eMHPrac Newsletter Vol.5, No.7, July 2023

eMHPrac Newsletter Vol.5, No.7, July 2023

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In this edition:
  • NAIDOC Week – For Our Elders
  • eMHPrac Podcast – Season 3 Episode 3
  • Online Training from Black Dog Institute
  • Live Webinar from the National Safety and Quality dMH Standards: ‘Partnering with service users’ 
  • Community survey for the Co-Creating Safe Spaces Project
  • WellMob – new blog post
  • See the eMHPrac team at these upcoming conferences
  • Read the latest dMH research articles
  • This month’s featured service: Deadly Story

NAIDOC Week – For Our Elders

During NAIDOC Week, we celebrated and recognised the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The 2023 National NAIDOC Week theme, “For Our Elders,” honoured the wisdom and guidance of Indigenous Elders. In honour of NAIDOC Week, we have compiled a number of digital mental health resources which have been created by or with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders.

  • Kurdiji 1.0: A gift from Warlpiri elders in the Northern Tanami Desert, Kurdiji 1.0 is an app to help individuals connect with community, culture, and Country, offering support and guidance.
  • Brother to Brother Crisis Line: This 24-hour phone support line focuses on relationships, family violence and parenting and is operated entirely by Aboriginal men with lived experience of these challenges, including Elders.
  • Deadly Story: A website designed to help children and young people connect with their Country, Communities, and cultural identity. The site offers cultural information collected from community members, Elders, leaders, and organisations.
Learn more

Digital Mental Health Musings: Season 3 Episode 3

Season 3 Episode 3 – ‘A new interdisciplinary online community supporting mental healthcare professionals: Spotlight on Black Dog Institute’s Health Professionals Education and Resources Hub’

Guest: Phoebe Holdenson-Kimura, GP and Medical Educator (Black Dog Institute)

“It’s an online space where people can share different ideas and ways of approaching problems – people can bring challenges or issues that they’ve been grappling with … it’s a safe place with other health professionals where those conversations can be had around practice.” – Phoebe Holdenson-Kimura

In this episode of Digital Mental Health Musings, we speak to Dr Phoebe Holdenson-Kimura about a new resource for health professionals that highlights the value of building an interdisciplinary community of peers and colleagues for tackling problems and gaining insights from across different disciplines within the mental health space.

Watch or listen to the podcast episode here and catch up on past episodes here.

Listen here

Online Training from Black Dog Institute

“Diagnosis and Treatment of PTSD in Emergency Workers”

When: Online, 9 Aug 2-5pm, 22 Aug 6-9pm, 21 Sep 6-9pm and more

Emergency Service Workers are one of the high-risk groups for trauma exposure and are more vulnerable to developing mental health problems. This workshop has been designed to support GPs to accurately diagnose patients with acute stress disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and other comorbidities. Evidence based guidelines will be used as the foundation to appropriately diagnose and identify treatment pathways including recommended referrals, trauma focused psychological therapy and psychological first aid to help support the management of emergency service workers. The training may also be relevant to other health professionals.

Enrol Now

Live Webinar from the National Safety and Quality dMH Standards

‘Partnering with service users’

When: Tuesday 8 August 2023, 12:00 – 1:00pm AEST

Hear how services can develop and maintain user participation, what co-design means in practice, and how partnerships strengthen services.

Hear from:

  • A diverse range of digital mental health service users, including consumers and carers
  • Rachel Green, Chief Executive Officer at SANE Australia
  • Emma Elder, Lived Experience Program Manager at Black Dog Institute
Register Now

Contribute to the Co-Creating Safe Spaces Project community survey

Are you passionate about health, well-being, and suicide prevention in Australia? The Australian National University are seeking participants to contribute to important research about Safe Spaces for people experiencing emotional distress and/or suicidal crisis. Anyone aged 16 and over can fill in the anonymous online community survey to share their insights on new services and support-seeking preferences. Whether you have personal experience, have supported someone in distress, or simply wish to contribute, they welcome your input! All questions are optional, the survey will take around 10-30 minutes depending on your choices.

Take the survey

Short cuts to WellMob’s top resources

WellMob‘s new Resource Sheets for workers are providing short cuts to the top resources available on the WellMob website. Health workers can access resource sheets to help build cultural and historical knowledge and find suitable resources on common health issues to use in client based work.

Learn more about how WellMob’s resource sheets can help build your cultural knowledge in their latest blog.

Read the blog

Catch us at these upcoming conferences

National Allied Health Conference

7-9 August 2023, Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre, Perth, WA

Presentation and Trade exhibit

The Theme – Expanding Horizons will encourage all participants to explore the many and varied opportunities and contributions of Allied Health.

See eMHPrac Director Heidi Sturk present and visit the eMHPrac team at their trade exhibit.

Learn more

The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Conference

15-18 August 2023, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide SA

Presentation and Trade exhibit

Bringing humanity and human rights into mental health.

See eMHPrac Director Heidi Sturk present and visit the eMHPrac team at their trade exhibit.

Learn more

Workplace Mental Health Symposium

7-8 September 2023, RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast QLD

Presentation and Trade exhibit

Learn ground-breaking strategies, save time and money, and have your team inspired by the experts at the Workplace Mental Health Symposium.

See eMHPrac Director Heidi Sturk present and visit the eMHPrac team at their trade exhibit.

Learn more

On our reading radar…

The Effectiveness of a Smartphone Intervention Targeting Suicidal Ideation in Young Adults: Randomized Controlled Trial Examining the Influence of Loneliness

McGillivray, L., Hui, N. K. M., Wong, Q. J., Han, J., Qian, J., & Torok, M. (2023). The effectiveness of a smartphone intervention targeting suicidal ideation in young adults: randomized controlled trial examining the influence of loneliness. JMIR mental health, 10(1), e44862. https://doi.org/10.2196/44862

Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Performance of Wearable Artificial Intelligence in Detecting and Predicting Depression

Abd-Alrazaq, A., AlSaad, R., Shuweihdi, F., Ahmed, A., Aziz, S., & Sheikh, J. (2023). Systematic review and meta-analysis of performance of wearable artificial intelligence in detecting and predicting depression. NPJ Digital Medicine, 6(1), 84. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41746-023-00828-5

Internet-Based Behavioral Activation for Depression: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Alber, C. S., Krämer, L. V., Rosar, S. M., & Mueller-Weinitschke, C. (2023). Internet-Based Behavioral Activation for Depression: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 25, e41643. https://doi.org/10.2196/41643

This edition’s featured service…

Deadly Story

About Deadly Story

Deadly Story is a website developed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people connect with their Country, Communities, and their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and identity by providing cultural information. Deadly Story aims to support healing, increase protective factors, help with resilience, self-esteem and pride and lead to better health and wellbeing overall.

The information on the Deadly Story website is collected from many sources along with discussion with community members, including Elders and Leaders, community organisations, land councils and other cultural information sites. Deadly Story groups this information under culture and identity as well as providing tools and links to suitable services.

Who is Deadly Story for?

Deadly Story is designed primarily for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in out-of-home care who may be disconnected from their culture. Their information is also suitable for carers or health practitioners taking care of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child or young person.

Is there a cost to use Deadly Story?

There is no cost to use Deadly Story.

How to access Deadly Story

Deadly Story can be accessed at https://www.deadlystory.com/.

Learn more