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'What's New' eNewsletter November 2018

November 5, 2018



In this What's New: -


No Feeling is Final

Aussie workers too scared to take mental health leave

On the Line

Become a mental health peer worker

NSW Mental Health Peer Workers' Forum 2018


GP Training - BPD: Diagnosis and Management in General Practice

Peer Work in Australia - A New Future for Mental Health

Recovery Oriented Language Guide 2018 Edition

Stellarpaths Wellness Assist

Understanding Suicide Risk: From Suicidal Thoughts to Suicidal Behaviour

Healing Trauma - Wisemind

2019 International Society of Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) Conference

GLIMPSES - A compilation of uncensored real life experiences with Mental Illness


Research – Participants Required

My Food, My Mood

Reduce Study

Stages Study

Speak Study

Sleep Study

Verbatim Study

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?

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?

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)

Black Dog Institute Suicide Prevention Research

Black Dog Institute e-Mental Health Research

Virtual Clinic Mind Strong Study



No Feeling is Final

TRIGGER WARNING: This post, & the podcast it refers to, contain talk about suicidal thoughts, & other mental health challenges.

This ABC Podcast series by Honor Eastly is a show for anyone who’s ever wondered if life is worth living. And for anyone trying to better understand their friend, partner, or kid who’s wrestled with these feelings themselves.  No Feeling Is Final is a story of difference, identity, and why we should stay alive.


Aussie workers too scared to take mental health leave

MENTAL health leave is becoming increasingly common yet more than half of workers are too scared to take it.


Two thirds of jobseekers surveyed by SEEK feel society has become more accepting of workers taking a mental health day to deal with conditions such as depression, burn out or anxiety.


Still, 55 per cent have avoided taking leave despite needing it, worried there may be repercussions.


On the Line

On the Line is a professional social health business that provides counselling support, anywhere and anytime. They are experts in men’s mental health, anger management, family violence (using and experiencing), healthy relationships, integrated wellbeing, mental health, chronic health conditions, problematic drug and alcohol abuse and, suicide and trauma-informed practice for anyone affected by suicide. With over 55 years’ experience delivering mental health services to the community, corporate and community partners, On the Line is a national provider of some of Australia’s most vital and trusted services including MensLine Australia, Suicide Call Back Service and SuicideLine Victoria.


Become a mental health peer worker

Mind Australia will run a one day workshop for anyone with a lived experience of mental health issues and recovery (either directly or as a carer) who would like to become a mental health peer worker. Peer workers use their unique perspectives to inform change within mental health services.


This is a paid course running on Monday 12 November in Heidelberg in Victoria.


NSW Mental Health Peer Workers' Forum 2018

The NSW Consumer Peer Workers’ Forum is an annual event that provides targeted professional development to the mental health public consumer workforce. This forum is hosted by Being Mental Health & Wellbeing Consumer Advisory Group in collaboration with the NSW Mental Health Consumer Peer Workers Council. The Forum will take place on Monday 12 November at 9:00am in Sydney.



PANDA Week was established by PANDA in 2005 to increase the community’s understanding of perinatal anxiety and depression and reduce stigma. This year's theme '‘I Wish I Knew’ captures the shock and surprise many new parents experience to find how challenging becoming a parent can be. PANDA will be sharing real ‘I wish I knew’ stories and information to show that this illness is serious and complex but that it is also temporary and treatable.


GP Training - BPD: Diagnosis and Management in General Practice

Just released! This Gplearning activity's focus is to assist GPs in identifying the risk factors for, and clinical features of, BPD; discussing effective management options including appropriate prescribing and involvement of families/carers; and describing strategies to manage the doctor-patient relationship, including crisis management. CDP Points. Available to RACGP members via  

This activity has been developed by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) with expert input obtained through Australian BPD Foundation Limited, Orygen, Spectrum and Project Air.


Peer Work in Australia - A New Future for Mental Health

This recently published review of peer work in Australia is by foremost consumer rights advocates Janet Meagher AM, Anthony Stratford, Erandathie Jayakody, Fay Jackson and Tim Fong from Mind Australia and Flourish Australia. Other contributors include NDIA mental health advisor Dr Gerry Naughtin and other advocates, service providers, academics, funding agents and policy makers.


Recovery Oriented Language Guide 2018 Edition

Produced by the Mental Health Coordinating Council this 2018 edition offers general principles to organisations providing trauma-informed recovery oriented programs for people affected by mental health conditions. It encourages language of acceptance, hope, respect and uniqueness, with useful examples of DO's and DON'Ts.


Stellarpaths - Wellness Assist  

Through lived experience and research, I discovered that vital information, treatments, strategies and services are typically siloed for mental health consumers + practitioners, making easier management challenging.


The Stellarpaths Wellness Assist personalised digital ecosystem toolset was developed over five years. A practical, sophisticated yet simplified toolkit where vast resources, strategies, video insights, local therapists, supportive tools + apps can be accessed in an immersive, personalised place.


To discover information, services and tools input either; condition, symptoms and treatments.


Have a look at the video demos, then give Wellness Assist a try to experience the marvellously comprehensive knowledge base (and ever-growing) resources + tools.


We aim to make the digital ecosystem free, especially for those most in need, so we rely on sponsorships to maintain free access for all.


Christopher Tucker, Founder - Stellarpaths


Understanding Suicide Risk: From Suicidal Thoughts to Suicidal Behaviour

Special Lecture: Professor Rory O'Connor


Professor Rory O'Connor PhD CPsychol AFBPsS FAcSS is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, Past President of the International Academy of Suicide Research and a current Vice President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention. Rory leads the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory (Web:; Twitter: @suicideresearch) at Glasgow, one of the leading suicide/self-harm research groups in the UK and also leads the Mental Health & Wellbeing Research Group.


