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'What's New' eNewsletter Sept 2018

September 7, 2018

 

In this What's New: -

 

8th Annual National Borderline Personality Disorder

'Reach out before you freak out' video series

#chatsafe, new guidelines help young people talk safely online about suicide

Your feedback is sought on veteran-specific e-training for providers

Face Depression - One Picture at a time

'Reach out before you freak out' video series

Resource: Coming Home with Bipolar: Information for Families & Carers

#YouCanTalk – encouraging direct conversations about suicide

AISRAP's World Suicide Prevention Day Community Forum

Are you trained for tough situations?

Black Dog partners with Roses in the Ocean

Delivering mental health messages to construction workers

Glimpses – Yvette Geljon, ME & BPD

Australia’s first report on PTSD among first responders

 

Research – Participants Required

Psychosis research project

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

 

 

8th Annual National Borderline Personality Disorder Conference

It's not too late to register for the 8th Annual National Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Conference, to be held on 10-11 September 2018 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane, Queensland.

 

The conference theme is Research Resources Respect: Connection Building and aims to highlight the many contributions of those with lived experience of BPD, their families and carers and of everyone involved in improving treatment, care and support for people with BPD to help people to achieve a meaningful life. It provides a unique opportunity for clinicians, practitioners, consumers, carers and family members from across Australia to meet, collaborate, share experiences and learn.

Pre-Conference Workshop - Monday 10 September

Plenary & Breakout Sessions - Tuesday 11 September

Networking Function - Tuesday 11 September

http://event.icebergevents.com.au/bpd2018

 

'Reach out before you freak out' video series

ReachOut have been working with young people to develop a new series of short films that show students how reaching out for support can change their experience of everyday issues. These are a set of free online videos and digital tools to encourage the development of positive mental health and wellbeing across schools and to extend the impact of existing programs. The video series is based on young people's real stories...

https://schools.au.reachout.com/articles/reach-out-before-you-freak-out

 

#chatsafe, new guidelines help young people talk safely online about suicide

https://www.orygen.org.au/Education-Training/Resources-Training/Resources/Free/Guidelines/chatsafe-A-young-person-s-guide-for-communicatin

The world’s first guidelines to support young people in communicating safely online about suicide have been released today by Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. The guidelines, called #chatsafe:  A young person’s guide for communicating safely online about suicide are the first to be informed by evidence and were developed in partnership with young people. Dr Jo Robinson, head of suicide prevention research at Orygen, said there previously had been little information available to help young people safely discuss suicide online.

 

Your feedback is sought on veteran-specific e-training for providers

https://www.dva.gov.au/providers/dva-provider-news/your-feedback-sought-veteran-specific-e-training-providers

You are invited to participate in an online survey to inform the Department of Veterans’ Affairs' review of its online professional development programs to better understand the requirements and incentives that motivate health professionals to complete these programs. The review stems from a Senate Inquiry into suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel, The Constant Battle: Suicide by Veterans. This survey will help DVA make the online programs’ requirements and incentives more relevant to health professionals.

 

Face Depression - One Picture at a time

My name is Chris Filmer. I  had a  22-year career in the Royal Australian Air Force, I was diagnosed with BiPolar Type One while I was away in 2004 on attachment as the Head Coach    of the RAAF National Rugby Union Team. I was aged Forty at the time and was subsequently medically discharged from the Air Force.

This book came from my own lived experience of Depression. These are suggestions to get you out of bed, off the couch, to the kitchen or outside. Anything to get you out of the dark place; yes it may be short lived, but it may be enough to make you feel better.

 

'Reach out before you freak out' video series

ReachOut have been working with young people to develop a new series of short films that show students how reaching out for support can change their experience of everyday issues. These are a set of free online videos and digital tools to encourage the development of positive mental health and wellbeing across schools and to extend the impact of existing programs. The video series is based on young people's real stories.

https://schools.au.reachout.com/articles/reach-out-before-you-freak-out

 

Resource: Coming Home with Bipolar: Information for Families & Carers

This resource offers information to families about bipolar disorder and available treatments, as well as advice on how to support a loved one living with bipolar while also practicing self-care. It particularly emphasises the importance of open communication in families affected by the condition.

http://www.bipolaraustralia.org.au/resources/coming-home-with-bipolar/

 

#YouCanTalk – encouraging direct conversations about suicide

#YouCanTalk is a joint national campaign aimed at giving people the confidence to respond to friends and family when they need help and guide them to the right support services. Find out more about the collaborative campaign and resources here.

https://www.lifeinmindaustralia.com.au/youcantalk

 

AISRAP's World Suicide Prevention Day Community Forum

Friday 14 September 2018

Registration on the day will begin at 8:00am, with the event commencing at 9:00am sharp.

