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July 26, 2013

REACHOUT.COM FOR PROFESSIONALS

ReachOut.com has been around for 15 years, providing excellent youth friendly information on a range of youth health issues, including mental health and alcohol and other drug use. Reachout Pro has been re-launched as a resource for support workers and teachers to assist them in their work. The re-vamped site contains practical, evidence-based tools and resources to help promote young people's mental health and wellbeing. It includes reviews of various apps and other online tools for addressing anxiety and mood disorders as well as lesson ideas and activities for teaching wellbeing and resilience in the classroom.

Go to ReachOut.com Pro

 

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July 12, 2013

MAN THERAPY WITH DR BRIANWOOD

Beyond Blue have recently launched a new campaign targeting men.  The Man Therapy website is based around the character Dr Brian Ironwood - a knockabout bloke who presents information about mental health issues in a format that's designed to engage young men.  The site is primarily made up of video discussions with Dr Ironwood and includes information on treatment for depression, including video testimonials from real men who've sought help.  We had a lot of fun here in the Dovetail office exploring this site and we're sure that you will too.

Go to Man Therapy Website

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November 2, 2012

SMILING MIND: WEB-BASED MINDFULNESS TOOLS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Smiling Mind is a free web and app based mindfulness program, which is specifically designed for children and young people.  Developed by a partnership between a range of universities from Australia and overseas, the program contains guided meditation and relaxation exercises designed to improve mood and reduce the impacts of stress.  The program involves an initial 8 or 10 session program, and after completing this participants can access the full library of relaxation exercises and meditation sessions which can be accessed online or via the app on a smart phone.

Find out more about Smiling Mind

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July 20, 2012

OUR HEALING WAYS: DUAL DIAGNOSIS RESOURCES FOR INDIGENOUS HEALTH WORKERS

"Our Healing Ways" was a project of the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative, which looked specifically at building capacity around Indigenous dual diagnosis issues.  The project has just launched three key resources which many workers in Queensland will find useful.  This includes "Our Healing Ways Manual: Putting Wisdom into Practice", a manual which describes best practice Aboriginal perspectives on dual diagnosis issues; "A resource book for Aboriginal workers on the relationship between alcohol and drugs and mental health" which provides general information on holistic assessment, recovery planning, stages of change and interventions; and "Supervision: A culturally appropriate model for Aboriginal workers" developed to meet the needs of Indigenous Health Workers working in AOD, mental health or related fields.

Download the resources from Dual Diagnosis Australia and New Zealand Website

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April 26, 2012

NEW WEBSITE BUILDS RESILIENCE

There are increasing numbers of online resources to address mental health concerns. Now, there's a site called Bite Back which is all about building strengths and enhancing resilience. The site has been developed by the Black Dog Institute who are well known for their work around depression and other mental health problems. Bite Back provides a number of activities designed to assist young people in improving their mental fitness, and getting the most out of life.

http://www.biteback.org.au

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November 18, 2011

NEW RESOURCES ON SUBSTANCE USE AND MENTAL HEALTH

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) have developed a range of new resources explaining the links between mental health conditions and substance use.   The resources cover anxiety, mood and personality disorders, as well as psychosis and trauma.  Each guide is approximately 20 pages long, and contains comprehensive information explaining the various disorders, their relationship with substance use and tips for staying well.  Hard copies can be ordered from NDARC for $1.75 each, or $8.50 for a pack of 5.   Electronic copies can be downloaded free from the NDARC website.

NDARC Website:  Mental Health and Substance Use Explained

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November 11, 2011

ONLINE MENTAL HEALTH APP FOR YOUNG MEN

The Inspire Foundation in conjunction with the Brain and Mind Research Institute has launched a new online app called "Work Out" designed to increase skills and encourage help seeking in young men.   The site includes a number of mental health "work outs" which are self-paced check-ups for many of the signs of mental health problems.  This site uses techniques often used in video games, setting competitive challenges and rewarding achievement in order to encourage progression through the various "work outs", while providing clear feedback on areas that might require attention.

http://www.workoutapp.com.au/

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November 11, 2011

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

We've linked to this resource before, however it's definitely one worth revisiting.  Designed by Orygen Research Centre at the University of Melbourne and beyondblue, the guidelines consider culturally appropriate communication as well as guidelines for assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing a range of mental health problems.  This includes problematic alcohol and drug use, as well as depression, suicidal thinking, psychosis and trauma and loss.

Mental Health First Aid Guidelines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People (1MB PDF)

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July 25, 2011

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR INDIGENOUS YOUNG PEOPLE

The Mental Health Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Service have published a new series of brochures for Indigenous young people on specific mental health issues.   Following on from their successful range of alcohol and other drug resources from a few years back, these brochures are low literacy, youth friendly and have been designed in consultation with Indigenous young people.   Copies are free of charge, and available from the Alcohol and Drug Information Service on 1800 177 833.  Dovetail are hosting electronic copies on our website, so check them out below.

Dual Diagnosis (1.7MB pdf)

Self harm and suicide (1.7MB pdf)

Medicines (1.7MB pdf)

Mood Disorders (1.7MB pdf)

Psychosis (1.7MB pdf)

Trauma (1.7MB pdf)

Adjustment Disorders (1.7MB pdf)


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July 15, 2011

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2011: GRANTS OPEN

The 2011 Mental Health Week will be held across Australia from the 9th to the 15th of October.  Grants are available from the Mental Health Association Queensland (MHAQ) to assist community organisations in holding community events throughout the week.   Grants from $500 to $2000 are available, so get together with other services in your local area and create an event to help raise awareness about mental illness.

Mental Health Association Queensland Website.


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