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The following is a collection of articles you may find interesting and/ or helpful, or just good reading!   All are relevant in some way.

These are from various sources and have been reproduced within depressioNet.org.au with permission from the authors and copyright owners.  Some will link to external websites for full articles or more information.   ENJOY!


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Mental health reform starts today – CEO, Mental Health Australia Limited

This page contains a brief statement by the CEO of Mental Health Australia Limited and a number of links to various articles. Mental Health Australia Limited, November 27, 2015

National Framework for Recovery Oriented Mental Health Services

The National Framework for Recovery Oriented Mental Health Services (the Framework) was launched on 21 August 2013. The page linked in the heading provides a brief description and documents comprising the framework.

From the World Federation for Mental Health. These documents were prepared for World Mental Health day 2012 and contain a lot of information which will be relevant for the foreseeable future.

The ‘Depression – A Global Crisis’ is a 32 page document that contains general information and statistics about depression – as well as some handy ‘fact sheet’ type information (e.g. how to help someone with depression). The second – the Supplementary Material – is specifically for service providers.

Depression News  A direct link to a site providing current news items relating to depression


The pendulum may have swung too far in mental illness

Drawing on figures from 2007, the Australian Bureau of Statistics tells us “almost half (45 per cent) of Australians aged 16 to 85 reported they would have met the criteria for a diagnosis of a mental disorder at some point in their life”. On the numbers, Jon Jureidini, professor of psychiatry at the University of Adelaide, believes the touted 50 per cent results from the conflation of two populations. He says 1 to 2 per cent of the population suffers from severe mental illness that requires psychiatric help.

Australian researcher discovers promising treatment for depression

In a pilot study of about 30 participants, almost half who received the combined therapy – rather than a single treatment or a placebo -improved, and about a third were in remission by their three-week follow-up. The Sydney Morning Herald, January 25, 2015

Mental health funding crisis: doctors planning to quit over lack of resources

Mental health care is heading towards a crisis in NSW with one quarter of the state’s psychiatrists considering leaving the public system this year because of “grossly inadequate” resources and low morale. Mental Health Minister Jai Rowell says the government is committed to meeting community needs. The Age, March 9, 2015

Monash university finds rural Australians under serviced for mental health issues

This examination of 25 million mental health items, taken between 2007 and 2011 from Medicare data, highlights that those living in metropolitan areas have about three times better access to psychological services than those living in rural and remote locations. The Age, March 9, 2015

Melbourne psychiatrist wants end to ‘fingers crossed’ approach to antenatal mental health

A Melbourne psychiatrist and researcher said clinical research into safe use of anti-psychotic medication during pregnancy is extremely sparse. “What we actually want is clinical practice guidelines based on evidence … At the moment, everyone is just crossing their fingers and hoping for the best,” said Jayashri Kulkarni, from the Monash Alfred Psychiatric Research Centre. The Age, March 14, 2015

Victoria’s mental health sector struggling with demand

Mental health services, including those for prisoners and the state’s most acutely unwell, are stretched to the limit, the sector and unions say. The industry says community treatment teams have been hurt by a lack of investment in the sector while the Thomas Embling Hospital at Fairfield is facing rising demand on the back of an “unique” explosion in the prison population. Thomas Embling Hospital is described as ‘bursting at the seams’. The Age, March 22, 2015.

Facebook steps up suicide prevention

Facebook will roll out suicide prevention and support tools for vulnerable Australian users in the next few months, according to the social network’s local head of policy. The Age, March 27, 2015

Mental Health funding confirmed

Mental health services will have their funding renewed in a move to give them certainty, Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced. Department of Health, April 2, 2015.

‘Horror stories’: Think twice before telling your boss

Workers who tell bosses about their mental health issues are risking their careers, the head of national charity BeyondBlue has warned. Sydney Morning Herald, April 15, 2015

Major Project for Men’s Mental Health

The STRIDE (Stigma Reduction Interventions: Digital Environments) project includes six smaller projects that use technology, such as apps and websites, along with evidence-based techniques to show men that taking action on mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. It is funded by beyondblue with donations from The Movember Foundation and has been unveiled to coincide with Men’s Health Week.

Mental Illness & Insurance

The page linked in the title lists four web pages published by the ABC containing videos of interviews and transcripts about this topic. Published October 30, 2015 and updated November 9, 2015 and December 23, 2015.

Commissioning And Contracting For Better Mental Health Outcomes Report

Mental Health Australia engaged Rooftop Social to examine a range of ways in which commissioning and contracting arrangements might be improved to achieve a more effective and efficient Australian mental health system. The study involved a review of published and unpublished literature in Australia and elsewhere, guided by consultation with relevant practitioners and specialists. Mental Health Australia Limited, November 18, 2015.

Mental Health Spending On The Rise – Report

Spending on mental health services in Australia has hit $8 billion, according to a new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Of the $8 billion funding, the report said 60 per cent was provided by state and territory governments, 36 per cent by the Australian Government and 4 per cent by private health insurance funds. probonoaustralia.com.au, February 2, 2016

Relief Strategies – The Failings Of Our Mental Health Industry

Relief Strategies – The Failings Of Our Mental Health Industry As a mental health professional, I’m extremely concerned about the state of our mental health industry. Being on the receiving end of a phone call when a stranger shares with me… “my son just committed suicide” is heart wrenching; a wife sharing that her husband […]

Why Taking The Occasional Day Off Work Is Good For You

Why Taking The Occasional Day Off Work Is Good For You Emily Blatchford The Huffington Post Australia June 6, 2016 With the cost of absenteeism to the Australian economy estimated to be around $32.5 billion, it’s safe to say Aussies are well and truly familiar with the concept of chucking a sickie. While the practice […]

National Framework for Recovery Oriented Mental Health Services

The National Framework for Recovery Oriented Mental Health Services (the Framework) was launched on 21 August 2013. The page linked in the heading provides a brief description and documents comprising the framework.

Mental health reform starts today

This page contains a brief statement by the CEO of Mental Health Australia Limited and a number of links to various articles. Mental Health Australia Limited, November 27, 2015