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The economic value of informal mental health caring in Australia

Informal carers play a significant role in providing ongoing support and assistance to people with mental illness.

The aims of this project were to: provide a profile of mental health carers and the types of care provided; estimate the replacement cost of informal mental health care; estimate bed-based service replacement costs; review current government spending on mental health carers and unmet support needs.

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Help shape Victoria's future support for carers

Consultations have kicked off today for the Andrews Labor Government’s Carers Statement which will outline how we can best support and recognise carers.

Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Gabrielle Williams said carers played a vital role in our community and it was important that their voice was heard.

Click here to read the media release


Family and Carer Experience Survey

Mind is committed to working in close partnership with families and carers and providing services that are responsive to their needs, promote best practices and foster inclusion. To help us to continue to be guided by the voices of family and carers we are once again running the Family and Carer Experience Survey. 

The Family and Carer Experience Survey is open from Monday October 17 and remains open for a month until Friday November 11, 2016.  The survey focuses on family and carer’s who are supporting current Mind client’s but may not be receiving a specific family and carer service themselves.

Click here to access the online survey


Mind statement: marriage equality plebiscite

Mind is deeply concerned that the proposed marriage equality plebiscite could cause significant damage to the mental health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.   

The campaigns in the lead up to a plebiscite could have a negative and destructive impact on LGBTI Australians, especially young people and their families, some of whom are already grappling with mental health issues.

Stigma around sexuality and gender identity and related exclusion are existing drivers for poor mental health.  

Read the full statement

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Mind Recovery College™ launch in Albury Wodonga

An innovative new education service for people to learn and share knowledge about mental health, life skills and more is set to launch in Albury Wodonga this month.

The Mind Recovery College™ is the first recovery college in Australia to empower individuals by giving them the opportunity to be teachers and students, rather than patients or clients.

The Northern Regional Victoria Mind Recovery College (Albury Wodonga campus) will offer a range of courses including an Introduction to managing stress; Developing your own advance statement; Smart spending and much more.

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Mind wins prestigious mental health services award

The Mind Recovery College™ has won the achievement award (for entries with a different focus including large multi strand services) at this year’s annual Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Awards Ceremony in New Zealand.

Now in its 25th year, the awards recognise best practice, excellence and innovation in mental health service delivery across Australia and New Zealand.  

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Mind gold sponsor for 2016 Asia Pacific International Mental Health Conference

Mind is proud to be a gold sponsor of the 2016 Asia Pacific International Mental Health Conference in Brisbane on 24,25 and 26 October 2016.

Our Queensland team provides residential services including Prevention and Recovery Care (PARC), Community Care Units and Youth Residential Rehabilitation. A life skills program and transitional support service is also available.

These services are provided in a home-like setting for people who, because of the impacts of their mental health issue or social circumstances, require a residential environment to address their recovery and wellbeing goals. 

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Mind Colloquium Series: Improving housing and recovery outcomes for disadvantaged populations: Evidence to inform policy and practice

The Mind Colloquium series has been developed in collaboration with VICSERV and The Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne.

Dr Vicky Stergiopoulos is a clinician scientist, the Physician-in-Chief at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions to improve housing, service integration and recovery of adults experiencing serious mental health and substance use challenges and social disadvantage.

The presentation will describe findings of a multisite randomised trial of Housing First, guiding policy and practice in many North American cities. Contrary to traditional housing models, Housing First offers immediate access to independent housing and support services, with no requirements of sobriety or acceptance of psychiatric care. 

Date: Monday 22 August
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm (a light lunch will be served at 12:30 pm with a 1:00 pm start)
Location: Mind Recovery College™ Suite 13&14, Level 2, 4-10 Jamieson Street, Cheltenham
Cost: Free to all participants
RSVP: Register by Wednesday 17th August 2016 to colloquium@mindaustralia.org.au
InformationView event flyer

If you require further details about the Mind Colloquium series please contact colloquium@mindaustralia.org.au

 

The 2016 Mind Colloquium Series: Let’s Talk About Children: Emerging findings of an Australian - first parenting recovery model

The Mind Colloquium series has been developed in collaboration with VICSERV and The Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne.

Dr Melinda Goodyear has been working as a researcher in the area of families where a parent has a mental illness since 2003. She is particularly interested in research regarding how to support and promote mental health well-being amongst family members and how services can work towards promoting family resilience where there is mental illness.

Melinda is currently a Research Fellow at Monash University leading the randomized control trial of Let’s Talk About Children. Let's Talk is funded by the Victorian Mental Illness Research Fund (MIRF).

Date: Thursday 28th July
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm (a light lunch will be served at 12:30 pm with a 1:00 pm start)
Location: Mind Central Office, 86-92 Mount Street, Heidelberg VIC 3084
Cost: Free to all participants
RSVP: Register by Monday 25th July 2016 to colloquium@mindaustralia.org.au
InformationView event flyer

If you require further details about the Mind Colloquium series please contact colloquium@mindaustralia.org.au

Open Forum - Let’s Talk About Children: Developing a Recovery Model for parents with mental illness

  • Keynote speakers – Dr. Brenda Gladstone (Canada) & Dr Bente Weimand (Norway)
  • Progress on the ‘Let’s Talk About Children’ - a Mental Illness Research Fund (MIRF) Project
  • Parent and practitioner perspectives on parent recovery and early intervention in Victorian mental health and family services
  • Showcasing organisational initiatives to embed ‘Let’s Talk’ as part of service delivery.

