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July 14, 2017

SEVEN LESSONS FROM SEVEN YEARS OF DESIGN RESEARCH WITH YOUNG PEOPLE

Design research with young people takes courage and creativity according to Mariesa Nichols from ReachOut and Natalie Rowland from Redrollers Research, who have collaborated over the last seven years on projects that explore young people's everyday lives, mental health and well being. This article is based on a presentation delivered at the 2017 Design Research Conference in Melbourne and presents some of the successes and failures and lessons learned along the way.

Read the article here.

Listen to the conference presentation here.

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June 23, 2017

RANZCP CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists produce clinical practice guidelines for a range of mental health conditions.  The guidelines are updated as new evidence emerges and practices change. A number of the RANZCP Clinical Practice Guidelines are relevant to Dovetail subscribers, including the guidelines around deliberate self-harm, mood disorders and anxiety disorders.

Go to the RANZCP Guidelines and Resources for Practice

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December 2, 2016

HEADS UP: IS YOUR WORKPLACE MENTALLY HEALTHY?

Our friends at YODAA in Victoria shared this, and we thought Dovetail subscribers might be interested too. Heads Up is a joint initiative from the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance and Beyondblue. The website provides a range of interactive tools, practical advice, information and resources around all areas of workplace mental health. There is information about self-care and how to support others who may be having difficulties. The site also includes a section on training and resources with case studies, policy templates, downloadable booklets and fact sheets.


Go to Heads Up: Mentally Health Workplaces

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July 29, 2016

CHILD, ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT SUICIDES IN QUEENSLAND

An article has been published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Behaviour titled "Child, adolescent and young adult suicides: A comparison based on the Queensland suicide registry". The Queensland suicide registry records all suicides in Queensland since 1990, and contains information from police reports, autopsy and toxicology information, Coroner's findings and a narrative report of the circumstances of death. In this report, 850 youth suicides from 2002 to 2011 were analysed, focusing on differences between the age groups 10-14 (children / early adolescents), 15-19 (late adolescents) and 20-24 (young adults). Across the entire sample, the authors found that one in five young people had made a previous suicide attempt, and more than one third had communicated their intent to commit suicide in the twelve months before their deaths. The authors found a number of important differences across the age cohorts. For example, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people made up 45.2% of suicides in the 10 - 14 year old age group.

Read "Child, adolescent and young adult suicides: A comparison based on the Queensland suicide registry"

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June 10, 2016

Introducing Batyr

Batyr is an organisation that trains young people to speak about their personal experience with mental ill health.  They have a number of programs that will connect their trained presenters with schools and universities, so that young people with lived experience of mental ill health can deliver education in a fun, safe and engaging way.  The Batyr@School program offers 60 - 90 minute presentations for school communities, or half day and full day workshops designed for school students.  Batyr are offering their services to Queensland schools, so if you are interested, check out the Batyr website for more information.

Go to the Batyr website.

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November 7, 2014

SUPPORT IN TOUGH TIMES: ENCOURAGING YOUNG PEOPLE TO SEEK HELP FOR THEIR FRIENDS

The NSW Commission for Children and Young People in conjunction with the NSW Mental Health Commission have published research report titled "Support in tough times: Encouraging young people to seek help for their friends."  The report looks at the barriers and supports to young people seeking adult help for a friend experiencing mental health problems.  The research involved online surveys of 3241 school aged young people and a survey of 89 principals.  About two thirds of the students surveyed knew someone who had experienced a mental health problem, and most of these students indicated that they would support a friend in a range of ways.  Almost one third of participants stated that they did not know a suitable adult who they could go to in order to get help for a friend.

Download "Support in tough times: Encouraging young people to seek help for their friends" (3.1MB PDF)

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October 10, 2014

QUEENSLAND MENTAL HEALTH DRUG AND ALCOHOL STRATEGIC PLAN LAUNCHED

The Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC) has launched the Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014 - 2019. The plan is the result of extensive consultation with a broad range of stakeholders including people with personal experience as well as their families and professionals who work with people experiencing mental health or alcohol and other drug problems. The plan is based on four pillars: better services, better awareness, prevention and early intervention, better engagement and collaboration, better transparency and accountability.  Associated with the plan is the "Stronger Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Grants Program", offering a total of $500 000 across three initiatives: Community Wellbeing and Enhancement Initiative, Community Awareness Initiative, and Capacity Building for Community Wellbeing.

More information on the Queensland Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan

More information on the Stronger Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Grants Program

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September 19, 2014

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK: 5TH - 12TH OF OCTOBER

National Mental Health Week is fast approaching and events are planned right around Queensland.  The theme of Mental Health Week in Queensland is "Mind Clicks: Where minds meet".  The theme refers to "the moment you click with a person, activity or group and find a sense of understanding and support that helps you feel more positive, more in control and more aware of your mental health."

Find out more information at the Queensland Mental Health Week website.

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October 11, 2013

PERSONALITY TRAITS AND ALCOHOL MISUSE: A LONGITUDINAL STUDY ON AN AUSTRALIAN ADOLESCENT POPULATION

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) have published a poster on their website presenting the results of a study titled "Associations between personality traits and alcohol misuse: A longitudinal study on an Australian adolescent population."  This study followed 605 students attending 7 different schools in New South Wales and attempted to look at the links between externalising symptoms (like impulsivity and sensation seeking), internalising symptoms (like negative thinking and anxiety) and later alcohol misuse.  The researchers found that impulsivity and sensation seeking predicted alcohol misuse at 6 and 12 month follow-up, whereas negative thinking and anxiety did not.  Other research shows that both pathways can lead to later alcohol problems, so it's possible that impulsivity and sensation seeking predicts early onset problematic alcohol use, whereas the internalising symptoms like negative thinking and anxiety may predict later alcohol misuse.

Download "Associations between personality traits and alcohol misuse: A longitudinal study on an Australian adolescent population." (956KB PDF)

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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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