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What's New - November 2017

November 1, 2017

In this What's New: -

 

Australia’s new digital mental health gateway, Head to Health, is now live

Hunter Institute of Mental Health – Rebranded

Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association – Free Membership & Educational Event Advertising

Positive Psychology Program Free Mindfulness Library

Orygen - Calling all younger ex-serving ADF personnel

PeachTree Perinatal Antique Gala

 

Research – Participants Required

Looking for New Ways of Living Well with Bipolar?

A brain imaging study of social and emotional processing in bipolar disorder

The Australian Genetics of Depression Study

Evaluate the Usefulness of a New Decision-Making Resource

New Treatment Trial for Bipolar Depression

The Effectiveness of Mangosteen for People With Schizophrenia

OCD Awareness Survey – SANE Australia

Mental health consumer and carer survey – Experiences of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Virtual Clinic – Sweet Spot Study

Bipolar Disorder Health and Lifestyle Study - Geelong

 

 

Australia’s new digital mental health gateway, Head to Health, is now live

A new website that links Australians to online and phone mental health services, information and resources is now live. Head to Health connects people to trusted online and phone mental health services appropriate for their individual needs.

Services and resources listed on Head to Health are delivered by Australia’s trusted mental health service providers. They include free or low-cost apps, online support communities, online courses, and phone services that are private and secure.

Head to Health aims to help people to take control of their mental health, at a time and place convenient to them, complementing or in place of face-to-face services. It supports people seeking help- either for themselves or someone they care about.

Head to Health is not only helpful when seeking support for a mental health condition, it also provides information about staying mentally well for every Australian.

Head to Health was developed in collaboration with the community, the mental health sector and the Department of Health.

www.headtohealth.gov.au  

 

Hunter Institute of Mental Health - Rebranded

After 25 years of delivering world-leading prevention programs and research as the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, on Monday 9 October we rebranded and relaunched as Everymind. https://www.everymind.org.au

 

Our Institute has been leading prevention programs and research across mental health and suicide prevention for over 25 years.

We believe in a world where all people and all communities are mentally healthy and live well. To achieve that vision, we need to ensure that prevention is a national priority and put it into practice – across every setting and across every community.

We were established in Newcastle in 1992 and have a long history of delivering successful and evidence-based programs across the country in partnership with governments, business, commissions, and philanthropic organisations.

 

Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association

** Free Membership & Educational Event Advertising **

Become a Member today. It’s Free!  https://anzmh.asn.au

 

Education and Training

Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association [ANZMHA] aims to EDUCATE professionals, ADVANCE knowledge for carers and consumers and ADVOCATE for improved services.

 

The role of the Association is to advance the field of mental health in the region with the application of knowledge about mental health, from mental health education, training, research and mental health advocacy.

 

To improve the opportunities available within the health sector, ANZMHA is offering a free service to promote education and training opportunities (to approved applicants). http://mentalhealthaustralia.org.au/events/table1_add.php

 

Positive Psychology Program Free Mindfulness Library

Contains 47+ Mindfulness Exercises, Activities and Techniques for Kids and Adults

To the point and easy to read and print (44 page PDF)

https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/mindfulness-library-2017-edition.html?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=MFSX-THINK&utm_content=LINK-AD

 

Orygen - Calling all younger ex-serving ADF personnel

Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, in partnership with Phoenix Australia, Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, is working through a number of ideas to improve the transition of younger serving ADF personnel.

 

To ensure that young people who have experience of this process are engaged in this important work we are holding a round table forum in Brisbane in the afternoon of Wednesday 1 November 2017. https://www.orygen.org.au/roundtable-invitation

 

Peach Tree Perinatal Antique Gala

Help support families experiencing Perinatal Mental Illness.        Flyer 1

Please join us in celebration of Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Awareness Week, for a fun evening of entertainment.

Saturday 11th of November 2017, 7pm to 11pm – Bookings https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=310455&

Venue is The Stamford Plaza, Brisbane.