When: Friday 23 November 2018

Time:  2:15 pm to 4:30 pm (includes afternoon tea)

Where: Griffith Universty, Mount Gravatt campus, 176 Messines Ridge Road, Mount Gravatt, Brisbane, Queensland

Price: $20 including afternoon tea

RSVP/Registration: Registration can be completed via Griffith Pay; you may need to register an account. Please register online by November 12 to ensure your place. 

Please email should you require assistance.


Healing Trauma - Wisemind


We all have an innate capacity to adapt and positively transform, even after traumatic and stressful events. Dr Janina Fisher presents 29 sessions in her "Advanced Trauma Therapy" series on helping trauma survivors accept and love their wounded selves.


Find out more about Janina's approach to the understanding and treatment of trauma in our recent blog post on Wisemind.

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


Health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers & counsellors can claim CPD / CE / CME credits. Easily accessed from the Professional Resources section.


2019 International Society of Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) Conference


The International Society for Bipolar Disorders is pleased to advise the 21st Annual ISBD Conference: Global Advances in Bipolar Disorder and Depression will be held in Sydney Australia, March 20 – 23 2019, at the Sydney International Convention Centre.


GLIMPSES - A compilation of uncensored real life experiences with Mental Illness

This series of works about mental illnesses are an illuminating insight into the life of those with a mental illness.  The personal experiences depicted within are an excellent example of the reasons why we should publish them.  Stories of hallucinations, standing on top of cars wondering what it is all about, are the deep seated feelings that have to be expressed publicly by those with a mental illness because if they are not, people don’t know what it is like.


Mental illness is no different from any other illness.  It has symptoms and it can be treated and managed. The difference is the mind is altered, changed to not think within the normal paradigms that exist in our society.  Strange behaviour it treated as strange rather than as an illness. Many people in our society suffer or are affected by mental illness. More than people realise. Unless people tell their story, the truth of the suffering and experiences will never be known. We cannot let the story be told by those who haven’t had the experience. We cannot let it be left to those in the media or government.  They have to come from the people who know like the ones who have told their stories here.


Assoc. Prof. Neil Cole

Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre

Bipolar Survivor



Research – Participants Required


My Food and Mood – International Online

We are now recruiting for our My Food and Mood project.


To learn more about the program and complete our screening survey got to  


By participating in this trial you will get access to the My Food and Mood program - our online dietary education program and the My Food and Mood smartphone application.


You will also help us to optimise the program and the app for use in future research work to help us better understand the relationship between food and mood.


Reduce Study - Melbourne

This study is interested in finding better ways to treat young people experiencing psychosis and helping them lead meaningful lives. To better understand the influence of psychosis on health and functioning we need to know generally how young people are going – in particular those who have not had any treatment for any mental health issues in the past.


You will need to come in to Orygen Youth Health in Parkville four times to participate in:  a number of thinking tasks which assess your ability to learn, remember things, concentrate and overall knowledge, provide basic physical health measures (i.e. height, weight) and undergo brain scans (i.e. have pictures taken of your brain) at the Royal Children’s Hospital also in Parkville.


Stages Study – Canberra

Orygen is seeking young people aged 15-25 and living in Canberra to assist with a cognition research project. Participation involves completing activities which test your memory and attention and an assessment of your height, weight, and blood pressure over the next two years. Participants will receive a reimbursement for their time and travel.


Speak Study – Melbourne

Are you aged between 12 and 25 years and interested in participating in a research study?


Researchers at Orygen are currently looking at the symptoms, attention and memory, and speech of young people in the early phases of psychosis.


Volunteers who have not previously recieved treatment for mental ill-health are needed to participate in the study. Volunteers will be reimbursed for their time.


Volunteers will be invited to come to Orygen in Parkville or in Sunshine to complete a clinical interview, neurocognitive tests, and an audio-taped conversation.


Sleep Study – Melbourne

Orygen would like to hear from young women aged between 15 and 25 years who have not had any treatment for mental health difficulties in the past, to take part in a Sleep study.


We are interested in finding out more about sleep-wake patterns and sleep quality in young people.


You will be asked to attend two sessions in Parkville. The first, to complete some questionnaires and to collect a sleep actigraph (similar to a fitbit), that you will wear for 10 days. On your second visit you'll return the actigraph.


All participants will be reimbursed for their time.


Verbatim Study - Melbourne

This study explores how young people's personality influences their reaction to short-term stress.


In particular we are currently looking for women aged 15-19 years old who have not had treatment for any mental health issues in the past. If you are under 18 you will need parental consent to participate.


You will need to attend two sessions in Melbourne. One to complete questionnaires and a short stress task and another for a brain scan. You will be reimbursed for your time.


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:  


You can also call Susan Rouch on 9925 1965 or email us at

Investigators: Dr Juliet Watson and Dr Chris Maylea


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


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.


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:


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

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


Hearing Voices and Trauma  - Melbourne

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: 


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


Researcher: Amy Kaukiainen M. Clinical Psychology, Griffith University,

Supervisor: Kairi Kolves, AISRAP Principle Research Fellow,


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 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



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. to learn more or to participate.


Looking for New Ways of Living Well with Bipolar? - International        

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       

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    

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          

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       

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

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.


Black Dog Institute Suicide Prevention Research – Several studies including Apps, Online, Face to Face 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


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

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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