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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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June 23, 2017

A DECISION-SUPPORT TOOL TO INFORM AUSTRALIAN STRATEGIES FOR PREVENTING SUICIDE AND SUICIDAL BEHAVIOUR

An article has been published in the journal "Public Health Research & Practice" titled "A decision-support tool to inform Australian strategies for preventing suicide and suicidal behaviour".  The article describes a dynamic simulation modelling approach to understanding the likely impacts of different combinations of policies and interventions, before they are implemented in the real world.  The authors found that the largest reductions in suicide were associated with GP training and coordinated aftercare approaches.

Go to "A decision-support tool to inform Australian strategies for preventing suicide and suicidal behaviour"

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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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May 20, 2016

THE UNFULFILLED PROMISE OF ANTIDEPRESSANT MEDICATIONS

An article has been published in the latest edition of the Medical Journal of Australia titled "The unfulfilled promise of antidepressant medications". The article describes Australia's high rate of antidepressant use, despite evidence showing that these medications are less effective than previously thought. The authors describe meta-analytic approaches that have shown smaller effect sizes for the use of antidepressants on children and young people than previously reported, as well as demonstrating an increase in suicidal thoughts and behaviours in some young people on these medications. The authors state that antidepressants have been shown to be more effective when combined with psychotherapy, and that all patients should be offered psychotherapy where it is available.  The authors point out that some patients do have strong positive responses to antidepressants and that there is evidence that antidepressants are effective at preventing relapse to depression.

Read "The unfulfilled promise of antidepressant medications"



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September 4, 2015

R U OK DAY: THURSDAY 10TH OF SEPTEMBER

R U OK Day was established in 2009, as a national day of action to promote suicide prevention.  The day aims to encourage people to look out for each other - to reduce isolation and promote meaningful conversations between family members, friends and workmates.  A large number of schools, universities, workplaces and communities across Australia recognise R U OK Day, with the event organisers encouraging people to ask the question: R U OK?, listen without judgement, encourage action, and follow-up.  There is a range of merchandise available to support R U OK events.  For more information go to the R U OK Day website.

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July 31, 2015

SUICIDE ASSESSMENT KIT

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) and the Network of Alcohol and Drug Agencies has developed a "Suicide Assessment Kit (SAK)".  The kit is designed to assist alcohol and other drug services in assessing and responding to suicide risk. It includes a suicide risk screener, a risk formulation template and policies and procedure pro-forma. The website also has some videos featuring roles plays and interviews with service providers.  All of the materials are freely available from the NDARC website.

Go to the "Suicide Assessment Kit"

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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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