The Logan-Beaudesert Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Early Intervention Unit (EIU) focuses on delivering mental health promotion, illness prevention and early intervention (MHPPEI) services to young people between the ages of 0-18. It embraces the concept of resiliency in individuals, family units and the community, through education, resource sharing, group programs and community capacity building strategies. This presentation will illustrate how the EIU, a small team recently expanded to three clinicians, delivers a host of MHPPEI initiatives across the district. A selection of past, present and future programs delivered or codelivered by the EIU will be discussed, such as More than the Blues (a program for young people with emerging depression), OurSpace (an initiative to support children of parents or relatives with a mental illness), the “Priority One Conference 2009” and “Unwell” (a drama performance addressing mental illness stigma in the community). The presenters hope that the presentation would be able to encourage other communities, which may not have yet been able to deliver MHPPEI initiatives, due to various reasons such as limited resources, to give it a go. It is our priority one, is it yours?
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) medication is widely used as a treatment for mental disorders such as depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders in Australia and worldwide. It has been demonstrated, however, that SSRIs can negatively impact on sexual functioning and influence all phases of the sexual cycle.
This study explores the possibility of developing an assessment instrument based on self-report sufficiently sensitive and practically applicable to detect mental illness and need for treatment among asylum seekers. The study was conducted among relatively newly arrived asylum seekers in Norway, 85 adult asylum seekers completed a questionnaire, of these 65 underwent a diagnostic interview.