Gambling problems and mental illness frequently occur together. Approximately three quarters of people seeking treatment for a gambling problem also have a mental illness, most commonly a mood disorder such as depression.
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Men frequently experience mental health issues, but are often reluctant to seek professional help.
The ambulance service is a key emergency service accessed by men across Australia, with around 1.2 million attendances to male patients annually. However, this contact does not necessarily result in ongoing mental health care. Researchers from Turning Point and Monash University are interviewing male ambulance patients with mental health difficulties and paramedics from across Australia to:
SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Technology) is a website that has been designed to be used on a tablet computer during consultations between mental health workers and their clients, as well as being accessible by patients and their family members at home. The SMART website has been developed in partnership with mental health workers, consumers and carers, and provides personal recovery-focused resources, exercises and tools.
Nexus (Dual Diagnosis Service of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne), Neami National and Monash University have been involved in a collaborative research partnership to evaluate the Reasons for Use Package (RFUP). The RFUP was designed by Simon Kroes and Kevan Myers of Nexus to assist clinicians to explore dual diagnosis issues with consumers.
There is considerable evidence that sleep plays a major role in positive physical and mental health. In fact, sleep can be seen as a sensitive barometer of mental health and sleep interventions may play an important role in both prevention and recovery.
Whilst the significance of sleep is often strongly felt by people experiencing mental health distress it is frequently neglected as area of focus in health care settings.