Getting help in Canberra

Getting access to treatment can seem like a daunting task especially if you are already dealing with a mental health problem. Here are some ways you can access help or encourage a friend to. There are many ways to access help, ideally an appointment with a GP sould be the first point so they can check your health as well. …

Being human – a rare suicide intervention caught on film

“Bus driver Darnell Barton had just picked up 20 McKinley High School students eager to get home on a recent Friday afternoon. They had to wait a little longer than usual while Barton saved a woman’s life and taught them an unexpected lesson in human compassion” read more

Eating Disorder Help for Parents and Family Members

According to the authors at Bulimia.com “Family members are often among the last people to know when a loved one suffers from an eating disorder. Most eating disorders develop gradually, and the changes in a person’s body are often either not obvious or happen so slowly that parents and siblings do not notice the difference. Individuals with eating disorders learn …

Suicide is Preventable

“Sergeant Kevin Briggs recently retired from the California Highway Patrol after 23 years of service, the majority of which included patrolling the southern end of Marin County, which includes the Golden Gate Bridge. And that means that he has frequently responded to suicide attempts. The bridge, while an iconic structure, has also been the site where more than 1,600 people have …

Personal Wellbeing Plan

Staying well is something that we need to work on constantly, from eating well in order to avoid catching a cold to recognising the early signs of anxiety or depression and seeking help early. There are a range of things which a person can do to keep themselves well and most of them are easily added to the daily routine. …

How to help a friend who you think is developing an eating disorder

Causes The cause of eating disorders can be complex with multiple risk factors such as high conflict in the home, family history of dieting or obesity, critical comments from others, abuse, neglect and bullying. Personal characteristics may play a part as well such as perfectionism, anxiety, low self-esteem, obesity and childhood obesity, early start of periods.  Females are around nine …

Developing a Mental Health Strategy for your Organisation

Developing a Mental Health Strategy for your Organisation Below is the start of a template you may wish to use. Vision To maintain good mental health through promotional activities which focus on educating staff and students about mental health. Preventing mental disorders from developing by targeting specific high risk groups by providing support services to assist in the prodromal stage. …

Body Esteem and confidence

Watch this great Ted Talk by Cameron Russel. She talks about being a model and the impact of this on her self esteem.  [ted id=1647]

Community Leadership Development

About: This is a one day course designed for those people working in or managing communities whether it be a workplace, men’s shed, residential care environment, Scouts, women’s shelter, or any place where humans converge regularly. What the course offers: Community responses to mental health crisis Privacy, confidentiality and documentation Managing a community after a crisis Managing individuals after a …

Guide for helpers – Bipolar

A Great guide for those helping others with Bipolar. “Bipolar disorder can affect not only the life of the person with the illness, but also their close family, partners and friends. If you are a family member, partner or friend who is 18 years or over and a primary source of support for a person with bipolar disorder, this guide …

14th International Mental Health Conference

The 14th International Mental Health Conference will be held at Outrigger, Surfers Paradise on Monday the 5th and Tuesday the 6th of August 2013.  Optional workshops will be held on Wednesday the 7th of August. The conference will focus on the complex mental health issues of Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Dementia.  The human, social and economic consequences of mental …