Creative mental health help for youth

Illawarra Mercury By GREG ELLIS 23 August 2013 Mind Blank founder Ally Kelly showed enormous courage this week when she told her own story in public for the first time. Ms Kelly spoke of a betrayal of trust when she…

New options and new angles on suicide prevention & support

With new technology comes new opportunities. The proliferation of smart phones, creates an opportunity for the development of mental health specific Apps – both as an adjunct to existing services – giving people another, potentially more independent and discrete option,…

Victorian farmers get a ‘night off’ after a spike in suicides

ABC By Kirsten Veness 15 Aug 2013 A recent spike in farmer suicides in south-western Victoria has prompted hundreds of farmers to gather in Warrnambool to tackle the issue of depression. About 600 people gathered for the “Farmer’s Night Off”…

Use of Medicare-subsidised mental health services rising

Canberra, 2 August 2013 More people are using mental health-related services, with rises in Medicare-subsidised services, services provided by general practitioners (GPs) and in hospitals, according to information released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The…

Greens launch plan for better rural mental health

ABC Rural By Anna Vidot 21 August 2013 The Greens have launched their policy for rural mental health, calling for an additional $550 million for the sector over four years. The policy includes funding for more flexible and community-based care…

Election Candidates discuss mental health service delivery challenges

The Gladstone Observer 16/08/13 Election Candidates from various political affiliations enunciate approaches to mental health issues. Hazel Alley – Family First, Paul Bambrick – The Greens, Bruce Diamond – Independent, Peter Freeleagus – ALP, Michelle Landry – LNP, Robbie Williams…

Continuing professional development in mental health professions

CPD – does it really make a difference? Continuing professional development (CPD) is a common aspect of many mental health professions. Participation in CPD is intended to assist mental health professionals in maintaining, enhancing, and further developing their knowledge, skills,…

Secure your Earlybird Registration – 5th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium

Early Bird Registration closes on Friday 30th August for the 5th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium so be sure to register and make payment prior to this date to secure the discounted registration rates. You can register via…

Illawarra mental health group praised by world renowned expert

ABC News by Justin Huntsdale 14/08/13 An Illawarra-based youth mental health service has been recognised for creating a positive change in mental health perception in the Illawarra by leading mental health researcher and Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry. Mind…