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'What's New' eNewsletter - February 2018

February 6, 2018

 

In this What's New: -

 

A National Organisation for the Peer Workforce

An Alternative to Diagnostic Labels- The Power Threat Meaning Framework

Project to train Victorian mums to be support workers

Nominate your 2018 Queensland Volunteer of the Year

VICSERV’S Training Calendar

A guide to helping victims of child sexual abuse (CSA)

MHFA Consumer Art Competition – for Mental Health Month 2018

Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association. New Series of Conferences Survey

WiseMind – Byron Clinic

2018 Leadership Outlook - The Institute of Managers and Leaders & Beyondblue

Free Borderline Personality Disorder webinar series for practitioners

Blue Knot professional development training and educational workshops

Nicci’s Blog – I am Unique, therefore my experience is Unique

VoicesVic Training Calendar

VICSERV - Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

Life Sentence: A Police Officer’s Battle with PTSD

Perth man Liam Ramsey urges people to talk about mental health after losing both brothers to suicide

 

Research – Participants Required

(Exercise Services & Instructors) The Opinions and Experiences of Adults with Mental Illness

Supporting a Person after a Suicide Attempt

Burnout online study (BOOM)

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

New Treatment Trial for Bipolar Depression

The Effectiveness of Mangosteen for People With Schizophrenia

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

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

 

 

A National Organisation for the Peer Workforce Attachment 1

CONSULTATION about A Project to examine the feasibility of establishing a national organisation for the peer workforce (mental health) in Australia

 

If you are a peer worker, if you work in mental health with peer workers we want to hear from you at a consultation

 

Thursday 15 February 2018

Venue: - VMIAC - Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council Inc. 1 / 22 Aintree Street, BRUNSWICK EAST 3057

9.30 am  – 12.30 pm (starting promptly @ 9.45)

morning tea will be provided

 

RSVPs by Monday 12 February to:

pmhccn@peers.com.au

or freecall 1800 982 123 or mobile 0429 037 713

 

An Alternative to Diagnostic  Labels-The Power Threat Meaning Framework

The British Psychological Society has just released a framework for understanding distress without labelling it as one ‘mental illness’ or another: The Power Threat Meaning Framework

 

The Framework asks:

‘What has happened to you?’ (How is Power operating in your life?)

‘How did it affect you?’ (What kind of Threats does this pose?)

‘What sense did you make of it?’ (What is the Meaning of these experiences to you?)

‘What did you have to do to survive?’ (What kinds of Threat Response are you using?)

 

An attendee to the launch yesterday wrote: "When diagnosis 'shuts people up' by providing its illness narrative 'explanation' for their emotional distress, power isn't identified, threat responses aren't validated and meaning is rarely found."

 

The framework has been carefully designed to ensure that the lack of labels doesn't affect people's access to benefits or special consideration etc. It is clearly informed by an understanding of 'trauma' but doesn't put ‘post traumatic stress disorder’ or ‘’complex ptsd labels on people, and is a broad emotional distress framework that finally explicitly recognizes -

1)       humans are affected by experiences, and

2)       that the experiences which cause emotional distress are linked to how power operates in our lives.

 

The framework is available : https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/introducing-power-threat-meaning-framework

 

Project to train Victorian mums to be support workers

A $850,000 project led by La Trobe University will train Victorian mothers who have had post-natal depression or anxiety to become telephone support workers to new mums at risk.

 

More than 1000 women from Wyndham and Hume, identified at risk at the four-week maternal health check, will be invited to join the study comparing telephone peer support to the usual care offered by nurses and GPs.

 

The trial is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. A similar trial in Canada saw the peer support program almost halve rates of depression after three months.

 

VICSERV’s Training Calendar

http://vicserv.org.au/training/types-of-training

VICSERV's training courses have been specifically developed for those providing psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery services to people with severe and enduring mental illnesses.

Please see our Training Calendar to see our current six-month schedule of training courses.

 

A guide to helping victims of child sexual abuse (CSA) Attachment 2

It is generally estimated that 1 in 4 girls, and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused. The effects of CSA continue well after the abuse has finished. For many adults, the trauma pervades many areas of functioning, making life a struggle.

