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'What's New' eNewsletter June 2018

June 3, 2018

In this What's New: -

 

Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association Conferences Survey

Carers Forum - at The Malvern Town Hall

NSW Mental Health Commission – Suicide Prevention Survey

Mental Health Month grants now available

Royal Flying Doctor Service mental health literacy survey

My Health Record opt out date announced

What do you need from Orygen's professional resources

Free parenting forum: Mental health issues for young people

StandBy – Support After Suicide New Website

ReachOut Australia’s Bullying Action Pack

SANE Australia’s efforts to end Insurance Industry Discrimination

R U OK? have launched a new mobile App ‘Konnect’

Butterfly Foundation have launched a new blog

Yourtown – 10 pronged Suicide Prevention approach for Children & Youth

Life In Mind – Website Survey

 

Research – Participants Required

Relating to Others with Mental Illness Survey

Hearing Voices and Trauma

A Study Comparing Rural and Metropolitan Mental Health

Retirement pathways, mental well-being and suicide in older rural Australians (NSW)

What term do you prefer? Carer, supporter or something else?

Burnout online study (BOOM)

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

Supporting a Person after a Suicide Attempt

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

Virtual Clinic Mind Strong Study

 

Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association Conferences Survey

It's Sam from the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association. We are fellow Mental Health Association members. The reason I'm writing is because we are about to finalise the schedule for our upcoming conferences...

Please let us know which topics and conferences are of interest to you... This will help us create the best possible experience for you.

https://go.bucketsurveys.com/sf/94a6dfe2


Thank you so very much!

My warmest regards,

Sam Stewart, CEO, the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association

P.S. You will be helping us out a lot.

 

Carers Forum - at The Malvern Town Hall

It’s okay to care for yourself when you’re caring for someone else.

 

Caring for someone can be challenging and stressful. Carers, family members and friends who are looking after an older person, someone with disability, or someone with mental or cognitive health issues, are invited to take part in this year’s City of Stonnington Carers Forum.

 

WHEN: Thursday 12 July 2018 10am – 12.30pm

WHERE: Banquet Hall Stonnington Civic Centre Corner of High St and Glenferrie Rd, Malvern

HOW TO REGISTER: The forum is free to attend. Bookings are essential.

For more information or to book, contact Aged Services on 8290 3224 or

email agedanddiversity@stonnington.vic.gov.au

 

NSW Mental Health Commission – Suicide Prevention Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/communitysuicideprev

The NSW Mental Health Commission has just released a survey to gather information about what we think it would take to prevent suicide in our own community. We ask if everyone could take a few minutes to complete this survey as every bit of information is helping us get a step closer to preventing the devastating loss of life affecting so many communities and families.

 

Mental Health Month grants now available

Have you got an idea to promote wellbeing in your community?... Applications are now open for Mental Health Month grants programs in NSW and the ACT. Grants of up to $1,000 are available for community groups and organisations to host an event during Mental Health Month in October. The scope of Mental Health Month events is limited only by applicants' imagination and enthusiasm! ​

If you're in NSW, visit the Small Grants Program webpage for more information. In the ACT, visit the ACT Mental Health Month website and download the Program Guidelines.

 

Royal Flying Doctor Service mental health literacy survey

https://www.flyingdoctor.org.au/news/mental-health-literacy-study/

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) together with Australian Catholic University (ACU) are conducting a survey to find out more about Australia’s mental health literacy. This research will assist in understanding how much Australians know about mental health conditions and provide insight into what needs to be done to improve services. They would like to hear from people who live in all areas of Australia, including major cities, inner and outer regional areas, and remote and very remote areas.

 

My Health Record opt out date announced

https://www.myhealthrecord.gov.au/news/media-release-my-health-record-opt-out-date-announced

More than five million Australians already have a My Health Record, which provides a summary of their key health information, delivering better health outcomes for patients and their treating doctors and specialists.

 

Every Australian will be offered a My Health Record unless they choose not to have one during the three month opt out period that will run from 16 July to 15 October 2018.

 

What do you need from Orygen's professional resources

https://orygen.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9HRnoH8roPzTRSB?amp%3Bqid=718199

Orygen is seeking feedback from the youth mental health workforce on its training and education resources. 

