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'What's New' eNewsletter - December 2017

December 3, 2017

 

In this What's New: -

 

Black Dog Institute translates research outcomes into education and training programs

Identifying barriers to change: The lived experience worker as a valued member of the mental health team

The Check-in app

Guidelines for integrated suicide-related crisis and follow-up care in Emergency Departments

Call for Personal Stories – Glimpses

bipolar-lives website

What is Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy? (+4 REBT Exercises, PDF)

Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association (ANZMH) offer you a FREE membership for 2018

 

 

Research – Participants Required

Burnout online study (BOOM)

Mental Health Wellbeing Survey – Closes 31/12/2017

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

Early intervention in mental illness and substance abuse

Black Dog Institute Suicide Prevention Research

Black Dog Institute e-Mental Health Research

 

 

Black Dog Institute translates research outcomes into education and training programs

Black Dog Institute translates research outcomes into education and training programs for health professionals, schools, community groups and workplaces. Available nationally face to face, online, via webinar, podcast and downloadable resources, our programs improve diagnosis and treatment, reduce stigma, promote help seeking, improve organisational performance and increase individual wellbeing.

Visit www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/education-training for more information.

 

Identifying barriers to change: The lived experience worker as a valued member of the mental health team

A Grounded Theory study funded by the Queensland Mental Health Commission explored executive/senior management perspectives on the barriers and enablers facing the lived experience workforce, with a particular emphasis on why organisations were embracing lived experience workers to greater or lesser degrees.

www.researchgate.net/profile/Louise_Byrne2/publication/320181223_Summary_Identifying_barriers_to_change_The_lived_experience_worker_as_a_valued_member_of_the_mental_health_team/links/59d3175aaca2721f436b9f26/Summary-Identifying-barriers-to-change-The-lived-experience-worker-as-a-valued-member-of-the-mental-health-team.pdf

 

The Check-in app

Who's it for? Anyone who wants to check in with a friend but is concerned about saying the wrong thing or making the situation worse.

How's it work? The app takes you through four steps, super easy and super quick, getting you to think about where you might check in, what you might say and how might you support your friend. There is also a section showing you things to consider, such as what if my friend denies there is a problem or what if I say something silly.

After you have had your conversation you can go back into the app and rate how it went. The app will then give you advice on the next steps.

There’s also links to where you can get support and tips from young people.

www.youthbeyondblue.com/help-someone-you-know/thecheckin

 

Guidelines for integrated suicide-related crisis and follow-up care in Emergency Departments

Black Dog Institute has published Guidelines for integrated suicide-related crisis and follow-up care in Emergency Departments and other acute settings. These Guidelines have been produced by the Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan initiative using ‘Delphi’ methodology and are based on the input of leading clinicians and people with a lived experience of suicide. It is hoped that these guidelines can be used by those working in acute settings to inform service planning, better equip and support staff to work effectively with those at risk of suicide, and guide empathic, compassionate responses to people experiencing suicidal crisis.

www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/research/lifespan

 

Call for Personal Stories ~ Glimpses - A compilation of uncensored real life experiences with Mental Illness        Attachment 1

I compile this manuscript of personal experiences with mental illness for free distribution to Carers, Consumers, Educators and Clinicians, in hope of increasing awareness, understanding and reducing stigma surrounding mental illness and would benefit greatly from your story. Most contributors indicate it was a very therapeutic exercise writing about their experiences with mental illness.

 

The manuscript is called Glimpses and a free is available by electronically (pdf or .docx) upon request and attached to this email. Several Universities use this manuscript as a course resource, it is posted on websites nationally and internationally. So only submit your story if you are happy for it to be distributed and forwarded freely.

 

If you haven’t already done so, I am inviting you to submit your Consumer or Carer story on your personal experiences with: - Anxiety Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Anorexia, Post Natal Depression, Hearing Voices, any other MI I have overlooked.

 

The average length of stories are 6 to 15 pages. However, I do have those that are 4 pages, (4 pages minimum accepted, narrow margins, size 12 Arial font, single line spacing)

 

People have told of the lead up to diagnosis, dealing with MH Services, medication issues, identifying triggers, working towards recovery and coping strategies. What and how much you want to share is up to you. Use your whole name, first name or a pseudonym, the choice is yours; but please know that your story, however you present it, could make a difference in how the world sees us.

https://www.thisismyreality.com.au/glimpses-submission-invite

 

bipolar-lives website

www.bipolar-lives.com

The team at Bipolar Lives has been busy researching topics that might apply to you.

Regardless of the type of bipolar disorder you suffer from, chances are you can find information, support and help for almost every aspect of your life in our posts.

