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'What's New' eNewsletter August 2018

August 10, 2018

In this What's New: -

 

Calls for consumer and carer participation in new national multicultural mental health project

New focus in trauma response

In a Good Place grants program

A Profile of Anxiety Disorders in Australian Children and Youth

2018 Australian Mental Health Prize

World Mental Health Day Partnerships

No More Harm National Conference

National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference

10th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium

AISRAP's Community Forum for World Suicide Prevention Day

Fixing NDIS National Conference

Separation anxiety disorder: not just for kids

Free school presentations

Stronger Communities Programme

 

Research – Participants Required

Helping people with bipolar II disorder make informed treatment decisions: evaluating a world-first website

What self-management strategies do you use for bipolar II disorder?

Development, Expectations & Mental Wellbeing

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

 

 

Calls for consumer and carer participation in new national multicultural mental health project

https://mhaustralia.org/media-releases/calls-consumer-and-carer-participation-new-national-multicultural-mental-health

Mental Health Australia together with the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) (link is external) is calling on consumers and carers from multicultural communities to join an advisory group that will work to improve mental health services for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people.

 

The project, led by Mental Health Australia in partnership with FECCA and the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA), represents a national focus on mental health for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and aims to aims to support service providers to improve cultural responsiveness and accessibility.

 

New focus in trauma response

https://news.flinders.edu.au/blog/2018/07/24/new-focus-trauma-response/

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder research at Flinders is unlocking a complex side to possible treatment.

The researchers say the little recognised effect of ‘non-memories’ may compound troubles for patients, and hamper effective treatment programs.

They believe that tackling this hidden problem could be an important step in improving outcomes for PTSD sufferers.

“The complexity of thoughts affecting people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder may be compounded by non-memories that potentially strengthen people’s beliefs that a feared outcome is likely to occur and contribute to a sense that ‘worse is to come’,” says research lead Dr Jacinta Oulton, from the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at Flinders University.

 

“As a result, the symptoms of PTSD may intensify and be less likely to subside over time.”

 

In a Good Place grants program

https://www.frrr.org.au/in_a_good_place.php

In a Good Place is a national grants program that provides support for community-driven initiatives that reduce social isolation, increase social participation and connectedness, and encourage people in rural, regional and remote communities who are at risk of - or are experiencing - mental health issues to seek help. The program is comprised of two open-call grant rounds per annum, offering grants of up to $20,000 from an annual funding pool of $200,000.

 

A Profile of Anxiety Disorders in Australian Children and Youth

Findings from the Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing

https://psychscenehub.com/psychinsights/a-profile-of-anxiety-disorders-in-australian-youth/

A group of researchers from Griffith University and the University of Western Australia have published findings from an important study on three specific anxiety disorders in Australian children and youth, in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.

More than 6000 Australian families were selected randomly and interviewed as part of the Young Minds Matter survey, which looked at the emotional and behavioural development of children and young people aged between 4 and 17 years.

 

2018 Australian Mental Health Prize

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

Australian mental health organisations and individuals are encouraged to submit nominations for the 2018 Australian Mental Health Prize. The Prize is awarded annually to an Australian who has made outstanding contributions to either the promotion of mental health, or the prevention/treatment of mental illness – in areas such as advocacy, research or service provision - that are of national significance.

 

World Mental Health Day Partnerships

As many of you would know Mental Health Australia runs the annual World Mental Health Day campaign for 10 October at www.1010.org.au If your organisation would like to come on board as a program partner this year, and receive FREE posters, postcards and digital materials to help promote the campaign, please email Emily.Roser@mhaustralia.org

 

No More Harm National Conference

https://nomoreharm.com.au/

The No More Harm National Conference will be held at QT Gold Coast on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 March 2019.  The aim of this national conference is to broaden our understanding of bullying, harassment and discrimination and the effects in the workplace, community and schools.

 

National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference

https://eatingdisordersaustralia.org.au/

The National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference will be held at Twin Towns Services Club on Thursday 27 – Friday 28 September 2018.

 

This annual conference is going into its 5th year and will provide the opportunity to share current research, celebrate successes and address challenges whilst learning and networking with like-minded professionals in the prevention, treatment and care of people living with an Eating Disorder and/or Obesity.

