Patrick McGorry on Australia’s mental health funding

Mental health has made a late entry into the election campaign, with Labor leader Bill Shorten yesterday promising a national suicide register and $72 million for 12 regional suicide pilot projects. Labor also promised to restore funding cuts to six early psychosis centres, and guaranteed that more than 95 Headspace centres across the country would stay open. That promise was matched by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who said that Headspace …

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Fathers may pass anxiety and depression to their children genetically, study finds

Men who are stressed can pass on anxiety and depression to their children and grandchildren, scientists in Australia have found, in a study which indicates parental advice has been “disproportionately” focused on the health and diet of women. The study, based on mice which were fed stress hormones, examined the behaviour of the first and second generations of offspring.  It found that the later generations – that had no contact with …

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Do parents need lessons for children’s mental health?

Parents should have lessons provided by the government on how to raise their children, Britain’s leading public health expert has said as reported by the BBC. Professor John Ashton, outgoing president of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH), said children were neglected by some schools and parents. He said the state should help stop children being crippled by conditions such as anxiety, anorexia and obesity. The FPH has released a …

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Suicide risk guidelines maybe misleading, study finds

The tool used by psychiatrists to determine which patients are in immediate danger of suicide is ineffective and meaningless, according to an analysis of studies spanning half a century. University of NSW Professor Matthew Large and University of Sydney Associate Professor Chris Ryan have called for risk assessment guidelines to be thrown out as a means by which to allocate resources to mental health patients as reported by the SMH. …

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Are antidepressants appropriate and effective for children?

Except for fluoxetine, antidepressants are ineffective in children and adolescents, according to findings from a systematic review involving four Australian mental health research centres. Fluoxetine is the only one of 14 antidepressants that performed better than placebo in reducing depressive symptoms, the review and network meta-analysis shows as reported by the Medical Observer. The study, involving 5260 patients aged from nine to 18 years in 34 randomised trials, was conducted …

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Mental health: Patrick McGorry says suicide rates now ‘a king tide’

Awareness about mental illness is being substituted for meaningful political action on the issue, the world-leading psychiatrist Prof Patrick McGorry has told the National Press Club in Canberra, adding that the leaders of the major parties had failed to outline the kinds of policies required to save lives. “Suicide rates have become a king tide, more than double the road toll, but awareness and rhetoric won’t fix that,” McGorry, a …

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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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Depression: New blood test could result in personalised treatment

Scientists have developed a blood test that can predict whether people with depression will respond to common anti-depressants, a discovery that could bring in a new era of personalised treatment for people with the debilitating mental illness. The researchers said doctors should in future be able to direct depressed patients with a certain level of inflammation in their blood towards earlier treatment with a more potent course of anti-depressants — …

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New collaborative set to improve mental health outcomes

A ground breaking collaborative is being formed to tap into the community and more effectively identify and respond to the Wide Bay’s mental health, alcohol and drug needs. Open forums were held recently in Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Gayndah to consult with consumers, carers and service providers before the Wide Bay Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategic Collaborative starts operating from July onwards. The collaborative is being led …

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Optimising CBT-I Treatment for Co-Morbid Insomnia and Depression

Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is an efficacious treatment for primary insomnia, resulting in enduring and long-term sleep benefits. It is considered to be an effective treatment for insomnia that is co-morbid with substance abuse, medical and/or psychiatric conditions. Because of the overlap between insomnia, physical health, and psychological health, improving the sleeping quality through CBT-I in these individuals also often results in subsequent improvements in the co-morbid conditions. …

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