 

Free parenting forum: Mental health issues for young people

Carers ACT is hosting a unique forum for parents, carers and friends to better understand depression, suicide, eating disorders, deliberate self-harm and other mental health problems in young people. Email mhcarers@carersact.org.au for more information.

When: Tues 19 June 2018, 7-9pm, Hellenic Club, Woden ACT

 

StandBy – Support After Suicide New Website

http://standbysupport.com.au/

StandBy – Support After Suicide has announced the launch of its new website, providing a greater online presence for Australia’s largest suicide postvention program.

 

ReachOut Australia’s Bullying Action Pack

https://schools.au.reachout.com/articles/bullying-action-pack

Bullying remains a complex and critical issue within schools, with 1 in 4 students reporting that they’ve been bullied on a regular basis. Research demonstrates adopting a comprehensive whole school approach is the best way to prevent bullying behaviour and promote respectful relationships in your school.

Download ReachOut Australia’s Bullying Action Pack for Schools and communities.

 

SANE Australia’s efforts to end Insurance Industry Discrimination

https://www.sane.org/media-centre/media-releases-2018/2140-insurance-industry-put-on-notice-off-the-back-of-mental-health-enquiry

SANE Australia is calling on the insurance industry to cease all practices that have been found to discriminate against people with mental illness, off the back of findings from a parliamentary inquiry into the life insurance industry.

 

R U OK? have launched a new mobile App ‘Konnect’

https://www.ruok.org.au/konnect-r-u-ok-creates-app-to-increase-moments-of-joy-and-connection-in-time-for-world-happiness-day

R U OK? have launched a new mobile App ‘Konnect’, designed to get people spending time with their loved ones by issuing challenges that get you connecting with friends and family in new and creative ways.

 

Butterfly Foundation have launched a new blog

https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/understand-eating-disorders/blog/

Butterfly Foundation have launched a new blog - a space for sharing all things body image and eating disorders related, written by Butterfly staff and those with a lived experience.

 

Yourtown – 10 pronged Suicide Prevention approach for Children & Youth

https://www.yourtown.com.au/sites/default/files/document/FINAL%20%28MR%29%20-%20KHL%20Insights%202018%20-%20Suicide%20-%2016.4.18_0.pdf

yourtown is calling on the community to join forces to suicides in children and young people in a new 10 pronged approach.

 

Life In Mind – Website Survey

https://www.research.net/r/LL8LNRD

Please participate in this survey consultation to guide the ongoing development of Life in Mind.

 

Life in Mind is a new website, which provides national leadership to support the development of safe and effective messaging about suicide prevention. It also aims to connect organisations, services and programs, as well as resources, research, news and events, related to suicide prevention and social and emotional wellbeing.

 

 

Research – Participants Required

 

Relating to Others with Mental Illness Survey – National Online

https://sydneypsy.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2f4ZbN5s3OcLyGV

You are invited to take part in a research study about how people with mental illness relate to one another and to others, and how this impacts their wellbeing.

 

Hearing Voices and Trauma  - Melbourne, Victoria

www.recallstudy.com

We are looking for volunteers to participate in a research project. The purpose of this project is to evaluate a trauma-focussed treatment for voice hearing experiences. Trauma-focussed treatments involve talking through traumatic events in order to process the emotion and meaning of the events and reduce their impact in the present day.

 

We are inviting people who:

- Are aged 18-75

- Have experienced events in their life that might be considered to be traumatic

- Hear voices, (sometimes referred to as ‘auditory hallucinations’) that may be related to this traumatic event

- Are fluent in English

Participation will involve:

- Being randomly allocated to receive the six session intervention, or to a waiting list group who will be offered the intervention following their participation in the study

- Completing three assessment sessions (a baseline intake assessment and follow ups at eight and 12 weeks). These sessions will involve talking about your mental health, voice hearing and past traumatic experiences and completing some paper and pencil questionnaires

- Completing 12 days of monitoring of your voice hearing and memories of the traumatic event using a smart phone app (six days in week one and six days in week eight)

 

Participants will be financially reimbursed for their time/travel for these assessment sessions. The assessment and intervention sessions will be held at the Voices Clinic at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)

If you are interested in taking part or want more information, please contact: Rachel Brand on (03) 9214 4840 and leave a message or email: rbrand@swin.edu.au 

 

 

A Study Comparing Rural and Metropolitan Mental Health - National

Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP)

 

Rural people are at significantly higher risk of suicide and generally report limited access to mental health support compared to metropolitan Australians. Complete this research to help us determine the best intervention strategies to address this gap.

