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'What's New' eNewsletter - March 2018

March 6, 2018

 

In this What's New: -

 

WORLD BIPOLAR DAY 2018 Events

Medibank to include Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Rebates

The HopeFull Institute

Suicide prevention trial an Australian first

Volunteer Support Grant

Butterfly Asks Australians to share the cost of eating disorders

Internet Addiction disorder (IAD)

Schizophrenia in Women - Role of Estrogen and Novel Treatments

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Depression - Case Study

Two month waiting period waiver for PHI upgrades for mental health treatment

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

Butterfly Foundation National Helpline 1800 ED HOPE expands hours

Consumer-led and carer-led workforce innovation grants

Draft Lived Experience Workforce Strategy

Minds Unleashed – New Poetry Additions

VMIAC - Consumer and Carer Led Innovation Grants

Glimpses – Glenda Pitchford’s Story of Dual Diagnosis

Power of the Country Award Nominations Open

 

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

 

 

WORLD BIPOLAR DAY 2018 Events

 

2018 World Bipolar Day, 30th of March, falls during Easter, so most organisations are running events in the week prior.

 

Wednesday 28th March 

“Questions Unanswered???”

Deakin EDGE, Federation Square, Melbourne 

Time:      6:00-8:00PM (Doors at 5:30)      See Attached Flyer  

Cost:      FREE but registration is required; tickets are available via Eventbrite, visit: https://wbd2018melb.eventbrite.com.au  

Open Address by Mr Gregory Ross, Australian Rotary Health Chair

Q&A Three expert panellists – and three important perspectives.

  • Internationally acclaimed Bipolar Researcher Prof Michael Berk of Deakin University,

  • Clinician A/Prof Chris Davey of Orygen Youth Health,

  • Expert by Experience Dr Sarah Russell of Research Matters fame.

 

Monday, 26 March, 2018;

NSW Parliament House, Sydney

Launch of a kit "Coming home with bipolar" written by Bipolar Australia with the purpose of: 

For carers of someone diagnosed with bipolar to receive information at the time of diagnosis. These could be at a Dr's room or in hospital.

Each level of the condition comes with suggestions about what to do to help the person.

The kit encourages consumer and carer to engage in an open dialogue and we hope that being informed about bipolar, will empower both to actively participate in the team treating the person. http://www.bipolaraustralia.org.au/about-us/world-bipolar-day/

 

Tuesday, 27 March,2018

Martin Place, Sydney, NSW

Information stall and Awareness point “Blow Bubbles for Bipolar”.  http://www.bipolaraustralia.org.au/blow-bubbles-for-bipolar

Bipolar Australia will have an Information stall and awareness encouraging point to “Blow Bubbles for Bipolar” The bubble is a metaphor as a person in a manic state is said to be “high” and bubbly, but when in the depression, “lows”, crashes like a bubble.

 

Wednesday, 28 March, 2018

On the grounds of the Parliament House

Time 3.00 P.M. WORLD BIPOLAR DAY 2018 will be celebrated in Canberra.

In this opportunity The Honourable Greg Hunt Minister for Health will join Bipolar Australia in the grounds of the Parliament House to " Blow Bubbles for Bipolar" bringing awareness to the condition.

The awareness ribbon created by Ryde Bipolar Inclusive Support Group, has been adopted to mark the occasion.

 

We would like to encourage all Australians that would like to support the awareness campaign, to join us to blow bubbles for bipolar.  Attachment 1

 

We would like to let everyone know, that bipolar is a condition showing different symptoms that need to be observed in a person in order to give a diagnosis, NOT A LABEL. And, to help the person showing those very identifiable symptoms, people helping the recovery, need one common name of the condition. That is the only purpose the name is absolutely necessary. After that time, is up to the person how would share his or her experiences.

 

Medibank to include Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Rebates

https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/01/05/20/39/alternative-drug-free-depression-treatment-delivers-results?utm_medium=rover

The treatment of depression has been given a boost with a major health insurer funding a non-drug approach to improve symptoms.

 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) involves the use of a magnetic coil to stimulate nerve cells in the brain.

 

The non-invasive treatment takes up to 40 minutes and patients need multiple sessions over several weeks.

 

Professor Colleen Loo said robust evidence showed TMS helped about 50 percent of patients.

 

"That's often despite having failed treatment with antidepressant medications and psychological therapy," UNSW Prof. Loo, a psychiatrist based at Sydney's Black Dog Institute, told 9NEWS.

