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Coming Out Twice – Lessons from the Development of Healthy Gay Identity
Presented by Ian Watts.
Ian Watts juxtaposed the similarities between developing a stable ‘gay’ identity and a stable, healthy identity, as a person with a lived experience of mental health problems. He highlighted that this process of identity development is important to address in the context of [...]

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Dominic Hwang & Craig Wallace work at the Inner South Community Health Service
The peer-led recovery group was part of the ISCHS strategic plan. The group’s facilitators are peer support workers.
Aims of the group:

Seeing self as a person
Acceptance
Recovery principles and approaches
Ownership of own life
Learning through sharing

Findings – participants reported change in:

View of self
Relationships
Confidence
Identity
Meaningful
Physical and psychological
Healing through [...]

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The Valued Interpreter through a CALD Mental Health Consumer Perspective.
Evan Bichara is a Mental health consumer advocate, consumer, community educator and scholar. He presented about the benefits of having a CALD interpreter when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Evan highlighted that for CALD consumers and families, differences in language or familiarity with Western treatments should not [...]

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The focus of this session was on the collaboration between clinicians and consumers.
Lauren Ban, Rosemary Callander and Wayne Weavell presented the study design of Getting to the CORE, a project aimed at testing a defining a co-design technique to optimise psychosocial recovery outcomes for people affected by mental illness. The project is in the pilot [...]

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Anthony Stratford and Robyn Callaghan

Anthony Stratford is an Honorary Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, a visiting Scholar at Yale University School of Medicine, a Member of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership, an Honorary Fellow at the School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne, and Senior [...]

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Voice From The Margins: Not rich enough, not poor enough
Presented by Jane Grace
Jane Grace discussed her lived personal experience of navigating through mental health services. Jane relayed her personal story of her struggles with mental illness and the downward spiral that resulted from gaps in service provision leaving her only to ‘survive by a [...]

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Phil Williams – presenting on behalf of Gabrielle Villic on Hope and Recovery Groups
The ‘hope and recovery group’ adopts friendly approach which emphasises and supports the individual’s potential for recovery. The group was initiated by consumer workers for consumers. Its purpose is to educate and empower by sharing experiences within the group. Williams highlighted the importance [...]

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Presentation by Michelle Harper, Leeanne Thomson, Katrina Hishon, Leigh Cooksley on innovative, regional and systemic change across a range of sectors including mental health, primary care, education, family and welfare services, alcohol and drug services, and early childhood services.
The project was conducted in an early intervention service in Grampians region – ‘early in life early in illness and early [...]

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Tracey Swadling (Regional Manager, Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria), Marisa Davidson-Blue (Acting Senior Occupational Therapist, Forensicare) and Kate Higgins (Program Development Consultant Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria) presented a session on a collaborative partnership between the Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria and a community mental health provider, Thomas Embling Hospital.
The presenters stated that dual stigma is experienced by people with a mental [...]

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Tracey Swadling, Kate Higgins and Melissa Petrakis presented on a retrospective study that is currently in the stage of gaining ethical approval. The topic was ‘Consumer and service outcomes achieved through seven years of Individual Placement and Support utilising an integrated employment and mental health treatment service’. The presents asked the audience for feedback on [...]

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Corinne Henderson is from the Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC), the peak body representing community-managed mental health organisations in NSW. Corinne’s presentation focused on the importance of a Trauma-Informed Care and Practice (TICP) approach to policy reform.
In 2011, the MHCC and their partners ASCA (Adults Surviving Child Abuse), ECAV (Education Centre Against Violence), and the [...]

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All speakers discussed the potential value of services that use a community building approach. Research from the Victorian Government suggests that mental health programs should continue to move away from being centre-based and establish ‘activities in mainstream community settings’. In particular, all papers spoke of the value of art and nature within a community setting.
Louise [...]

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While each of the papers presented in this session provided a slightly different view on recovery and recovery oriented practice, the key messages all focused on the importance of social relationships for those with lived experience of mental illness. Speakers emphasised the importance listening to those experiencing mental ill health.
Tracey Cairns from the Illawarra Shoalhaven [...]

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Sandy Jeffs asks  ”What if…..?” for the many events of her life.  Sandy has documented her life experience of trauma in her memoir Flying With Paper Wings.  The environment of the ward was frightening and mystifying and signified failure by just being there – and it took many, many years to disclose some major aspects [...]

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Craze Lateral Solutions has been engaged to conduct this project, which aims “to develop a national framework for recovery oriented mental health service provision that spans all levels of service delivery to meet the needs of consumers, carers and the community.”

From their website:

The promotion and adoption of a recovery oriented culture within Australian mental [...]

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As an education provider we are always keen to report on other conferences of note.
I noted 3rd Aust Postvention Conference entitled ” Hope, Meaning and Direction – Aust Postvention Perspectives”
This is a conference that brings together those bereaved by suicide and individuals and organisations working in the field of suicide postvention.
To find out more view [...]

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Chair: Maree Teesson
Speaker: Merinda Epstein
Please see below for link to powerpoint presentation download.
Merinda is a mental health consumer 
She will give a presentation from the consumer and expert/professional position
Works for Our Consumer Place – in Melbourne  - interested in BPD and self-harm
Has been lobbying around BPD for 24 years for most of the time have been [...]

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In this first session Graham Martin spoke about the current evidence base for therapies which address self-injury, and some of the complications and limitations in this kind of research.
Next, Nellie Worringham gave a moving account of her own experience of self-injury and some of her experiences of therapy, as well as appealing to clinicians to [...]

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As you may be aware TheMHS is holding the inaugural E-Cafe at the annual conference in September.
The E-Cafe will showcase the best e- mental health services in the country and is an exciting addition to our programme.
Today I was interested to read an article in The Brisbane Times entitled Calls to expand e-mental health with Professors Helen [...]

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I read an excellent blog post today by Jonathon Crossfield about the ‘Black Dog’ or depression.
It is well worth a read http://www.jonathancrossfield.com/blog/2009/08/three-meetings-with-the-black-dog.html
The blogpost sparked a great deal of discussion on Twitter this morning.
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The Black Dog Institute reported yesterday that their website hits spiked in the past 12 months as people turned to the internet for advice on depression and bipolar disorder.
The number of hits increased by 37 percent to more than two million (2,104,293) in 2008/2009, compared to the previous year.
Executive Director of the Black Dog Institute, [...]

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