERE to view the Program. To register for the conference CLICK …

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Mental health stigma entrenched in Victoria Police

Victoria Police’s “suck it up” culture has created a widespread mental health crisis within the force, a damning report has found as reported by The Age. Hundreds of officers are on leave for psychological issues and three have died by suicide since October. The report finds a macho culture inside the force is doing more mental health damage to some officers than the traumatic events they attend. It was a …

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