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'What's New' eNewsletter July 2018

July 6, 2018

 

In this What's New: -

 

19th International Mental Health Conference

The Australian Mental Health Party

Sponsorship available for better mental health outcomes

wisemind.com

10 Point Visual Guide to Organic Evaluation In Mood Disorders

The Australian & New Zealand Mental Health (ANZMH) Association New-Look Website

Office for Mental Health & Wellbeing established in ACT

VICSERV now Mental Health Victoria

Mission Australia's 17th Annual Youth Survey

ADHD and Bipolar Disorder Research Findings

Red Cross MyTeam App: mental health support in your pocket

Mandatory Sentencing – Victoria

2018 Youth Health Conference

Borderline Personality Disorder in Youth FREE Webinar

Nominations now open for the 2018 Australian Mental Health Prize

National Suicide Prevention Research Fund is today opening applications for PhD scholarships

Childhood trauma unpacked

State of Origin and conversations that matter...

Glimpses – Craig Hamilton’s Emerging Bipolar

 

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

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

Free* 2 Day Workshop in Suicide Risk Assessment & Techniques for Responding to Suicidal Persons

WellWays - Spotlight on the issues that matter

 

 

19th International Mental Health Conference

https://anzmh.asn.au/conference

8th – 10th August 2018

RACV Royal Pines, Gold Coast, Queensland

 

Hosted by the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association, the 19th International Mental Health Conference continues to support and improve the quality of life for those working with or living with a mental illness.

 

This Conference creates a positive and collaborative learning environment with renowned speakers, and seminars that tackle current (and sometimes controversial) topics and highlights mental health on a global stage.

 

This is one of the BIGGEST Conferences collaborating pivotal leadership and management level, medical (psychiatrists, psychologists, GPs, clinical nurses), allied health (counsellors, social workers, music therapists, occupational therapists, support workers), education or academic (professors, lecturers, researchers, students), community (peer workers, support workers, program coordinators or managers) and policy and advocacy professionals.

 

The Australian Mental Health Party

www.amhp.org.au

The Australian Mental Health Party is a new independent political party representing mental health. More broadly we aim to improve psychological and emotional well-being, to optimise human potential, to respect diversity, increase participation, and to help every person in our society live happier and more fulfilling lives.

https://www.amhp.org.au/2017/what-we-stand-for

The vision of our party is for all people in Australian society to have optimal mental health and well-being.

https://www.amhp.org.au/members/join-the-party

 

Sponsorship available for better mental health outcomes

https://www.qmhc.qld.gov.au/about/sponsorship

The Queensland Mental Health Commission is inviting applications up to $10,000 for sponsorship that support achievement of better mental health outcomes for Queenslanders.

 

Sponsorship enables the Commission to support community awareness events, enhance knowledge sharing and collaboration. It supports a range of events, conferences and other activities after considering how each application meets the assessment criteria.

 

Applications for financial sponsorship are assessed against criteria, with rounds closing 31 August and 30 November 2018.

 

wisemind.com

https://wisemind.com

wisemind.com offers health professionals, individuals and their loved ones private access to mental health resources.

 

Choose the Sessions You Want to Watch - Each member has access to exclusive sessions from world experts.

Watch the Sessions, Anytime, Anywhere - Sessions are streamed instantly over the Internet. All you need is a mobile or WiFi connection.

 

 

Free* 2 Day Workshop in Suicide Risk Assessment & Techniques for Responding to Suicidal Persons

The Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) at Griffith University is seeking your interest and participation in our 2-day Screening Tool for Assessing Risk of Suicide (STARS) + responses to suicidal persons training for those working with suicidal persons.

Our workshop places important emphasis on lived experience, and is proudly delivered with Roses in the Ocean (RITO)!

Do you qualify for this free training?

If you: 1) work frequently with suicidal persons; 2) undertake suicide risk assessment and responses with suicidal persons, 3) are interested in learning more about the STARS protocol and associated brief intervention techniques/responses, 4) work within Brisbane North PHN region, then this 2-day FREE training is for you!

Training is available on the below dates.

•        August 16th & 17th: Brisbane North PHN Office, Lutwyche

•        October 4th & 5th: Brisbane North PHN Office, North Lakes

Register your interest here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScBNXUeFPj4V4AjMNlL0IArG65Tl_8ABWlI3maUlIfcsi7u6Q/viewform

 

10 Point Visual Guide to Organic Evaluation In Mood Disorders

https://psychscenehub.com/psychinsights/10-point-visual-guide-organic-evaluation-mood-disorders

A range of medical conditions can mimic psychiatric disorders.

 

Koranyi and Potoczny reviewed 21 studies dealing with the rate of diagnosed and undiagnosed physical illnesses in the psychiatric patient population. These studies performed by different authors in variable clinical settings with diverse methodology in different locations over a period of 45 years yielded a close concordance.

Approximately half of the patients (50.1%) suffered from significant physical illnesses, of these 58.2% were previously undiagnosed.

A substantial portion of the physical illnesses (27.1%) produced symptoms showing a direct relation to the psychopathology of the patient.

