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Wednesday
Aug032016

Autism

What is Autism?

                Autism, correctly known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a lifelong developmental condition which typically affects the way in which an individual relates to people, and his or her environment. Autism Spectrum Australia states approximately one in 100 individuals are living with ASD and nearly four times as many males are affected as females. Children can often be identified as living with ASD from around the age of two years but less severe cases may not be detected until much later in childhood, or even adulthood.

                ‘Spectrum’ refers to the way that ASD presents itself differently in each individual, as both challenges and abilities. As the degree to which individuals are affected, an individual living with ASD may not present with noticeable symptoms and may live a relatively normal life, whilst others may require ongoing care and support.

                Autism Spectrum Australia lists social communication, social interaction, and restricted or repetitive behaviours and interest as the main areas affected by ASD.

So what does this mean?

                An individual living with ASD may lack non-verbal communication, or lack the ability to register others non-verbals. They may not engage in regular eye contact when speaking with others, and they may not respond emotionally or register their own or others emotions which can affect both peer and family relationships.

                Autism Awareness states those living with ASD may excessively adhere to routines or patterns and can become distressed when these routines change. An affected individual may have an increased or decreased sensitivity and reactivity to sensory input, such as hearing a sound as louder than an unaffected individual may, or not responding to the sound at all. Affected individuals may encounter significant learning difficulties throughout their lifetime, but many also have skills which enable them to succeed past the norm.

Who can I contact for more information and support?

          There are many Australia-wide and Queensland-based establishments dedicated to providing information and support for individuals and families of those living with ASD.

Autism Awareness is a non-Government organisation (NGO) which seeks to empower parents and carers with information and resources, and provide educational programs to families, businesses, and the general public. They are a member of the United Nations Department of Public Information and have presented at various global conferences.

-          http://www.autismawareness.com.au/

Autism Queensland is “a community based organisation dedicated to creating a life of participation , opportunity  and choice for  people living with ASD.”

-          https://autismqld.com.au/page/home

Queensland Government

-          https://www.qld.gov.au/disability/community/autism/

Raising Children.net.au

-          http://raisingchildren.net.au/state_pages/qld_support_post-diagnosis_asd.html

Wednesday
Jun082016

Men’s Health Week - 13th to 19th June, 2016

June 13th signifies the beginning of Men’s Health Week - why is this important to know?

Men’s Health Week seeks to bring awareness to issues that specifically relate to men, or have more of an impact on men. According to the Australian Government’s website for the National Mental Health Commission, up to five times as many men as females take their own lives every year; men are also more at risk from social violence than most other social groups.

If you, or a male you know, is experiencing mental health difficulties or needs assistance, the following numbers are dedicated to helping men throughout difficult times.

Support Groups

Contact Number

Availability

Beyond Blue

1300 224 636

24/7

Dad’s in Distress

1300 853 437

Mon - Fri, 9am to 5pm

Lifeline

13 11 14

24/7

Men’s Line Australia

1300 78 99 78

24/7

Man Therapy (Beyond Blue)

1300 222 638

24/7

Suicide Call Back Service

1300 659 467

24/7

 

This year’s theme is ‘Health Elements: Living with Purpose - Building on Health’. Health is not defined by the absence of problems or issues we face, but through prosperity. Often finding a purpose in life is an integral part in becoming and remaining healthy.

Men’s Health Week encourages communities to reach out to men and boys alike and promote health and well-being through activities, events and promotions.

For a list of activities on offer in Queensland, click on the following link:
http://www.menshealthweek.org.au/En/Categories/5.aspx

For more information about Men’s Health Week, click on the link below:
http://www.menshealthweek.org.au/En/Default.aspx

Wednesday
May042016

Do you know who to call in an emergency involving mental health?

We all know who to call in an emergency involving a car accident or a fire, but many people do not know whom to call when an emergency involves mental health.

You are still able to call Triple Zero (000) if you have an emergency involving mental health where your or another person’s life is at imminent risk.

There are also other numbers available to call should emergency services be delayed in responding, or if there is an emergency that is not life threatening.  These numbers SHOULD NOT replace calling Triple 000 if you or another person requires urgent medical attention or is at risk to self or others.

If your regular psychologist has not stated that they are available for emergency calls, you may want to familiarise yourself with the below numbers.