 

The HopeFull Institute

http://thehopefullinstitute.com/about

The HopeFull Institute is all about Mental-Wellbeing for school aged children, and assisting parents and teachers in supporting this.

The HopeFull Institute provides knowledge and understanding that form the foundation on which students can build a hope filled future. It develops an understanding of the effects that external influences and personal cognitions have on the individual. By encouraging critical thinking, Developing a sense of hope correlates positively with self-esteem, positive emotions, athletic performance, health and wellbeing and greater academic satisfaction.

 

Suicide prevention trial an Australian first

https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/news/news-detail/2018/01/16/suicide-prevention-trial-an-australian-first?utm_medium=rover

“This trial is an important step in the search for better ways to protect people in NSW living with mental illness, particularly when they are in hospital and need the most support,” Mrs Davies.

 

As part of the suicide prevention project, patients will wear a back-to-base pulse oximetry wireless device (example pictured), in addition to a number of other observation tools used by medical staff.

 

The device monitors blood oxygen levels and if vital signs drop below a certain point or the patient removes the device medical staff will be alerted immediately.

 

Volunteer Support Grant

https://www.qcoss.org.au/volunteer-support-grants

The Grants Hub is committed to a strong and vibrant community and admires the dedication of volunteers, who generously give their time and talent to support worthy causes.

 

We’re excited to announce a Volunteer Support Grant to the value of $500 available to a person acting in a regular volunteering role.

 

Objectives of the grant

  • Provide support and recognition to volunteer work

  • Encourage volunteering

  • Provide access to resources to support the role of volunteers

 

Who is eligible to apply for the grant?

A person anywhere in Australia acting in a regular volunteer role for a period of 6 months or more.

 

Butterfly Asks Australians to share the cost of eating disorders

Butterfly has commissioned a consultative survey to be undertaken within the community, focusing on the cost of eating disorders treatment, and the impact on individuals and their families. The survey offers an opportunity for Australians to:

•           SHARE their experience of the financial costs related to the treatment of an eating disorder

•           HELP us to understand the impact of this cost on their daily lives

•           CONTRIBUTE to commentary for government, both Federal and State, for advocacy and change to current health policy.

Butterfly is keen to get insight from a wide range of experiences from the community, which in turn will allow us to better understand the financial impact on an individual and their family when treating an eating disorder. The survey is open to anyone over the age of 18 and living in Australia. It will take approximately 25 minutes to complete.

https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/about-us/media-centre/media-releases/butterfly-asks-australians-to-share-the-cost-of-eating-disorders/

 

Internet Addiction disorder (IAD)

https://psychscenehub.com/psychinsights/can-internet-addiction-lead-to-psychosis-a-case-report/

A 17-year-old student was brought to the clinic by his parents with a one-week history of changed behaviour and unusual beliefs. He started believing that his movements and actions were controlled by an external force through his laptop and phone resulting in him stopping their use.

Over the last 6 months, he started using internet excessively with the intention of finding information to make a drone.

The article covers the criteria for IAD and the 5 types of IAD.

 

Schizophrenia in Women - Role of Estrogen and Novel Treatments

https://psychscenehub.com/video/schizophrenia-women-role-estrogen-novel-treatments/

Estrogen is a gonadal hormone that can exert powerful effects in numerous regions of the brain, consequently affecting mood, cognition, and behaviour. 

Women with schizophrenia show lower level of circulating estrogens. It is in females that there is a second peak in incidence of schizophrenia (40-50 years) which is attributed to decreasing estrogen levels.

Prof Kulkarni discusses the role of Transdermal estradiol and Selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERM's) in treatment of schizophrenia in women.

 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Depression - Case Study

https://psychscenehub.com/psychinsights/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-depression-case-study/

Mr OB is a 31-year-old man who is a qualified teacher and semi-professional actor. He has never worked full time as a teacher due to his chronic depression symptoms which have been problematic for most of the last 10 years.

His treating psychiatrist had been managing his Chronic depression over the last 5 years and would see Mr OB for fortnightly to monthly appointments. Mr OB was referred for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment. He was given 30 sessions of Left Pre-frontal Cortex 10Hz (High Frequency) over 6-8 weeks.

 

Two month waiting period waiver for PHI upgrades for mental health treatment

From 1 April 2018, changes to private health insurance will provide a once-off waiver of the two-month waiting period for people who want to upgrade their cover for mental health treatment.  This is significant for access to mental health services, as the waiver of the waiting period is not available for any other health condition.