 

10th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium

https://anzmh.asn.au/rrmh/

The Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium will be held on Monday 15 – Wednesday 17 October 2018 at Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania.

 

The Symposium is celebrating 10 years of important discussions and education, providing a platform for collaboration of like-minded professionals who are passionate about improving mental health services and mental health outcomes within rural and remote Australia.

 

Suicide and harm prevention, physical health, digital and low intensity mental health, child and youth, supporting the mental health workforce and consumer focused recovery are some of the topics that will be addressed at the Symposium.

 

AISRAP's Community Forum for World Suicide Prevention Day

https://www.thewebconsole.com/tools/dbm/campaign/view/contact/31184816/_contact/0e19b016b9ff03c53daf82f78cc4ca58/campaign/691678/_campaign/5058f1af8388633f609cadb75a75dc9d/r/9600933

 

Fixing NDIS National Conference

http://www.civilsociety.org.au/NDISConference.htm

Join us for this National Conference on Fixing NDIS on 3-4 September 2018 in Melbourne.

The Conference will develop ideas and innovations for inclusion in the NDIS reform process. It will present papers and workshops on current practices and proposed improvements or alternatives to them. It will generate additional reform proposals, and examine campaign ideas for building broad public support for transformational change.

People with disabilities, families, friends, support organisations, community groups, services, policy makers and elected representatives are invited to contribute to this people-driven process to ensure NDIS delivers on the promise to Revolutionise Disability Services.

 

Separation anxiety disorder: not just for kids

https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/news/news-detail/2018/07/13/separation-anxiety-disorder-not-just-for-kids?utm_medium=rover

Until 2013, separation anxiety disorder was confined to literature on juvenile anxiety disorders. It was omitted from the diagnostics and statistical manual on adult anxiety disorders. The disorder was reluctantly acknowledged to occur in young adults but only if they had a history of separation anxiety as a child.

 

Free school presentations

https://blackdoginstitute.org.au/education-training/community-and-schools/free-school-presentations?utm_medium=rover

75% of mental health conditions develop before the age of 25. Our free school presentations bring discussion and insight on mental health issues into Australian classrooms. Find out more about our presentations for students, school staff, parents and carers.

 

Stronger Communities Programme

http://regional.gov.au/regional/programs/stronger-communities.aspx

The Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) provides grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 to community organisations and local governments for small capital projects that deliver social benefits for local communities. The input of the community is a key element of the SCP. Projects are selected by MPs and their community consultation committees, and are then submitted to the Government for assessment. The Programme has committed funding to over 5,000 community–based projects across Australia.

 

Research – Participants Required

 

Helping people with bipolar II disorder make informed treatment decisions: evaluating a world-first website - National

Want to learn more about the evidence-based treatment options for preventing relapse in bipolar II disorder? Need personalised guidance weighing up the pros and cons of the different options?

Researchers at the University of Sydney and the Black Dog Institute are testing a world-first website to help people with bipolar II disorder make the “right” treatment decision for them.

For more information and take part in this research, go to: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/research/participate-in-our-research/for-people-with-bipolar-disorder/decision-making-about-treatment-for-bipolar-ii-disorder

 

What self-management strategies do you use for bipolar II disorder? – National Online

https://swinuw.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Rmj5oBDXpH2IWV

Swinburne University researchers want to understand more about what people with bipolar II disorder do to manage symptoms and improve their quality of life. You’re invited to participate in an online survey, asking you about what works and what doesn’t work for you in terms of coping with and preventing symptoms of bipolar II disorder.

 

We are looking for people who:

•        Have received a diagnosis of bipolar II disorder from a mental health professional

•        Are between 18-65 years old

•        Have a good comprehension of English

 

Development, Expectations & Mental Wellbeing – National Online

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

Hi, I am a PhD student from the University of South Australia. I am currently conducting a research study looking at development, expectations, and mental wellbeing, using an online survey. I have been unable to recruit many men to participate in the study, but it would be great to have a larger number of males for the study as we know the experience of mental health concerns are just as prevalent for men as they are for women.

 

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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