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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Secure your Earlybird Registration – 5th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium

Early Bird Registration closes on Friday 30th August for the 5th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium so be sure to register and make payment prior to this date to secure the discounted registration rates. You can register via the Symposium website http://anzmh.asn.au/rrmh/ or by clicking here. There will be over 60 exciting and thought-provoking presenters sharing their views on this important topic of Rural & Remote Mental Health.  The …

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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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Repetitive Pointless Behaviour in Dementia

Parkinson’s disease and stimulant use: Punding and Impulse Control Disorders associated with dopaminergic agents. Repetitive behaviour, often pointless or maladaptive, occurs in association with a number of brain disorders, including dementia. One recently described example occurs as an adverse effect of the dopaminergic treatment of Parkinson’s disease or Restless Legs Syndrome. This disorder (‘the dopamine dysregulation syndrome’) has been named ‘punding’ – a term first used in Sweden for the …

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