An exciting new program is now available for Australian children and young people aged between 8 and 17 years, and their parents.
BRAVE Self-Help is an online program for the prevention, early intervention and treatment of anxiety. The program is free, can be accessed anywhere, at any time and includes up to 10 sessions for children or young people. Parents can also take part in a separate parent program to learn ways of helping their child or young person manage anxiety.
For more information, or to access the program, please visit www.brave4you.psy.uq.edu.au or www.beyondblue.org.au/types-of-treatment-for-young-people.
Source: The Conversation
Date: 28 May 2014
Despite widespread analysis of the federal budget, measures affecting mental health services have received little attention. But, like other aspects of the budget, there’s serious concern about the lack of a coherent vision or plan behind the government’s actions.
In a largely slashing budget, the government committed funding to a number of new initiatives in mental health, based on its election commitments:
But, overall, we have a net loss of funding to mental health programs. This is mainly due to $53.8 million being cut from the Partners in Recovery program. This program supports people with severe and persistent mental illness who have complex needs, and it helps their carers.
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Date: May 19, 2014
Source: The Age
Author: Henrietta Cook and Richard Willingham
At least 25 specialist mental health organisations helping the homeless, domestic violence victims and young people face an uncertain future after the Napthine government stripped them of funding.
Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge recently announced the winners of the government's recommissioning of community mental health services but the move has been described as the ''corporatisation of welfare'' by many organisations.
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/mental-health-funding-cuts-spark-fears-of-social-mess-20140518-38hz9.html#ixzz32yB1ENqH
Date: 20 May 2014
Author: MHCA, Sarah Morrison
This key issues brief provides some key statistics on the number people receiving the Disability Support Pension, as well as the proportion in receipt of the payment because their primary medical condition is psychosocial disability. It also provides information about some common barriers to employment and social participation that people with lived experience of severe mental illness and psychosocial disability face.
Source: Arafmi NSW
Date: April 23, 2014
Author: Anthea Stylianakis
In the context of mental health, recovery entails living life to the best of one’s abilities, taking responsibility for one’s own wellbeing and optimizing one’s life chances. Recovery is an ongoing process, not an end state and each recovery journey is different.
Mental health recovery can be a lengthy road with pitfalls along the way but having the support of a carer can assist the individual in recovery immensely. There are a variety of practical ways a carer may assist their loved one in recovery. This includes helping the individual with their symptom management (whether or not this includes a treatment plan).
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The Australian Medical Association's National Conference is taking place this weekend in Canberra. Speakers at the Conference include the Hon John Berry, US Ambassador to Australia, the Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton MP and Shadow Minister for Health, the Hon Catherine King MP. For those who can't attend the Conference, key sessions are being live streamed and you can also follow the discussion on Twitter via the hashtag #amanc14. Further details can be found at the AMA website here.
Orygen Youth Health Research Centre has just released a landmark report examining a number of the barriers to the participation in employment and education of young people with mental illness in Australia.
The report, Tell Them They’re Dreaming: Work, Education and Young People with Mental Illness in Australia (download the full version here), suggests that despite the vast majority of young people with mental illness wanting to work, there is a growing body of evidence that indicates they are being let down by current policy settings.
This training is for the carers, parents and children of those with a mental illness over the age of 18.
The “What’s Your Story” Series is a fun and informal workshop for all levels of experience. Participants can range from someone
who has never tried story telling before to an armature stand up comedian! This workshop runs for 3 hours over 6 consecutive
Wednesday evenings. Through fun in-class exercises you’ll learn how to tell interesting, succinct and funny stories in your own voice from your own experiences. Come along and build your confidence while learning techniques to structure a “big life” story. Comedian and creator of barefaced stories, Andrea Gibbs will help you to develop and deliver your own story.
When: Every Wednesday commencing July 16th
Where: 182 Lord street perth 6000 “the Carers Centre”
For more information or to express interest please contact the Arafmi COPMI Resource/Education Officer: Melissa Webb
Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9427 7100
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