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October 20, 2017

NEW NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH PORTAL: HEAD TO HEALTH

The Australian Government Department of Health and Aging have launched a new website called "Head to Health."  The site is designed to help people find information, resources and services that can improve mental health and well being. The site includes links to mental health websites, apps and online programs, dedicated forums, as well as phone chat and email services.

Go to "Head to Health."

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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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April 21, 2017

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH REPORT 2012 - 2016

Mission Australia and Black Dog Institute have released the "Youth Mental Health Report 2012 - 2016". The report presents five years of mental health data collected from young people across Australia aged 15 - 19 on their psychological distress, their concerns and the people and places they go to for help. Probable serious mental illness (PSMI) has increased from 18.7% in 2012 to 22.8% in 2016 with girls twice as likely to meet the criteria than boys. The rates were higher, 31%, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. The top three concerns identified were coping with stress, school or study problems and depression and the top three sources of help were friends, parents and the internet.

Go to the Mission Australia "Youth Mental Health Report 2012 - 2016"

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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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October 21, 2016

YOUTH DUAL DIAGNOSIS RESOURCE GUIDE

This Youth Dual Diagnosis Resource Guide was developed in 2015 by the Victorian network Building Up Dual Diagnosis in Youth Services (BUDDYS) whose members make up the Victorian Dual Diagnosis Initiative. The guide was developed for anyone who works with young people who have a dual diagnosis. Though this guide was developed for the Victorian service system the content is relevant for service providers in other states. The guide covers five practice areas; Adolescent development, drug use and mental health, the helping alliance, young people in their social context, harm reduction and integrated treatment and working with young people.

Go to "BUDDYS Youth Dual Diagnosis Resource Guide 2015"

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September 30, 2016

HOSPITALISATIONS FOR MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS AND ALCOHOL AND DRUG CONDITIONS

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has published a report titled "Healthy Communities: Hospitalisations for mental health conditions and intentional self-harm in 2013-14". The report has been designed to assist Primary Health Networks by looking at the numbers of people admitted for an overnight hospital stay, and also the number of nights spent in hospital. The report considers a number of conditions including schizophrenia and delusional disorders, anxiety and stress disorders, bipolar and mood disorders, depressive disorders, dementia, intentional self harm, and alcohol and other drug use. The report found the highest number of overnight hospitalisations was for alcohol and other drug use, with significant regional variations. The highest rate of alcohol and other drug hospitalisations in Australia was in the Western Queensland Primary Health Network region, with 275 hospitalisations per 100 000 population, compared with the national average of 168 hospitalisations per 100 000.

Download "Healthy Communities: Hospitalisations for mental health conditions and intentional self-harm in 2013-14"

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July 22, 2016

WHAT ARE THE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN PSYCHIATIRC MEDICATIONS AND PSYCHOACTIVE DRUGS?

The Queensland Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (QNADA) has developed a series of resources that highlight the possible interactions between psychiatric medications and common psychoactive drugs.  There are fact sheets designed for clients, as well as a set of fact sheets designed for health professionals.  The fact sheets cover all the major psychiatric medications including atypical antipsychotics, mood stabilisers, SSRIs and more, along with alcohol, cannabis, hallucinogens, nicotine, opioids and stimulants.  This resource will come in very handy for anyone working with clients who may combine substances with their psychiatric medications.

Go to QNADA Harm Reduction Resources



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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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October 7, 2015

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN AUSTRALIA

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has developed a website that brings together a wide range of information on mental health services, under the banner of "Mental Health Services in Australia".  The site includes easy access to up to date information on the prevalence of mental health conditions in the community, national policies that impact the sector, information on specialist mental health care and much more.  Previously this information was difficult to find or fragmented - and now it's together in one easy to navigate website.

Go to Mental Health Services in Australia

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