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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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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The Future of Psychiatry and Mental Health Services – Prof Philip Morris

Professor Philip Morris addressed the delegates of the 14th International Mental Health Conference earlier this week.  Here is his presentation My talk can only be a series of remarks about the current state of some aspects of mental health services and the field of psychiatry and where I think the path of these important institutions will meander in the future. DSM-5 Lets start with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) …

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Dr John Durkin, from the UK to keynote and workshop at the Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Conference 2013

Dr John Durkin is a psychologist specialising in posttraumatic growth. Out of his early career as a firefighter, he developed an interest in the positive outcomes to traumatic experience. He worked with crisis intervention teams in New York’s fire and police departments following the September 11th attacks in 2001 and gained his PhD at the University of Nottingham UK in 2010. He is a Fellow at the Institute of Mental …

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Art Psychotherapy a creative space for those who experience mental health challenges

Visual art can be a beneficial intervention form in supporting families and children experiencing mental health challenges. Case studies show how art can be a valuable tool for children and their families to gain a greater understanding of each others experience of living with mental health difficulties. How such understanding can have the potential to bring about a sense of increased wellbeing for the individual as well as the family as …

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