 

 

Research

 

Looking for New Ways of Living Well with Bipolar?

www.orbitonline.org          Flyer 2

If you are over 18 and have bipolar disorder you may be eligible to help us trial new, online self-guided interventions designed to improve quality of life in people who experience bipolar. We are comparing two types of interventions that have been created by international experts which both include videos, exercises, tools, forums and an online coach.

To find out if these interventions are helpful, you would also be asked to complete 4 assessments (which include a telephone and online component) over a 6-month period. You will be reimbursed for participation in these assessments.

 

A brain imaging study of social and emotional processing in bipolar disorder

http://cogsbd.weebly.com         Flyer 3

Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric disorder characterized by extreme fluctuations in mood.  Some people with bipolar disorder experience impairments in thinking or difficulties in processing and regulating emotions.  It is possible that particular types of genes and circuits in the brain contribute to these difficulties, but further research is needed to understand their involvement.

 

This project aims to investigate the thinking and emotional patterns associated with bipolar disorder through the use of cutting-edge neuropsychology and neuroscience techniques.

 

The Australian Genetics of Depression Study

https://www.geneticsofdepression.org.au     

The overarching objective of the Australian Genetics of Depression Study is to learn more about the genetic drivers of clinical depression, and the genetic factors that influence the effectiveness of various clinical depression treatments.

 

Study researchers are working to recruit more than 20,000 Australians aged 18+ to the study who:

•Have been treated for clinical depression in the past; or

•Are currently being treated for clinical depression.

 

New Treatment Trial for Bipolar Depression

www.mangosteenbipolar.com           Flyer 4

Do you have bipolar disorder and are looking for something more than your usual treatment?

You are invited to join a preliminary study of the effectiveness and benefits of the Mangosteen Fruit Extract for people with Bipolar Depression.

 

The Effectiveness of Mangosteen for People With Schizophrenia

https://mangosteenschizophrenia.com          Flyer 5

The project aims to determine if the product made from mangosteen fruit will have a positive effect on the symptoms of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder

 

Mental health consumer and carer survey – Experiences of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/63Y53QN

The purpose of this survey is to inform Occupational Therapy Australia’s presentation at the upcoming National NDIS Mental Health Conference in November. OTA’s presentation will focus on current issues associated with the provision of NDIS services for people with psychosocial disability. The presentation is titled ‘Keep Calm and Carry On: A newcomer’s guide to the NDIS’. It will be delivered by Anita Volkert, OTA’s National Manager: Professional Practice and Development.

 

Virtual Clinic – Sweet Spot Study

https://virtualclinic.org.au/trials/sweet-spot  

We are recruiting individuals who are currently experiencing difficulties with anxiety and/or low mood for a study to evaluate our online treatment program with varying levels of support.  The study uses our well-established 6-lesson mixed anxiety and depression course as part of the program – it is very good and is certainly the most popular of all our courses.

 

Bipolar Disorder Health and Lifestyle Study - Geelong

http://www.barwonhealth.org.au/currently-recruiting-clinical-trials-other-studies/item/geelong-bipolar-disorder-health-and-lifestyle-research-study           Flyer 6

This study aims to investigate health and lifestyle factors associated with bipolar disorder and its related illnesses.

The purpose of this investigation is to increase our understanding of bipolar disorder and related illnesses, and may benefit people with bipolar disorder by further understanding the illness.

Participants must have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, be aged over 20, and usually reside in the Geelong and surrounding area.

 

You are invited to submit content on mental health related information, sites, events, research call for participants or findings, etc. for inclusion in my monthly newsletter. I will endeavour to post the eNewsletter at the start of each month (mental health permitting). Please submit any items for inclusion to info@thisismyreality.com.au by the 26th of the month, for inclusion in the following month’s eNewsletter.

 

Due to my limited IT capabilities and inability to embed attachments with this newsletter, you can find them at my 'What's New eNewsletter' page, by going to https://www.thisismyreality.com.au/whatsnewenewsletter

Hopefully my IT Guru can educate me on this over the coming month.

 

 

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