08
Oct 19

Quick Reference Guide to Talking to Staff about their Mental Health

Nearly 70% of people are uncomfortable disclosing a mental illness to an employer; 35% said it wasn’t even a possibility. Of people taking sick leave due to depression, 40% hid the fact from their boss. If you notice changes in a colleague or employee, it’s important to have the conversation and let them know they … Continue reading Quick Reference Guide to Talking to Staff about their Mental Health

26
Aug 19

Stemming the Tide of Youth Suicide

Suicide impacts all parts of the Australian community, and for too many years we have seen suicide occurring in increasing numbers in our younger people, which is absolutely tragic. There is a fine line between not talking enough and potentially talking too much about suicide with our youth, and indeed the way in which we … Continue reading Stemming the Tide of Youth Suicide

16
Aug 19

Exploring multi-sectoral approaches to addressing youth suicide

Suicide is one of the most complex phenomenons affecting Australia. A public health issue affecting individuals, families, workplaces and communities, the issue is multifaceted and subject to environmental, psychological, emotional, socio-economic, cultural and religious factor among others. Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians between 15 and 24 years old. According to Life … Continue reading Exploring multi-sectoral approaches to addressing youth suicide

01
Aug 19

Instilling resilience in our first responders

In a world-first study, the Black Dog Institute has revealed promising strategies for embedding psychological resilience in emergency service workers and first responders.  There are over 80,000 fulltime emergency workers in Australia. By definition their roles entail highly challenging working conditions and regular exposure to traumatic incidents. Over half of emergency service responders have experienced … Continue reading Instilling resilience in our first responders

29
Nov 18

Beyond Blue Spotlight: Police and Emergency Services Program

Author:Ash Natesh

Emergency Services personnel are always at the forefront when it comes to helping distressed citizens. They do an exceptional job in alleviating stress in emergency situations. The nature of emergency service work routinely exposes workers to trauma. However, a culture of stigma continues to prevent those who need help from seeking it. Because of this, … Continue reading Beyond Blue Spotlight: Police and Emergency Services Program

01
Nov 18

Case Study: Telehealth

Author:Ash Natesh

In 2014-2015, NSW Police and Ambulance transported 60% of mental health consumers who called Triple Zero in HNELHD. Of the ones who were transported, 46% of the patients were not admitted to the Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre or Emergency Department at Calvary Mater Newcastle hospital. People who are not admitted appropriately are often left to … Continue reading Case Study: Telehealth

21
Jun 18

Engaged staff are the key to high quality Mental Health services – but how?

Author:Sasha Eden

Research has clearly shown that happier staff are more productive. When we are interested and challenged by our work, believe in the vision of the organisation, and are empowered by our leaders, we put more energy into bringing that vision to life. We personally invest in the team’s collective success and own the challenges along … Continue reading Engaged staff are the key to high quality Mental Health services – but how?

05
Feb 18

How to achieve an integrated mental health system

In 2015 the Government announced the biggest reforms to the mental health sector in decades.  The aim?  To create an integrated mental health system that would deliver better outcomes for people living with mental illness. Three years on, while reform set the wheels in motion, we’re yet to see significant change.   So how do we … Continue reading How to achieve an integrated mental health system