Please find attached a fact sheet on CSA

If you would like to deepen your knowledge of CSA I have written a comprehensive book on the subject. I have worked as a Psychologist, treating child and adult victims of child sexual abuse, and paedophiles. ‘I Believe you – How to heal from child sexual abuse’ includes:

1. Understanding child sexual abuse

2. How child sexual abuse affects us 

3. How to heal from child sexual abuse

‘I Believe you – How to heal from child sexual abuse’, can be purchased from most book stores through woodslane distribution, or through www.brookewoon.com  If you know someone who would benefit from a community of support I have a facebook page and group ‘Healing from Child Sexual Abuse’. I have also just started a general page on all things healing and happiness www.facebook.com/brookewoon

 

MHFA Consumer Art Competition – for Mental Health Month 2018Attachment 3

Competition open until 18th of May 2018. Up to 2 artwork submissions per person.

1st prize winner’s work will be featured on the 2018 Mental Health Month Poster

1st prize $1000, 2nd prize $500, 3rd prize $250.

 

Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association. New Series of Conferences Survey

It's Sam Stewart from the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association. The reason I'm writing is because we are about to launch a new series of Conferences...

 

But before I do that, I want to make sure we are covering the topics that are going to be most helpful to YOU...

 

So my question to you is this:

 

When it comes to mental health issues, what are the single biggest challenges the people of Australia and New Zealand are struggling with?

 

Would you please CLICK BELOW to tell me so that I can be sure to address your specific situation in our upcoming conferences?

Click here https://go.bucketpages.com/ds/6e090ed1

 

WiseMind – Byron Clinic

About 4 weeks ago we launched wisemind.com and since then we have experienced a wonderful response from people all around the world.

www.Wisemind.com is the first of it's kind and offers a number of worthy attributes.

 

Here are five things about wisemind.com that are important and are worth sharing with you:

1. Wisemind.com suits people living in remote and rural locations or for people not yet ready to access traditional counselling methods.

2. Wisemind.com makes access to mental health therapy affordable: $2.50 per session and accessible – online right here, right now.

3. Wisemind.com brings together the world's leading authorities including:

•        Bessel van der Kolk

•        Pat Ogden

•        Janina Fisher

•        Alan Fruzzetti

4. Wisemind.com offers relief and therapy in areas including;

•        Depression

•        Anxiety

•        Trauma

•        Self-harm

•        Suicide

•        Divorce

•        PTSD

•        Anger

•        Shame

5. Wisemind.com brings the very latest therapeutic techniques to a global audience and adds new sessions weekly.

 

I am very interested to hear your thoughts and comments on wisemind.com and how we can improve this service.

Gary Pike

Psychologist

Clinic Director, Byron Clinic

 

2018 Leadership Outlook - The Institute of Managers and Leaders & Beyondblue

https://managersandleaders.com.au/leadership-outlook/

The Institute of Managers and Leaders is excited to present the 2018 Leadership Outlook series on the topic of creating a mentally healthy workplace, in conjunction with beyondblue.

 

The Institute will be joined by members of the beyondblue workplace engagement team as they present a practical and thought-provoking workshop, followed by a panel discussion of local managers and leaders who will share their experiences.

 

This session will:

•Provide a forum for employers to learn about best practice approaches in workplace mental health

•Increase your knowledge and skills in applying a strategic, evidence-based methodology to create mentally healthy workplaces

•Outline strategies for adopting an integrated approach to workplace mental health including minimising risk, supporting those with mental health conditions and promoting the positives within the workplace.

•Provide overview of free resources and tools available through the HeadsUp website

 

The workshop will include a practical case study to work through your learnings. Join us for what is always an interactive and informative kick-off workshop for the year.

 

Free Borderline Personality Disorder webinar series for practitioners

http://www.webcasts.com.au/mhpnbpd210218/

Register for the second webinar in this professional development series, Treatment principles for people living with Borderline Personality Disorder, to be held on Wednesday 21 February, 7.15 – 8.30 pm AEDT. Attend to hear presentations from an expert panel, covering core treatment principles and strategies.

 

Funded by the Australian Government and produced by the Mental Health Professionals’ Network, in partnership with the Australian BPD Foundation and Spectrum Personality Disorder Service for Victoria, the series will help practitioners improve understanding of the complexities of BPD and better support people living with BPD and their families.

 

Blue Knot professional development training and educational workshops

Want to learn the principles of trauma-informed practice and apply them? Want to acquire new practice skills including around your own self-care? Keen to learn about evidence-based clinical best practice around complex trauma? Attend Blue Knot Foundation’s professional development training. 
 

To find out where and when our training sessions are scheduled, please review our Calendar of Events. Alternatively, you can download a PDF training calendar for Feb-June 2018 https://www.blueknot.org.au/Portals/2/Users/009/77/777/BKF%20In-House%20Training%20Booklet%202018.pdf?ver=2018-01-18-142542-597

 

Nicci’s Blog – I am Unique, therefore my experience is Unique

https://www.thisismyreality.com.au/niccis-blog

I have Bipolar, PTSD, with OCD & Borderline Personality tendencies (yep, I don’t like to do things in halves). Whilst all these illnesses have common traits, as for others experiencing these illnesses, no two of us experience the illness, in its entirety, in the same way.