 

The Australian & New Zealand Mental Health (ANZMH) Association New-Look Website

The Australian & New Zealand Mental Health (ANZMH) Association is proud to announce the launch of a new-look website at www.anzmh.asn.au as well as a new  exclusive 'Members Only' Resource Centre.

 

Find out more about our annual conferences, discover the latest in mental health news and gain access to hundreds of past conference presenter podcasts, slideshows and poster presentations.

 

Office for Mental Health & Wellbeing established in ACT

http://health.act.gov.au/our-services/mental-health/office-mental-health

The ACT Government has formally established the Territory's first Office for Mental Health & Wellbeing following extensive consultation with the mental health community. The Office will develop a renewed vision for mental health in the ACT with a focus on suicide prevention, and coordinate the provision of services throughout the continuum from early intervention through to acute crisis care.

 

VICSERV now Mental Health Victoria

A reminder to the sector that the peak body for mental health service providers in Victoria, formerly VICSERV, has undergone a name change and is now Mental Health Victoria. Along with the name change is a new logo, brand and a new-look website accessible via the URL: www.mhvic.org.au Mental Health Victoria can be reached by phone on (03) 9519 7000.

 

Mission Australia's 17th Annual Youth Survey

https://www.missionaustralia.com.au/what-we-do/research-evaluation/youth-survey

The 2018 Mission Australia Youth Survey is now open.

 

The Mission Australia Youth Survey is Australia’s largest online youth survey, providing a platform for young people aged 15 to 19 to ‘speak up’ about the issues that really concern them.

 

Each year, the Youth Survey gives valuable insights into the lives of young Australians and an understanding of their aspirations, values, concerns and ambitions. The survey provides a snapshot of how young people feel about their own lives and broader national issues.

 

The survey closes on 31 July 2018, with results to be analysed and released before the end of the year.

 

WellWays - Spotlight on the issues that matter

You may recall that with the development of a new Advocacy Strategy in early 2016, Wellways decided to design and implement a grassroots ‘forum’ approach, to consult with members of communities about the issues that matter the most to them, and support them in being empowered and effective advocates. This model was thoroughly and successfully tested throughout 2017.  See Attached

 

The Advocacy Team facilitated 14 Advocacy Forums in five states and territories. Three hundred and ninety five community members attended, raising issues of great concern that affect the lives of people impacted by mental illness. We have compiled an evaluative ‘Spotlight on the issues that matter’ document that is a report of the findings from all forums, an overview of the forum method and a summary of post-forum feedback and outcomes. The ‘Spotlight on the issues that matter’ document also signals new directions for 2018, building on the contributions, knowledge-base and systems developed so far.

 

The document has been formulated to be a useful advocacy tool for you and others who wish to advocate for social, structural and systemic change on behalf of all people affected, including those directly impacted by mental ill health, family members/carers and communities.

 

We are currently preparing Call to Action documents to use in lobbying politicians in the lead up to the Victorian and federal government elections, the Spotlight will be one of many information sources for the Call to Action.

 

If you have any feedback or would like to make contact with the advocacy team please do not hesitate to call us on  1300 111 400 or email advocacy@wellways.org

 

ADHD and Bipolar Disorder Research Findings

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/health-news/adhd-bipolar-disorder-among-mental-12761463

ADHD and bipolar disorder among mental illnesses that are inherited through genes - new research shows

The joint research, by Trinity College Dublin and US universities MIT (Massachusetts) and Harvard, has found that psychiatric disorders share significant similarities that are categorised by a genetic link.

 

Red Cross MyTeam App: mental health support in your pocket

https://www.redcross.org.au/myteam

MyTeam is a new app co-designed by carers, clinicians and other mental health experts including people with lived experience. The app helps users build and connect with a personalised support team, set and manage goals, and track mood to keep mentally healthy. The app recognises that for people who experience mental health issues, having the right people around can make all the difference in preventing a crisis.

 

Mandatory Sentencing – Victoria

https://www.fclc.org.au/support_not_mandatory_sentencing?utm_campaign=mandatorysentencing_email1_a&utm_medium=email&utm_source=fclc

"These changes will make me think twice about calling 000 when dealing with someone experiencing psychosis." - a Victorian nurse

 

The Andrews government is rushing to expand mandatory sentencing in Victoria. Mandatory sentencing is bad law, as each situation, each person, is different.

Seriously distressed people, people experiencing mental illness, people scared in a crisis – deserve a chance to be heard. Judges must be able to consider all the circumstances for every case that comes before them.

 

Jailing people without exception silences these experiences.

 

Justice will only be served if we hear all the facts. We need to get the full picture.

But instead of allowing courts to consider all of the information, Premier Andrews is choosing to lock people up indiscriminately.

 

Don’t be fooled, a prison sentence for 6 months is a life sentence. When you go to prison you are disconnected from your family. When you go to prison you lose your job, you lose your home.

 

There is a better way.

People struggling with mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction need support, rehabilitation and treatment – not prison.

 

Emergency service workers need their calls for more staffing and resources answered.

An emergency service worker should not have to choose between their safety and sending someone to jail.

