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 2010
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YOUTH VOICE IN POLICY: A GUIDE TO SHAPING HISTORY (RTC Updates)
NEW YOUTH GUIDE-YOUTH VOICE IN POLICY: A GUIDE TO SHAPING HISTORY
This document, created in partnership between the Pathways RTC and the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, provides youth and young adults who have both received mental health services and experienced multiple child-serving systems with the basic skills they need to advocate for issues they feel are important.
This is a simple guide that would be good to replicate for Australian conditions and structures.
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Posted:Dec 21, 2010 NAMI Releases Family Guide on Adolescent Depression; Symptoms are Often Different in Teens than Adults
ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has published an updated and expanded edition of What Families Need to Know about Adolescent Depression, a guide for families who want to know about accurate diagnosis and effective treatment options for teenagers experiencing depression.
When it comes to mental health care, one size does not fit all.
Adolescents are thought to differ from adults living with depression because they more often experience symptoms of irritability, anger and self-criticism than the sadness and loss of energy commonly seen in adults.
The 36-page family guide summarizes symptoms of depression and treatment options for adolescents and provides information regarding suicide prevention, health care and therapy.
"It is important that parents and children engage in dialogue to create an open and honest environment where mental health issues are discussed and treated just like any other health risks," said NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick.
"Communication is imperative. The family guide will help the discussion."
The most common forms of therapy for adolescent depression are talk therapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, medication or a combination of both.
First published in 2005, the updated edition relies on some of the newest studies that support methods for treating depression.
The booklet is available to download from the NAMI website.
Single and multiple copies can be ordered online from the NAMI store.
Posted:Dec 21, 2010 Australia's first comprehensive youth sector resource (website)
Quick and easy access to information and resources on youth-related issues is now just a mouse click away.
The Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies (ACYS) today launched its new website, www.acys.info, with an integrated information system and state-of-the-art website navigation design.
ACYS director Professor Rob White says the new website will provide users with easy and direct access to useful information relating to key topics and the overall sector.
"The role of ACYS is to support Australia's youth workers, service providers, policymakers, teachers, students and parents by collecting and disseminating information to the youth sector and now www.acys.info delivers information to users in a more effective way," Prof. White said.
"It's a one-stop shop packed with resources and information. Anyone working with young people can find what they are looking for on a single website.
This will no doubt be a useful and efficient tool for people working in the youth sector, studying youth-related issues or providing advice on youth policy issues."
At www.acys.info there are close to 50 topics on youth-related issues such as mental health; care and protection; crime and justice; drugs and alcohol; and participation and social inclusion. Under each topic you will find news, research and reports, sector contacts, publications and relevant programs. The research has been done, the contacts found and reports, journals and articles collated - now it's all just a click away.
Posted:Dec 21, 2010 VIRTUAL TOOLBOX FOR MENTAL HEALTH IN SCHOOLS (RTC Updates)
The UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools provides an online toolbox for school practitioners and professionals. This toolbox includes a variety of briefs that give a broad view of mental health in schools and emphasizes the importance of addressing mental health in school-wide systems.
If you have any ideas for a future GEMS or would like to submit a GEMS for publication, please contact the Series Editors (Andrea Reupert and Darryl Maybery - Monash University) at email@example.com to discuss your proposal.