Depression Symptoms May Manifest Differently in Men

Psych Central By Traci Pedersen Associate News Editor August 31, 2013 Men may suffer from depression about as often as women, according to a new study from the University of Michigan. Traditionally, women have been diagnosed with depression about double the rate of men, with approximately 20 percent of women becoming depressed at some point in their lifetime. In recent years, however, some researchers have wondered if perhaps they haven’t been …

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The assessment and management of patients presenting with a mental health crisis in the emergency setting

A review of the literature. As part of psychiatric health care reforms, there was an integration of mental health services and general health services nationally. This resulted in an increase in the number of patients presenting to emergency services for assistance with acute mental health disorders. Studies have shown a significant increase in patients presenting to emergency departments, police and paramedics for acute mental health care. Studies have also reported …

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Opening doors for Deaf people with mental health needs

Strategies, resources and relationships making mainstream services accessible. The 14th International Mental Health Conference would like to thank Dr Francine Hanley, Research Fellow, Australian Institute for Primary Care and Ageing who presented this co-authored paper at the recent conference held 5-6 August at the Outrigger Surfers Paradise. Dr Hanley discussed the findings of an exploratory project designed to understand the pathways to ongoing access available to Deaf people with mental health needs …

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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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New options and new angles on suicide prevention & support

With new technology comes new opportunities. The proliferation of smart phones, creates an opportunity for the development of mental health specific Apps – both as an adjunct to existing services – giving people another, potentially more independent and discrete option, but also, to reach traditionally hard-to-reach cohorts (youth, males, rural/remote, disability, single parents, GLBTI etc) when they are in the grips of a mental health crisis. The 14th International Mental …

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Victorian farmers get a ‘night off’ after a spike in suicides

ABC By Kirsten Veness 15 Aug 2013 A recent spike in farmer suicides in south-western Victoria has prompted hundreds of farmers to gather in Warrnambool to tackle the issue of depression. About 600 people gathered for the “Farmer’s Night Off” event 14 August 2013.  While the evening was positive and light-hearted, there was also a very serious side. Gary Smith, the organiser, who is also a member of the group …

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Loneliness Illustrated So Beautifully You Will Need To Tell Someone

The Innovation of Loneliness http://www.upworthy.com/loneliness-illustrated-so-beautifully-you-will-need-to-tell-someone From UPWORTHY

Use of Medicare-subsidised mental health services rising

Canberra, 2 August 2013 More people are using mental health-related services, with rises in Medicare-subsidised services, services provided by general practitioners (GPs) and in hospitals, according to information released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The latest figures on the AIHW’s Mental Health Services in Australia website (http://mhsa.aihw.gov.au) show that over 7.9 million Medicare-subsidised mental health-related services were provided by psychiatrists, GPs, psychologists and other allied …

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Greens launch plan for better rural mental health

ABC Rural By Anna Vidot 21 August 2013 The Greens have launched their policy for rural mental health, calling for an additional $550 million for the sector over four years. The policy includes funding for more flexible and community-based care for regional Australians, better services, better training for people in regional communities, and better outreach programs. The eight-point plan is the result of consultations conducted by Greens mental health spokeswoman, …

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Continuing professional development in mental health professions

CPD – does it really make a difference? Continuing professional development (CPD) is a common aspect of many mental health professions. Participation in CPD is intended to assist mental health professionals in maintaining, enhancing, and further developing their knowledge, skills, and competence, and to ensure the use of evidence-based practices throughout the mental health professions. Yet despite the emphasis on CPD there has, to date, been surprisingly little empirical research …

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