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'What's New' eNewsletter - October 2018

October 2, 2018

In this What's New: -

 

It’s Mental Health Month

Wagga to attempt World Record on World Mental Health Day - 10 October

Help reduce stigma: Make a #MentalHealthPromise on or before October 10

New two-part SBS documentary shines a spotlight on mental health stigma

Events & Activities website links

 

Tribunal Hearing Experience Survey

DirectLine 24/7 Drug & Alcohol Support & Counselling

Electroconvulsive Therapy for PTSD findings

Every Australian Counts' Make it Work forums

Sponsorship to attend National Mental Health & NDIS Conference

Trauma Informed Care Symposium

The Core of Depression as an Illness – Has DSM got it right?

 

Research – Participants Required

Preventing gender-based violence in inpatient mental health units

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

 

It’s Mental Health Month

 

Wagga to attempt World Record on World Mental Health Day - 10 October

The City of Wagga Wagga is calling on the community to help attempt a World Record on Wednesday 10 October at Bunnings Warehouse, to raise awareness for mental health and reduce stigma this World Mental Health Day.

In a community event where all are encouraged to attend, the record attempt will be for the ‘Most people wearing high-visibility vests at a single venue’, and the magic number to beat is 2,136 - currently held by the City of Kitakyushu in Japan.

Attempting the record as part of Mental Health Australia’s World Mental Health Day campaign, Wagga Wagga City Council Mayor Greg Conkey said it’s a fantastic community initiative and something everyone can get behind.

“Mental health is an important issue in our community and something we all need to talk more and more about. Getting the community together for a fun World Record attempt is a great way for people to engage with the World Mental Health Day campaign, but most importantly to talk to one another,” said Mayor Conkey.

Find out more at www.1010.org.au/wagga

 

Help reduce stigma: Make a #MentalHealthPromise on or before October 10

World Mental Health Day - October 10 - is fast approaching!

 

This year, we are once again calling on Australians to shed a more positive light on mental illness by making a #MentalHealthPromise on the virtual promise wall at www.1010.org.au. This is a promise in support of either your own, a friend's, or loved one's mental health to help build a more supportive culture around mental health issues to encourage help-seeking.

 

You can support the campaign by making a promise, ordering campaign material to help spread the word, or hosting or attending a mental health focused event on or around October 10. https://1010.org.au/make-a-promise/

 

New two-part SBS documentary shines a spotlight on mental health stigma

A new two-part SBS documentary series to air on Thursday 11 October at 8.30pm addresses mental illness in a way never seen before on Australian television. In How 'Mad' Are You?, ten Australians from all backgrounds and ages spend a week together. Five have a history of mental illness. Five do not.

 

As the five participants with a history of mental illness are finally revealed, they share inspiring personal stories of resilience, and are living proof that a history of mental illness doesn't have to define you or make you "other".

SANE Australia has served in an advisory role in the making of How ‘Mad’ Are You?. SANE CEO Jack Health said “Documentaries like How ‘Mad’ Are You? can help to open up important public discussion around mental illness stereotypes and stigma - conversations which are often ignored."

 

 

Events & Activities for Mental Health Month

https://www.bpdawareness.com.au/blog/events-categories/events-activities/

https://1010.org.au/find-events/

https://www.barwonhealth.org.au/images/CALENDAR_OF_EVENTS_13.09.2018.pdf

https://mhfa.org.au/UserEventList.aspx

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-involved/events

https://livin.org/programs/#upcoming-events

http://www.mhcsa.org.au/mhcsa-events/mental-health-week-2018/

https://www.qldmentalhealthweek.org.au/search-events/

https://mhw.waamh.org.au/events/

https://www.mhct.org/events/

https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/libraries/whats-on/Pages/mental-health-week.aspx

http://mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au/events/photo/

http://headspaceday.org.au/

http://matesinconstruction.org.au/events/

https://artoftheminds.org.au/

Plus many more I haven’t found.

 

 

Tribunal Hearing Experience Survey

The Mental Health Tribunal is running its first Tribunal Hearing Experience survey for patients/consumers and their carers, family and friends who attend a hearing in October. Nominated Persons are also invited to take the survey.

 

The survey will be available online at this address: www.mht.vic.gov.au/survey (this link will go live on October 1st)

 

Hard copies will be sent to patients/consumers and carers and nominated persons who attend a hearing. The survey will be posted with a prepaid envelope and a fact sheet.