More information is available at http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/private-health-insurance-reforms-fact-sheet-supporting-mental-health

 

Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

(previously known as Camp Kookaburra) was founded in 2002 by Dianne Madden who through personal experience identified the lack of support for children living in a family affected by mental illness. The first camp was held with 16 kids. Today over 1100 kids are registered to the Kookaburra Kids program.

The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation supports kids living in families affected by mental illness. The program provides recreational, educational camps and other activities, giving kids a break, in a fun, positive and safe environment. Kids have the opportunity to meet other kids in similar families and develop new friendships.

Website - www.kookaburrakids.org.au   

 

Butterfly Foundation National Helpline 1800 ED HOPE expands hours

https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/our-services

Butterfly Foundation, Australia’s national organisation for eating disorders, today announces the expansion of the Butterfly National Helpline 1800 ED HOPE (1800 33 4673), with services now available from 8:00am to midnight AEST (daylight savings adjusted), seven days a week. This increase in hours commences on Wednesday 28th February 2018.

 

Consumer-led and carer-led workforce innovation grants

https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/mental-health/workforce-and-training/consumer-led-and-carer-led-workforce-innovation-grants

A Workforce Innovation Grant Program has been established to support consumer-led and family/carer-led innovation projects related to workforce development. A pool of $100,000 has been made available by the department to support a number of projects.  Ideas for themes include projects that:

  • Improve organisational capability to support lived experience workers

  • Develop and support consumer or family/carer leadership

  • Support career pathways for lived experience workers

  • Promote the value of various lived experience roles, including systemic advocacy

  • Bring together consumer and family/carer knowledge or expertise 

 

The process and criteria for the grants has been developed by the department supported by the consumer and family/carer workforce development groups.

 

Draft Lived Experience Workforce Strategy

A draft strategy has been developed by the Consumer Workforce Development Group, in consultation with participants at  the VMIAC workforce conference in 2017, and is now ready for further input from consumer workers employed in the Victorian mental health sector.

 

The strategy will prioritise actions to support the development of the consumer workforce. Consumer workers are invited to provide input into the draft strategy by reviewing and responding to the Consumer Workforce Strategy Consultation Paper. Feedback needs to be provided via email to: livedexperienceworkforce@dhhs.vic.gov.au by 16 March 2018.

 

Minds Unleashed – New Poetry Additions

https://www.thisismyreality.com.au/minds-unleashed-poetry

Minds Unleashed – A collection of poetry by people with a Mental Illness & their Carers.

Four new poetry additions, from Niall Carroll, Floss, Rowan Barber and Sharree Krause, tell of their hopes, dreams and mental health experiences.

 

VMIAC - Consumer and Carer Led Innovation Grants

The consumer and carer led innovation grants are now open for application. The applications are due by April 2nd.

 

The consumer-led and carer-led workforce innovation grants are open for application, again these have been collaboratively developed  the consumer and family/carer workforce development groups - criteria and forms can be found here: https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/mental-health/workforce-and-training/consumer-led-and-carer-led-workforce-innovation-grants  

 

Glimpses – Glenda Pitchford’s Story of Dual Diagnosis

https://www.thisismyreality.com.au/glimpses-consumer-stories

Glimpses – A compilation of uncensored real-life experiences with Mental Illness.

 

This manuscript of personal experiences with mental illness is 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.

 

Power of the Country Award Nominations Open

Is there someone in your community that is an everyday hero?

 

Nominate them for The Power of the Country competition today.

Powercor are the major partner of the Country Festival between Geelong and Essendon Football Clubs which aims to celebrate everything that is great about regional Victoria, the people and their communities.

 

To recognise and reward local heroes, Powercor have launched The Power of the Country competition to acknowledge the selfless work these individuals do for their community every day.

 

Nominate your local hero by completing the form and telling us why he/she qualifies for The Power of the Country prize.

 

From the nominations, five finalists will be selected and a 1st prize winner chosen.

 

The winner will receive:

- $5,000 individual prize

- $5,000 donation to their chosen cause or charity

The four runners up will each be awarded $500.

 

Nominations close 20 April 2018.

https://www.powercor.com.au/about-us/community-and-environment/power-of-the-country

 

*Nominees must be a resident of Victoria living or working in Regional Victoria.

 

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

 

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, 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.

Survey available at: www.sane.org/better-support-project  

 

Looking for New Ways of Living Well with Bipolar?

www.orbitonline.org        See Attached Flyer

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/                     See Attached Flyer

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                      See Attached Flyer  

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/               See Attached Flyer

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

See Attached Flyer

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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