The below numbers are sourced from the Australian Government Mental Health Commission website. You can access the site and more organisations by clicking on the following links: 

-          http://www.mentalhealthcommission.gov.au/get-help.aspx

-          https://metrosouth.health.qld.gov.au/acute-mental-health-care

 

Mental Health Contact Numbers:

 

 Emergency

   000

1800 Respect

1800 737 732

Sexual Assault
Domestic and Family Violence

Beyond Blue

1300 224 636

Depression,
Anxiety, and related

eheadspace

1800 650 890

Ages 12 - 25

Kids Help Line

1800 55 1800

Ages 5 to 25

Lifeline

13 11 14

Crisis and suicide prevention and support

Mensline

1300 78 99 78

Men with family and relationship concerns

QLD Crisis Line

13 432 584
(13 HEALTH)

QLD Mental Health Crisis Line

QLIFE

1800 184 527

Support for LGBTIQ

Suicide Call Back Service

1300 659 467

People affected by, or contemplating suicide

Hospitals

 

 

Logan Hospital

1300 642 255
(1300 MH CALL)

Acute Mental Health Services

The Prince Charles Hospital

1800 112 403

Acute Mental Health Services

Princess Alexandra Hospital

1300 642 255
(1300 MH CALL)

Acute Mental Health Services

Redland Hospital

1300 642 255
(1300 MH CALL)

Acute Mental Health Services

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

1300 642 255
(1300 MH CALL)

Acute Mental Health Services

Emergency

   000

1800 Respect

1800 737 732

Sexual Assault
Domestic and Family Violence

Beyond Blue

1300 224 636

Depression,
Anxiety, and related

Kids Help Line

1800 55 1800

Ages 5 to 25

eheadspace

1800 650 890

Ages 12 - 25

Lifeline

13 11 14

Crisis and suicide prevention and support

Mensline

1300 78 99 78

Men with family and relationship concerns

QLD Crisis Line

13 432 584
(13 HEALTH)

QLD Mental Health Crisis Line

QLIFE

1800 184 527

Support for LGBTIQ

Suicide Call Back Service

1300 659 467

People affected by, or contemplating suicide

Tuesday
Apr122016

Do you want to come in for a session with your psychologist but are unsure if you can afford it?

Often clients will receive a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from their General Practitioner (GP) which allows them to receive a Medicare rebate of up to $84.80 (prices subject to change) for up to 10 sessions per calendar year with a psychologist.

Many clients may feel that they will be unable to afford to continue seeing their psychologist once their MHCP has been claimed in full.

Did you know that after January 1st of the new calendar year, you are able to revisit your GP and discuss your options about obtaining a new MHCP?

Once you have your new MHCP, you can simply call your regular psychologist and book in for a new appointment.

Also, if you are unsure of how many sessions you have left on your current MHCP, simply call the office and reception will be happy to find out for you.

Saturday
Oct032015

World Mental Health Day - 10th October, 2015

There are a number of events in October, being Mental Health Awareness Month; October 4, 2015 to October 11, 2015 is Mental Health Week and October 10th is World Mental Health Day.

This years theme for World Mental Health Day is “dignity in mental health”.

The aim is to “raise awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health conditions can continue to live with dignity, through human rights oriented policy and law, training of health professionals, respect for informed consent to treatment, inclusion in decision-making processes, and public information campaigns.” (WHO, 2015)

More information can be obtained directly from the following webpages.

World Mental Health Day 2015 (WHO, 2015)
http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2015/en/

World Mental Health Day 2015: Dignity in Mental Health Information Sheet (WHO, 2015)
http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/infosheet_wmhd2015.pdf?ua=1

Mental Health Australia
http://mhaustralia.org/media-releases/media-alert-world-mental-health-day-10-october-2015

 

Saturday
Oct032015

Mental Health Week - 4th to 11th October, 2015

There are a number of events in October, being Mental Health Awareness Month; October 4, 2015 to October 11, 2015 is Mental Health Week and October 10th is World Mental Health Day.

Mental Health Week aims to highlight involve the community in issues surrounding mental health care, educate in order to help improve mental health care, and minimise stigma and discrimination.

This years theme is “value mental health”. How do you value mental health?

More information can be obtained directly from the below websites.

Queensland Mental Health Week
http://www.qldmentalhealthweek.org.au/

Mental Health Australia
http://mhaustralia.org/

Western Australian Association for Mental Health
http://mhw.waamh.org.au/ 

Saturday
Oct032015

Mental Health Awareness Month - October, 2015

There are a number of events in October, being Mental Health Awareness Month; October 4, 2015 to October 11, 2015 is Mental Health Week and October 10th is World Mental Health Day.

The 2015 Mental Health Month Theme has been announced as “Value Your Mind”, by the Mental Health Association. 

The main message the Mental Health Association wish to convey with this campaign is to encourage all individuals to:

“think about how mental health exists in their daily life & promote the need for all individuals to make mental health a priority in their daily lives. When we make our mental health a priority, we are practicing self - care which is an important part of our daily living to ensure the maintenance of a balanced wellbeing.”

More information on Mental Health Month can be obtained directly from the Mental Health Awareness web page. http://www.mentalhealth.asn.au/programs/mental-health-month-nsw