 

If you would like to find out more, or to complete this survey please click https://griffithmhiq.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0USeA379RWGyjdz

 

Researcher: Amy Kaukiainen M. Clinical Psychology, Griffith University, amy.kaukiainen@griffithuni.edu.au

Supervisor: Kairi Kolves, AISRAP Principle Research Fellow, k.kolves@griffith.edu.au

 

Ethics Clearance

This study has been cleared in accordance with the ethical review process of Griffith University and within the guidelines of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. (GU Ref No: 2017/910)

 

Retirement pathways, mental well-being and suicide in older rural Australians – Rural/Remote NSW

Western Sydney University

 

The researcher, Kylie Crnek-Georgeson, is interested in talking to people about their experiences of work and retirement in rural communities, and how it might affect mental well-being, including any form of suicidal behaviour. This is not a survey-based project. Kylie will interview individuals, taking approximately one hour, and she is interested in talking to people from the following groups in rural and remote New South Wales.

 

People over the age or 45, living in rural or remote NSW, and who relate to one of the following groups:

Group 1- Next of Kin (NOK) – Lived Experience (has had a family member die by suicide in the last 10 years, who was either working or retired and over 45 years of age)

Group 2- Lived Experience (has had lived experience of suicide and is either retired or working and over 45 years of age)

Group 3 – Retired or working (has not had any lived experience of suicide, either themselves or through the loss of a family member, and is over 45 years of age).

If you are interested in participating in this study click https://www.suicidepreventionaust.org/content/research-invitation-letter-university-western-sydney to download the Invitation Letter. You are also invited to call Kylie to ask questions about the project, by phone, email or letter.

 

Phone: (02) 4620 3628

Mail: Western Sydney University, School of Medicine, The Health Research Institute, Building 3, Campbelltown Campus

Attention: Kylie Crnek-Georgeson

Locked bag 1797, Penrith, NSW. 2751

Email: k.crnek-georgeson@westernsydney.edu.au

 

This project has been approved by the WSU Ethics Committee, Approval number H12022

 

What term do you prefer? Carer, supporter or something else? – National Online

SANE Australia Research Project

 

Do you live with or support someone living with a mental illness? Or, do you manage symptoms and receive assistance from a carer?

 

SANE Australia is interested in how you describe this relationship. The survey will take approximately 3-minutes survey and be part of the process of shaping language used by SANE Australia.

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TBZTMN6 to learn more or to participate.

 

Burnout online study (BOOM) – National Online

https://blackdoginstitute.org.au/research/participate-in-our-research/burnout-online-study

Are you currently experiencing BURNOUT?

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.

 

Would the research study be a good fit for you?

 

The study might be a good fit for you if you:

  • are fluent in written and spoken English

  • are between the ages of 18 and 65

  • self-identify as currently experiencing ‘burnout’.

 

(Exercise Services & Instructors) The Opinions and Experiences of Adults with Mental Illness – Brisbane, Queensland

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 – National Online

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, Survey available at: www.sane.org/better-support-project   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? – International Online

www.orbitonline.org        

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 – Hawthorn, Victoria

http://cogsbd.weebly.com/       

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 – National Online & Postal Sample

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 – Melbourne, Victoria & Brisbane, Queensland

www.mangosteenbipolar.com          

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 – Geelong & Melbourne, Victoria

https://mangosteenschizophrenia.com/       

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) – National Online

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, Victoria

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

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 - ACT and NSW high schools

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 – Several studies including Apps, Online, Face to Face

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 – National Online & Apps

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.

 

Virtual Clinic Mind Strong Study – National Online

https://virtualclinic.org.au/trials/study

We are recruiting individuals who are currently experiencing difficulties with anxiety and/or low mood for a study to evaluate two of our online treatment programs.

 

The study uses our well-established 6-lesson mixed anxiety and depression course as well as our new mindfulness training course. Our job at St Vincent’s is to understand how established cognitive behavioural therapy compares to mindfulness training to help people with anxiety and/or depression to get better quicker and stay better for longer.

 

After completing a phone interview, people entering the study will be randomly allocated to either of these two courses and able to start treatment immediately.

 

 

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