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Me, Myself and I: Identity and meaning in the lives of vulnerable young people
This qualitative study explored the role and potency that concepts such as identity, and a search for meaning, have in the lives of vulnerable young people. Literature has found that having a positive view of self, the world and the future is important in the lives of vulnerable young people. However, much of this research is international (predominately the UK and USA), and little is actually known about how the current service system in Australia does, or should, support vulnerable young people in a search for positive identity and meaning.
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Caring For Carers
ABC Radio National, LifeMatters
Caring for someone with chronic poor health, dementia or a disability is a demanding job and carers struggle to fulfil their own needs. A British sociologist discusses innovative carer support programs and schemes which allow greater choice and flexibility in the delivery of care.
Either mad and bad or Jekyll and Hyde: media portrayals of schizophrenia
Stigma can take a heavy toll on people who suffer from mental illness. Being shunned, feared, devalued and discriminated against can impair recovery and deepen social isolation and distress. Many sufferers judge stigma to be more difficult to cope with than the symptoms of their illness.
Thankfully, there are grounds for hope. Australian researchers have shown that mental illness stigma, such as the unwillingness to interact with affected people, generally declined from 2003 to 2011. Some credit for this improvement must go to media campaigns by Beyondblue and SANE, and to the willingness of many people to speak publicly about experiences that would once have been shamefully private.
The dark cloud inside this silver lining is schizophrenia, a serious condition that impairs thinking, emotion and motivation. While Australians’ attitudes towards depression have become more accepting, the stigma of schizophrenia has remained largely unchanged.
Growing up too fast: early puberty and mental illness
Puberty has long been recognised as a transition point in which many emotional and behavioural problems emerge. These include depression and anxiety, substance use and abuse, self-harm and eating disorders.
We previously thought that children who entered puberty earlier than their peers were at greater risk of these problems because they were less equipped to cope with the transition. This may be part of the story.
But we’re increasingly realising that social and emotional disadvantages and stresses in childhood may trigger early puberty. This possibility was explored in a study published today in the Journal of Adolescent Health, which found children who go through puberty early showed signs of poorer mental health in early childhood.
Mental disorders: debunking some myths of the DSM-5
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is due to hit psychiatrists' and psychologists' shelves next month. Produced by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the DSM provides a standardised system of diagnosing mental disorders.
From its first edition in 1952, and with each new edition about every 15 to 20 years, the DSM has always had its critics. But as the arrival of DSM-5 approaches, their clamour is becoming louder.
This concise article is written by a member of the DSM-5’s Neurocognitive Disorders Work Group and considers four key criticisms about the DSM-5 – and whether or not they are warranted.
Platform is a New Zealand national mental health and addiction network of community organisations and others that believe the recovery of individuals depends on an evolving and transforming mental health and addictions service system. Platform is a serious champion for system change. Their work is driven by the belief that:
- NGOs have a critical role in contemporary health and support service systems
- Individuals and communities flourish when the experience of many is harnessed.
NGO Stories and Statistics
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Quality and Safety Standards Framework for Tasmania’s
DHHS Funded Community Sector
Information Sheet that outlines the requirements of the Quality and Safety Standards Framework for Tasmania’s DHHS Funded Community Sector.
Should you have any queries in relation to this information please contact your Funding Agreement Manager or the Community Sector Quality and Safety Team.
5 March 2014-Mental Health Policy Announcement for TAS ALP
23 February 2014 - Mental Health Policy Announcements for TAS Election
11 November 2013 - The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
MHCT Response to Recent Suicide Coverage in Tasmania
30 October 2013 - The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
MHCT Condemns Failed Marriage Equality Bill Re-introduction
28 October 2013 - The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
MHCT Welcomes Reintroduction of Discussion of the Marriage Equality Bill
1 October 2013 - The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
Mental Health Week Launch
9 September 2013 - The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
World Suicide Prevention Day
21 August 2013 - The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
Federal Greens Regional and Rural Mental Health Policy Announcement
20 August 2013 - The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
National Mental Health Commission Visit to Tasmania
National Mental Health Commission Visit to Tas
Response to Mental Health Reform Report
Government Announces Reduction in rates of Coercive Force in Mental Health Wards
17 May 2013 - The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
Mental Health Council wins award.
28 March 2013 - The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
Mental Health Council congratulates Parliament on passing Mental Health Bill.
13 November 2012 - The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
Child Sex Abuse Royal Commission– More resources needed to support victims.
10 October 2012 - The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
Monday 8th October marks the start of Mental Health Week
27 September 2012 - The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
The Mental Health Council of Tasmania (MHCT) today expressed dismay over the Legislative Council’s failure to pass nation leading same-sex marriage laws.
6 September 2012 - The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
Mental Health Council slams ACL gay marriage claims
29 August 2012 - The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
Mental Health Council welcomes same-sex marriage legislation
5 August 2012 - The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
Mental Health Council supports same sex marriage legislation
9 July 2012 - The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
Mental Health Council welcomes new Mental Health Act but calls for change concerning treatment of children
30 April 2012 - The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
Mental Health Council of Tasmania welcomes PM’s announcement of National Disability Insurance Scheme...............
29 April 2012 - The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
Council of Tasmania supports National Disability Insurance Scheme..........................
October 2011 - The Mental Health Council of Australia
Council of Tasmania welcomes new CEO ..........................
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Older Tasmanians Health and Wellbeing
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Forward-Tasmanian Community Mental Health Workforce
Consumer and Family Support Guide - October 2009
Australian Publications & Resources
September 2011 - Suicide Prevention Australia position statement ‘Social Inclusion and Suicide Prevention’
Unravelling Psychosocial Disability
Discrimination to Social Inclusion Report
The Hidden Toll, Suicide in Australia
- Mental Illness and Bereavement Kit
The National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF)
The combined national voice for consumers and carers participating in the development of mental health policy and sector development in Australia. Their website has numerous resources available.
Health Atlas 2011