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Free telephone and online service for Australians with stress, worry, anxiety, low mood or depression. Click here to view.
New information guide to assist health professionals working with women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds during the perinatal period
beyondblue has produced a new information guide to assist health professionals working with women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds during the perinatal period – from the time of conception to a year or so after the birth of a baby.
The resource, Perinatal mental health of women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds: A guide for primary care health professionals, will assist health professionals to provide culturally-appropriate and safe perinatal emotional and mental health care for women of immigrant or refugee backgrounds and their families.
This resource was funded by the Federal Government and developed in collaboration with Mental Health in Multicultural Australia and a national multicultural reference group. The group included representatives from community organisations, maternity and primary health professionals, perinatal psychiatrists, and women and family members of immigrant and refugee backgrounds who had experienced mental health problems during pregnancy and in the year following the birth of the baby.
We have released a 2013 Election Statement which is derived from the key issues raised by MHCAA carer advocates in its member organisations across Australia. What they tell us is that mental health carers are isolated, stigmatized and hidden in Australia - and they deserve to be heard.
We challenged all the major parties to commit to positively changing the lives of carers by implementing the 3 points raised in the document.
The Greens have responded to our Election Statement affirming ‘The Australian Greens are committed to ensuring that mental health carers get the recognition and support that they deserve, as crucial participants in the mental health sector. We know that even from a purely economic point of view, carers do an enormously valuable range of work.’ For their full response click here.
R U OK? Day (12 Sept) is fast approaching. But don't wait until then to start a conversation with someone who might be struggling. Download our new R U OK? Afield and R U OK? at School resources to get more people talking. We've also got ideas to inspire teenagers to host their own R U OK?Day event.
Arafmi’s Outreach Broome team members Simon Williams and Cecelia Dann have won a major national award. Suicide Prevention Australia is celebrating the 10th Annual LiFE Awards at the 2013 National Suicide Prevention Conference in Melbourne (July 24). LiFE Awards acknowledge excellence in suicide prevention across eight different categories. In Melbourne to collect their awards, Simon and Cecilia, in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander category, said they were honoured. It recognises a unique and creative health program, service partnership or individual that has encompassed the holistic and social view of health. Arafmi’s Aboriginal Outreach Program has been operating in the Kimberley since 2007. Simon and Cecilia daily advocate on behalf of carers with mainstream mental health and related services and other agencies, to encourage early intervention and higher uptake of support services. Often advocacy is needed with agencies not used to dealing with people whose first language is not English.
Anxiety and depression is a problem for mental health carers and they need help and support, Arafmi Executive Director Mike Seward told the ABC this week. In a radio interview, Mike said carers were affected by anxiety and depression – anxious about their loved ones and depressed at their continued condition. They often didn’t think of their own health. But support and free services were available. Mike said Arafmi was pleased to be bringing services for mental health consumers and carers to Geraldton. The Mid West office opens on or soon after August 19. Services for the Mid West will include counselling from professionals, peer support, help and assistance for children who are carers and much-needed respite for carers. In a report in the Geraldton Guardian, Mike said: “Carers have been seeking and requesting this important and valuable support.” He said young carers would soon have access to Arafmi’s SMILES program for children 8-12 who have a family member with mental illness.
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