AICAFMHA: promoting mental health for young Australians
Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association Ltd
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Collated Resources posted in 2007
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Supporting Healthy Relationships Between Young Children and Their Parents
A recently published brief, by Karen Appleyard and Lisa Berlin developed for practitioners and administrators working with young children and their families, policymakers concerned with programs and policies to support early child development, researchers and parents. The following topics are addressed: what are attachments?, the importance of attachment for later development, guidelines for supporting early relationships, attachment curricula and programs, resources for practitioners, resources for parents, scholarly books and articles. Available online
Posted:Dec 27, 2007 Six Mates: 6 Stories:
headspace: The National Youth Mental Health Foundation, the City of Melville and Heydon Films have launched a new innovative film "6".
This film deals with the challenges faced by young men as they approach adulthood. It is a fantastic resource for anybody interested in improving the health and wellbeing of young Australian males.
To order the DVD please contact Janet Amarego on (08) 9364 1280 or email JArmarego@melville.wa.gov.au
Posted:Dec 27, 2007 Promotion and Prevention in Mental Health: Strengthening Parenting and Enhancing Child Resilience
Source: Psychiatric Services website, USA
A new report to Congress by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) places children's mental health programs squarely in a public health context. The report notes that a public health approach includes traditional areas of medicine-diagnosis and treatment-but also focuses on surveillance, health promotion, prevention, and access to services. Because half of all diagnosable cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and three-fourths by age 24, prevention is key to ensuring that children's mental health problems will be addressed before they can evolve into full-blown disorders. Fundamental to the public health approach is shared responsibility across multiple systems.
The 67-page report, Promotion and Prevention in Mental Health: Strengthening Parenting and Enhancing Child Resilience, was prepared by CMHS at the request of a Senate subcommittee, which charged the agency with reviewing the effectiveness of programs that use a strengths-based family approach to prevention and mental health promotion among at-risk children. Section 1 of the report, which provides the rationale for a public health approach, summarizes research on risk factors and on protective factors that may lead to a child's resilience. The report notes that resilience is not a static trait and that "individuals do not develop resilience by 'pulling themselves up by the bootstraps' when faced with life's challenges. Resilient adaptation to adversity comes about as a result of characteristics of an individual interacting with resources in the environment, such as caring adults, good schools, safe neighbors, good friends, and other 'protective factors.'" View the article
Posted:Dec 27, 2007 Wellbeing Australia : New Website
WELLBEING AUSTRALIA : BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES RELATIONSHIPS, RESILIENCE AND RESPONSIBILITY
The WBA network aims to assist in the development of caring, inclusive school communities which foster the wellbeing of all students, teachers and families. This is linked to improving the wellbeing of communities in general and the development of a civil, safe and just society. The WBA network is now across all states in Australia. The website provides regular newsletters to highlight events, stories, research and practices to promote wellbeing in our communities.Wellbeing Australia Website
Posted:Dec 27, 2007 Recovery and Strengths Based Practice
Scottish Recovery Network, Glasgow, UK. 2007
This paper discusses the role of strengths in recovery and strengths based practice describing Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) as one particular model. Strengths based practice is a paradigm shift in mental health and has been implemented widely in the design and delivery of services in several countries. More details