Improving Services for Australians Affected by Forced Adoption

Improving services for Australians affected by forced adoption: Up-skilling and enhancing the health sector In Australia, between the 1940’s and 1980’s, around 250,000 adoptions occurred, and the majority of these are now considered to have been forced. Forced adoption has led to significant, long-term psychological effects, including prolonged grief, relationship difficulties, higher rates of suicidality and mental health disorders. The mothers, fathers and children impacted by these practices have also …

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Headspace using social media to combat youth suicide in Albury Wodonga

Headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, is partnering with Facebook to combat youth suicide. Facebook has provided Headspace with free targeted advertising, which is being used to promote mental health messages to 11 communities across Australia with high rates of youth suicide, including Albury Wodonga. The messages contain advice for young people on where and how to seek help in their region if they are experiencing significant distress. National …

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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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Help available for depressed teens, parents

Article published by The Murray Valley Standard 18 May 2015 Parents concerned about their children’s mental health have a new avenue through which to find help. Youth mental health organisation Headspace has extended its support line to parents, as well as adolescents, after publication of research found family members influenced young people who were considering seeking help for their problems. After compiling responses from 31,000 young people across Australia, Headspace …

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Mental health patients facing cuts to crucial services amid funding uncertainty: experts

Published on ABC Radio Australia, Updated 24 March 2015, 10:50 AEDT by medical reporter Sophie Scott Thousands of Australians seeking help for mental health problems face growing uncertainty because ongoing federal funding for hundreds of contracts has not been guaranteed after June 30. Seventy mental health groups, including Mental Health Australia, Headspace, and the Black Dog Institute have written an open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Health Minister Sussan …

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The headspace best practice framework

Mr Nic Telford, Evaluation Manager, headspace will provide an overview of the research, outline the best practice framework and demonstrate how these principles are being practically implemented across headspace centres to improve practice and increase the accessibility, acceptability, appropriateness and sustainability of services provided to young people and its implications for the wider service system at the upcoming 15th International Mental Health Conference. headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation is …

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