Date: Monday 25th July
Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm
Location: Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Cost: Free to all participants – catering provided
RSVP: Register by 11th July
RegistrationsRegister for Let's Talk About Children - Open Forum


Mental health experience key to teaching at new college in Bendigo

Bendigo's newly-opened Mind Recovery CollegeTM is a place of learning where teachers have personal experience with a mental health issue.

Read more on ABC News


Supported decision making workshop and website launch

The Chief Investigators of the joint Monash and Melbourne University ARC Linkage project, Options for Supported Decision Making to Enhance the Recovery of People with Severe Mental Health Problems will be conducting a workshop and launching a new internet resource which showcases the lived experiences of people diagnosed with mental health problems and family carers.

The internet resource is comprised of two websites that are the first in Australia to present the lived experiences of a diverse group of people diagnosed with severe mental health problems and family carers. 

Date: Thursday 16th June
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Monash Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Vic, 3000

The workshop will commence at 12pm and conclude at 2:30pm. The launch will commence at 3pm with formalities to conclude by 4pm. For information and registrations click here or contact Dr Audrey Statham audrey.statham@monash.edu 


Mind Chief Executive defends funding for mental health counselling in drought-affected communities

Mind Chief Executive Gerry Naughtin gave comment to the ABC on the recent Federal funding cuts to crucial mental health services in drought-affected communities. The consequences of these cuts directly affect our clients, carers, staff and other consumers. Mind has made a commitment to advocating on behalf of its consumers, and will go back to the Commonwealth Government after the Federal election to re-state the importance of outreach engagement programs like the drought assistance program.

Mind Chief Executive defends funding for mental health


A practical guide for working with carers of people with a mental illness

The 2.4 million people who care for those with a mental illness, and those who work with these carers, have been, to a large extent, the unsung heroes in mental health in this country. They will remain the bedrock of the system.

This Guide recognises carers are a crucial component of any partnership approach to service delivery. It has been developed to assist staff across service settings in Australia in recognition and support of carers, to enable them to continue in their role as partners in recovery.

View the guide 


Mind Colloquium Series - An introduction to cognitive remediation for individuals who experience psychosis

The Mind Colloquium series has been developed in collaboration with VICSERV and The Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne.

Upcoming session: An introduction to cognitive remediation for individuals who experience psychosis

Date: Monday 4 April 2016 

View the Mind Colloquium flyer 

If you require further details about the Mind Colloquium series please contact colloquium@mindaustralia.org.au


Mind Recovery CollegeTM - have your say 

The University of Melbourne have been commissioned by Mind to obtain feedback on the Mind Recovery CollegeTM.

You can choose to participate by interview, focus group or survey.

However little or much you have to say, we would appreciate your participation. Your feedback will be anonymous.

Have your say to help improve the future of the college.

The survey can be accessed online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9YJS8KP. Hard copies are also available.

To register for an interview or focus group, or for more information, please contact: Tess Hall at teresa.hall@unimelb.edu.au or 8344 7685.

If you agree to participate in an interview or focus group, you will receive a $25 shopping voucher to thank you for your time. These will take about an hour and we can arrange a location convenient for you for the interviews. The focus groups will be held at the University of Melbourne in Carlton.

Mind Recovery College - have your say flyer

 

That book changed my life - free public lecture 

This free public lecture is of interest to anyone who enjoys reading and works with, or alongside, individuals and groups to promote their wellbeing in formal and informal contexts. This includes carers and people who have struggled with mental ill health themselves; health and social care professionals; occupational therapists, social workers and psychologists.

Date: Monday 18 April
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Venue: Seminar Room, Ground Floor, 200 Berkeley Street, Carlton
Nibbles will be provided at the end of the lecture.

That booked changed my life flyer

 

Implications for family carers when people with psychosocial disability have individualised funding - literature review

Launched at the February 2016 Mind Colloquium, this literature review contributes useful insights as mental health support service consumers and their families consider the service landscape to come under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Commissioned by Mind, the review was undertaken by the Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne.

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Upcoming NDIS Sessions in Craigieburn, Ivanhoe and Dandenong

Consumers of community mental health support services and their carers are invited to attend upcoming NDIS information sessions, to be hosted by the Victorian Government. Sessions will be held in Craigieburn on 17 February, Ivanhoe on 2 March and Dandenong on 16 March.

Come along to one of these forums and find out how to access support, what changes to expect and how you can be assisted in developing a plan that suits your needs.

Hear from the Minister for Disability, Housing and Ageing, Martin Foley and the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Read more >  

 

Mind to deliver mental health rehabilitation services in new Community Care Unit with West Moreton Hospital and Health Service

Mind has been awarded the contract to deliver rehabilitation support services to residents in the newly built mental health Community Care Unit (CCU) in Gailes, West Moreton, Queensland.

Mind Chief Executive Gerry Naughtin said, “Mind is delighted to be partners with the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service, working alongside clinicians and peer workers to provide mental health services for people recovering from mental illness as they transition out of acute care".

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