 

What is Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy? (+4 REBT Exercises, PDF)

www.positivepsychologyprogram.com/rational-emotive-behavior-therapy-rebt/?utm_source=ConvertKit&utm_medium=Email

For many years, mental health professionals would focus their attention on emotions and behaviours, giving less thought to how their clients actually think. Psychoanalysis didn’t consider the client’s way of thinking to be especially problematic; instead, it aimed to penetrate the unconscious mind.

 

Behaviourism also largely ignored the way people think, but for different reasons – the focus was on the client’s behaviour rather than their inner experience.

 

Albert Ellis noticed this gap in therapy work and hypothesized that the thoughts people have and the way they think could be much more vital for understanding and treating clients than current therapies assumed.

 

His work left a marked impact on the therapy world, and introduced a new type of therapy that contributed to the development one of the most popular and effective forms of therapy available today.

 

In this piece, you’ll learn about the foundations, theories, and techniques of this ground-breaking therapy: Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy.

 

Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association (ANZMH) offer you a FREE membership for 2018

www.anzmh.asn.au/about/membership

•        Enjoy discounts on all annual Conferences and workshops that fall under our Association. This includes international and rural mental health, anti-bullying, eating disorders and obesity, addiction, domestic violence and employment solutions.

•        Get instant access to one of the largest and most extensive resource library on the mental health sector in Australia, including speaker podcasts and presentations from the last 15 years

•        Expand your knowledge and add to your research material with access to a selection of quality peer and non-peer reviewed academic papers

•        Become recognised as part of one of Australia’s biggest mental health communities with an annual membership certificate, valid for the calendar year

•        Save money on your professional insurance costs with our exclusive AON membership offer. Get a quote NOW.

•        Customised email settings, ensuring you receive only the industry news you find most relevant 

 

Research - participants required

 

Burnout online study (BOOM)

Are you currently experiencing BURNOUT?    www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/research/participate-in-our-research/burnout-online-study?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=Black+Dog+Institute

Whether you are working, retired, studying or responsible for home/care duties, you may be currently feeling burnt out. If so, you are invited to participate in research aiming to clarify the nature of burnout, as well as to develop a tool to accurately measure the condition.

 

Mental Health Wellbeing Survey – Closes 31/12/2017

Mental Health Foundation Australia www.mhfa.org.au/Events/mental-health-wellbeing-survey

Your experience of mental illness is a source of important information to us. Please give us a moment of your time to complete the following survey.

 

Looking for New Ways of Living Well with Bipolar?

www.orbitonline.org          Attachment 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

www.cogsbd.weebly.com        Attachment 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

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.

If you know of anyone living with depression, now or in the past please let them know about the study.

 

New Treatment Trial for Bipolar Depression

www.mangosteenbipolar.com            Attachment 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

www.mangosteenschizophrenia.com        Attachment 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 NDIS

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

www.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

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

 

Early intervention in mental illness and substance abuse

www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/research/key-research-areas/prevention-in-young-people

Adolescence can be a difficult time for many young people. It is seen as a crucial period for intervention as 75% of mental health problems emerge before the age of 25 years. Led by Scientia Professor Helen Christensen, the Black Dog Institute is focused on developing ways to prevent the onset of mental illness in young people. Prevention targeted at the right time can help to stop young people from experiencing episodes of both depression and bipolar disorder. To engage adolescents, our prevention work often utilises web-based technology and mobile apps.

 

Black Dog Institute Suicide Prevention Research

www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/research/key-research-areas/suicide-prevention for details on current prevention research

The Black Dog Institute is a strong and vocal player in suicide research, an area of great unmet need. The Black Dog Institute currently hosts the prestigious NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention, led by Professor Christensen.

 

Young Australians are more likely to take their own life than die from motor vehicle accidents or skin cancer. Suicide is the most common cause of death in Australians aged 15-44 and the tenth most common cause of death overall for Australian males. In Australia, the financial costs have been estimated at $17.5b or 1% of GDP.

 

Many people with suicidal thoughts are reluctant to seek help. The Internet can play an important role in overcoming obstacles for seeking help by providing accessible and anonymous prevention efforts. The suicide prevention research team are working on a range of projects in suicide prevention.

 

Black Dog Institute e-Mental Health Research

www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/research/key-research-areas/emental-health

The Black Dog Institute is a leader in the area of e-mental health research developing interventions to lower depression, lower suicide risk and promote wellbeing. It is known that about two-thirds of people with a mental illness do not seek help. Despite increased investment and strong evidence showing that prevention and intervention saves lives, factors like geography, stigma and social circumstances make it hard for people to get help.

 

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