Venue:  The Greek Club, 29 Edmonstone Street, South Brisbane.

Payment Details:

$80 (excl GST) for full day attendance (8:00am - 4:30pm, includes morning/afternoon tea and lunch).

12 Nationally renowned speakers will present throughout the day.

Registration and payment https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/griffithpay/Australian-Inst.for-Suicide-Research-and-Prevention/

 

Are you trained for tough situations?

He’s yelling, she’s in tears, and your heart rate is way up. The session is only ten minutes in and oh, they expect you to save their relationship and family.

Managing highly emotive and volatile scenarios like this in the therapy room takes training, confidence and a load of effective skills.

You’ll get them all in Jacqueline McDiarmid’s seminar on Working with High Conflict Couples and Families.

Registration is now open for a one-day seminar on what can be an extremely challenging and confronting dynamic for any Therapist or Counsellor.

Essential details:

Date: Saturday 24th Nov 2018

Time: 9am – 4pm

PD hours: 7

Venue: Cambridge Hotel, Sydney

Conference room 1 – Ground level

212 Riley Street, Surry Hills 2010

Cost: $310 + GST

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $259 + GST ends 5th Nov 2018

Seminar includes: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a professional development certificate at the end of the course.

http://www.coupleandfamilytraining.com/events/working-with-high-conflict-couples-and-families-sydney

 

Black Dog partners with Roses in the Ocean to support lived experience

In a bid to support lived experience engagement, the Black Dog Institute is partnering with Roses in the Ocean - leaders in sharing the voices of people with lived experience of suicide throughout Australian communities.

 

Under the partnership, a new set of evidence-based resources and training programs will be developed to guide lived experience engagement, to provide additional support for anyone wanting to share, advise, or comment on their deeply personal experiences. They will also serve as guides for other organisations wanting to incorporate lived experience into their own activities.

 

Around 54% of Australians living with a mental illness do not seek help for any treatment.

https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/news/news-detail/2018/08/17/black-dog-partners-with-roses-in-the-ocean-to-support-lived-experience?utm_medium=rover

 

Delivering mental health messages to construction workers

A new partnership between Black Dog and Target Tradies will see mental health messages on posters spread across Australian construction sites in a bid to reduce stigma and support good mental health.

https://blackdoginstitute.org.au/news/news-detail/2018/08/30/new-partnership-set-to-support-good-mental-health-on-construction-sites?utm_medium=rover

 

Glimpses – Yvette Geljon, ME & BPD

It’s hard to know when I first knew that I had a mental illness. Was it when I was full of anxiety at home when I was a teenager and had facial tics that my brother’s made fun of me about? Was it when I scratched my arms until they bled and wore bandages on them at school, desperately trying to show my teachers or anyone that would notice, that I wasn’t doing ok and needed some help? Or was it when I was a young adult, addicted to Marijuana and Speed and suffering from drug-induced Psychosis? Or maybe it was only two years ago when I had a serious attempt on my life and continued on in a cycle of self-harm and self-destruction.

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

 

Australia’s first report on PTSD among first responders

The Australian Federal Police (AFP), Victoria Police and Northern Territory Police, Fire & Emergency Services have joined with Australia21 and FearLess Outreach to launch Australia’s first report on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among Australia’s emergency responders. When Helping Hurts: PTSD in First Responders explores more effective ways of preventing the debilitating consequences of traumatic stress, and improving mental health outcomes for front-line responders.

http://australia21.org.au/product/when-helping-hurts-ptsd-in-first-responders/#.W5K3kOgzaUl

 

 

Research – Participants Required

 

Psychosis research project - National

Mental Health First Aid Australia is seeking participants for a research project that will inform an updated set of mental health first aid guidelines for psychosis. People who have personal or professional experience with psychosis, including; people with lived experience, carers or providers of support for people with psychosis, clinicians, and professionals in the fields of research or education are encouraged to participate.

https://mhaustralia.org/sites/default/files/civicrm/persist/contribute/files/MHFA%20Psychosis%20Delphi%20Flyer.pdf

 

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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