 

This is just the same for the lay person. No two people are the same. Each person has their own idiosyncrasies, quirks and way of doing things.

 

Each of us face and travel through life, living it the way we do, because of our past experiences. Because of our childhood learnings and experiences. Because of our past interactions with others, the good, the bad and the ugly. Because of the level of intimacy we have shared with others. Because of the social groups we have been part of. Because of those who have been role models and inspirational in our lives. Because of those who have hurt and traumatised us. All of these experiences, and more, have come together to make us the individual we are today. Future experiences will continue to shape the individual we become.

 

VoicesVic Training Calendar - Attachment 4

https://www.prahranmission.org.au/ourservices/voices-vic/#page_1

Welcome to Voices Vic – a proud initiative of Prahran Mission.

 

Voices Vic is a statewide specialist program led by people with a lived experience, which seeks to improve the lives of people who hear voices.

 

Our team is testament to the empowerment that can be gained by learning how to work and live with hearing voices, with each member having traversed their own healing journey.

 

It is hard to think of an experience that is more misunderstood or stigmatised than hearing voices.

 

 

 

Life Sentence: A Police Officer’s Battle with PTSD

https://www.amazon.com.au/Life-Sentence-Police-Officers-Battle-ebook/dp/B01MYMQT6S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517933306&sr=8-1&keywords=simon+gillard

 

From the moment two police officers walked into his primary school to give a talk, Simon Gillard knew he wanted to be a policeman. It was a dream that stayed with him right through high school, and as soon as he was old enough he applied to join the force.

 

He began as an optimistic young probationary constable with a great sense of humour and passion for the job. But as his career began to build, so too did the number of cases he worked on, from high-profile murder investigations to paedophile rings, suicides to the investigation even of a fellow officer.

 

As the cases mounted, Simon started to suffer panic attacks and to drink heavily. Nights were the most difficult: he would shut his eyes only to be tormented by nightmares about missing young women, and schoolboys not much older than his own son, whose lives had been devastated.

 

Perth man Liam Ramsey urges people to talk about mental health after losing both brothers to suicide

https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/perth-man-liam-ramsey-urges-people-to-talk-about-mental-health-after-losing-both-brothers-to-suicide-ng-b88734363z

 

A Perth man has issued an emotional and desperate plea for people to start talking about mental health after both of his brothers committed suicide.

 

Devastated by the loss of his older siblings in the space of seven months, Liam Ramsey created a video encouraging people to speak up about suicide in a bid to help prevent it.

 

Research – Participants Required

 

(Exercise Services & Instructors) The Opinions and Experiences of Adults with Mental Illness

This consumer-led research project is on the attitudes and opinions of people living with, or recovering from, mental illness who are over 18 years of age, and who have engaged with exercise services (e.g. gyms, sports clubs, walking groups), or exercise instructors (e.g. personal trainer, exercise physiologist, coach)

.

Exercise can improve physical and mental health; exercise services and exercise instructors can play a key role in increasing exercise participation in people with mental health issues. The aim of this qualitative study is to better understand your opinions and experiences with exercise services and instructors to guide recommendations given to exercise staff and organisations about working with people recovering from mental illness.

 

Participation will involve a 30-60 minute interview over the phone, or in person if you live in the Brisbane area. Further information can be found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1TioQMQ32Clo6Q-thCH7hGyRBqRh9Qk_M

Justin Chapman

Research Officer, PhD

Phone: 0432 299 240

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

 

Supporting a Person after a Suicide Attempt

https://www.sane.org/media-centre/media-releases-2018/2111-research-examines-impact-of-supporting-someone-who-has-attempted-suicide

Here at SANE Australia, we are conducting a new piece of research in collaboration with the University of New England into people’s experience of supporting a person after a suicide attempt. The aim is to gain insight into the impact of supporting someone and the services or help that would make the role easier.

 

This research will lead to the development of resources to support people caring for a person after a suicide attempt.

 

If you are over 18 and have supported someone around attempted suicide in the last ten years, click here to take the 15-20 minute survey. Please also feel free to share with those in your network; the bigger sample we achieve, the more representative the research.

 

Looking for New Ways of Living Well with Bipolar?

www.orbitonline.org         Attachment 5

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/        Attachment 6

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.

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 7

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/        Attachment 8

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.

 

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      Attachment 9

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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