 

Sign the petition calling on Premier Daniel Andrews to reconsider this policy and reject mandatory sentencing.

in hope,

 

Serina, Tyrone, Kieran and everyone at

Federation of Community Legal Centres

 

2018 Youth Health Conference

EVENT DETAILS

DATE: 7 - 9 November, 2018

LOCATION: Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: Available until 28 September, 2018

https://www.youthhealth.com.au/

 

It is my great pleasure to invite you to attend the 2018 Youth Health Conference, hosted by the Australian Association for Adolescent Health’s 2018 Youth Health Conference at the beautiful Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa on Queensland’s Gold Coast from November 7th – 9th . This year’s conference theme – “Owning Future Change” – invites young people, clinicians, researchers, educators and policy makers to act now to identify challenges and implement solutions to create real change in the lives and health of young Australians. 

 

The 2018 Youth Health Conference is the platform where the latest research findings will be presented with policy and practice recommendations, and where innovative models of care will be showcased. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Health and Sexuality Education and Sexual Health are major themes in this year’s conference.

 

We are excited to hear our invited keynote speakers, young people, academics, and colleagues from a range of organisations present the latest research, current issues, and innovative programs that have been developed to address young people’s needs.

 

The 2018 Youth Health Conference will provide delegates the opportunity to network and collaborate with a diverse range of young people, clinicians, academics, government representatives, educators, support workers and community agencies. Be enthused, energised and motivated to listen, learn, work together and put evidence into practice.

 

I look forward to seeing you in November,

 

Geraldine Dyer, Conference Convenor, AAAH Vice President

Clinical Nurse, State Schools Nursing Service – Central Qld Region, Department of Education Queensland Government

 

Borderline Personality Disorder in Youth FREE Webinar

http://www.webcasts.com.au/mhpnspectrumbpd_230718/

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network, in partnership with the Australian BPD Foundation and Spectrum Personality Disorder Service for Victoria is producing a free webinar series to increase clinicians’ expertise and ability to provide high quality, responsive, evidence-based treatment, care and support for people with borderline personality disorder (BPD).

 

The fourth webinar, Borderline personality disorder in youth and early intervention, will feature a presentation by each panellist - based on a case study, followed by a Q&A session.

When: Monday 23 July 2018

Time: 7:15pm – 8.30pm (AEST)

Where: Online - join via your computer!

Cost: Free

 

Nominations now open for the 2018 Australian Mental Health Prize

https://www.australianmentalhealthprize.org.au/about/

The Australian Mental Health Prize recognises the outstanding contributions of Australians to either the promotion of mental health, or the prevention and treatment of mental illness. National Mental Health Commission Chair Lucy Brogden launched this year's Mental Health Prize at UNSW Sydney this week. To enter, nominees must provide a CV and 200 words outlining the work being undertaken and how it is making an impact.

 

National Suicide Prevention Research Fund is today opening applications for PhD scholarships

https://www.suicidepreventionaust.org/news/national-suicide-prevention-research-fund-today-opening-applications-phd-scholarships

Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) have opened applications for 6 scholarships for researchers in the field of suicide prevention. These scholarships are jointly funded by Regional Australia Bank and Anytime Fitness Australia. Applications close 3rd August.

 

Childhood Trauma Unpacked

http://growinggreatschoolsworldwide.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Children-and-trauma.pdf

Author Sue Roffey (Growing Great Schools Worldwide) distinguishes between stress and trauma in this helpful 12-page fact sheet.

She explores various features of ‘children and trauma’ and shares insights into the phases of the healing journey, advocates for self-care of parents and other adults, and offers a list of indicators that suggest more professional support may be required.

 

State of Origin and conversations that matter...

Blokepedia will be hosting an event at Brisbane’s Hotel West End to coincide with State of Origin III on Wednesday 11 July. 

 

With suicide remaining the leading cause of death for Australian men aged between 15 and 44, Blokepedia aims to create opportunities for more open, authentic conversations around the issues and topics that are impacting the lives of Aussie men.

 

Our State of Origin event brings together former NRL greats Matthew Elliott, Dale Shearer, Sione Faumuina and David Myles for an evening of rugby league and conversations that matter.  Our panelists will be sharing their stories and experiences, as well as discussing men’s mental health and wellbeing.  And of course, there will be plenty of discussion around footy and the 2018 NRL State of Origin series.

 

Following the pre-game discussion, kick back in the private function room to watch QLD take on NSW in State of Origin.  A portion of each ticket sold will go towards supporting the Men of League Foundation.

 

Where:                                 Wednesday 11th of July at Hotel West End, South Brisbane.

Time:                                    6:00pm

Tickets:                                $20 and include light refreshments.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversations-that-matter-state-of-origin-game-iii-tickets-45890679257

 

Glimpses – Craig Hamilton’s Emerging Bipolar

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

In September 2000 I was admitted to a Psychiatric Hospital for two weeks after suffering a psychotic episode at Broadmeadow Railway Station in Newcastle.

 

For three days I was in the maximum security lock down ward after being scheduled under the Mental Health act.

 

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

 

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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