 

The survey is voluntary, anonymous and any question may be skipped.

 

If people would like assistance in completing the survey, they are welcome to call the Consumer and Carer Engagement Officer on 9032 3200

 

Please encourage the people you know who attend a hearing in October to take the survey.

 

DirectLine 24/7 Drug & Alcohol Support & Counselling

The DirectLine website has recently been refreshed and now offers free online counselling

 

It can be really helpful chatting to a counsellor — speaking to an independent person about your problem can help you look at the situation objectively, particularly if you speak to someone skilled at helping you talk and trained in assessment.

 

The stigma associated with alcohol or drug problems might make it difficult to seek help, but speaking to a professional online can make that step feel less daunting.

 

Call 1800 888 236 or go to  www.directline.org.au

 

Electroconvulsive Therapy for PTSD findings

Treatment-resistant PTSD is quite common, with many patients not responding satisfactorily to pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy. Preliminary studies have had positive results when treating PTSD with ECT.

http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/special-reports/treating-recalcitrant-ptsd-ect-are-we-there-yet

 

Every Australian Counts' Make it Work forums

We know the NDIS still isn’t working well for everyone. That's why these Make It Work forums, featuring people with disability and their families talking about their experiences with the NDIS, will be held in capital cities and regional towns across Australia. The forums will give people with disability and their families the opportunity to have their say about the issues that matter most, and to shape the future of the NDIS. http://www.everyaustraliancounts.com.au/make-work-community-forums/

 

Sponsorship to attend National Mental Health & NDIS Conference

The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT (MHCC ACT) with generous support from the ACT Office of Disability, is offering six sponsorships for people to attend the 2nd Annual CMHA NDIS & Mental Health Conference. This sponsorship opportunity is open to:

•           NDIS participants

•           Families and informal carers of NDIS participants

•           Mental health peer workers

For questions or more information contact Simon Viereck on (02) 6249 7756 or simon.viereck@mhccact.org.au

 

Trauma Informed Care Symposium

The Australian Association of Social Worker’s (AASW) WA Branch is hosting a Trauma Informed Care Symposium with the theme: Structuring recovery, creating healing spaces on the 9 November 2018 in Perth.

This will be one of the leading trauma-informed care events for Western Australia in 2018, with three respected thought leaders in their field speaking on the day.

https://www.aasw.asn.au/western-australia/trauma-informed-symposium/aasw-wa-wa-trauma-informed-care-symposium

 

The Core of Depression as an Illness – Has DSM got it right?

Prof Koen Demyttenaere, M.D., Ph.D. serves as the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry in the University Psychiatric Center KuLeuven campus Gasthuisberg and is Full Professor at the faculty of Medicine of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

https://psychscenehub.com/video/core-depression-illness-dsm-got-right/

 

 

Research – Participants Required

 

Preventing gender-based violence in inpatient mental health units - Victoria

                                    [Potential trigger ahead]

 

Researchers from RMIT University are running research aimed at preventing gender-based violence in inpatient mental health units.

The researchers would like to interview women who have experienced gender-based violence (physical or sexual assault by a man) during a stay in an inpatient mental health unit in the last five years.

By understanding women’s current experiences of gender-based violence in inpatient mental health units we will be able to make recommendations about how to improve safety for women in these environments. Information that is given by consumers will be used to develop practice and policy guidelines.

Interviews will be conducted by a woman who is a trained and experienced sexual assault counsellor. Face to Face in Melbourne or via telephone for Regional participants. It will take about one hour, and participants will be asked about their experiences of gender-based violence in inpatient mental health units and suggestions for making these environments safe for women. Participants will be provided with a $40 voucher as acknowledgement of your time and expertise.

  

If you know someone who would like to be involved please forward this email to them, or click this link for more information: https://sway.com/N9ayJWnu6LOoBm23  

 

You can also call Susan Rouch on 9925 1965 or email us at preventinggv@rmit.edu.au

Investigators: Dr Juliet Watson and Dr Chris Maylea

 

For more information on the study or to express an interest in participating, please click here:

http://socialglobal.org.au/project/gender-based-violence-in-inpatient-mental-health-units/ 

 

Or call Susan Rouch on 03 9925 1965

 

Psychosis research project – International Online

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 Survey – 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 characterised 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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