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Mental Health/Illness95 English resources in total. To see which languages this resource is available in, click on its title.
Victorian resources - 10Title: Developing helpful communication skills with the person who is unwell and agitated
Summary: Communicating with someone experiencing severe/acute mental distress and who seems to be a danger to themselves or others can be a diffi cult, frustrating and frightening experience. It is vital that you remember that the person will have a reduced capacity to understand, process and act on information in a logical, reasonable and socially acceptable way. During severe mental/emotional distress the person very often feels frightened, confused and out of control.
Title: How to respond effectively to your relative with schizophrenia who may have challenging behaviour.
Summary: There are many ways of dealing with behaviour that upsets you. There are also ways of making yourself feel better about it, even if you can’t change the person’s behaviour. It is important to encourage the person to control his/her own behaviour. Before working out the best thing to do, it is important to understand what is happening to your relative, to know what is possible to expect of them, and to accept your own feelings and not blame yourself. Your relative may not be able to help doing some things because they are part of the illness. But many behaviours can change, with good management, learning some self-control, and with your help. The following suggestions are made to help you to cope with certain behaviour associated with schizophrenia. Remember that every person is different, and everyone’s circumstances are different. These are suggestions to try, but if they don’t work for you, it might help if you consult with the mental health professional that you see, about what to do next. It may be that the particular suggestion just needs to be used differently in your situation, or that a different method may work better. Don’t assume that nothing can be done.
Title: Information for Families and Carers of People with a Mental Illness
Summary: The booklet provides information about supports, services and information available for family and friends of people with a serious mental illness, the public mental health service system, what one should expect when assisting a relative or friend to use a mental health service and useful contact details for further information.
Title: Involuntary patients - About your rights
Summary: Information relating to involuntary treatment orders.
Title: Positive and negative symptoms associated with schizophrenia
Summary: By positive symptoms we mean: • Delusions • Hallucinations • Thought disorders By negative symptoms we mean: • Decreased motivation • Social withdrawal • Inability or diffi culty in making friends • Slowness of movement • Vulnerability to stress • Inability to learn from past mistakes • Inability to enjoy life
Title: Recognising serious illness in young children
Title: Recognising the grief response and mental illness
Summary: When we think of grief we normally associate it with someone passing away. When we have a loved one with a mental illness we also experience intense waves of grief as we mourn the losses in their lives and often the changes in our relationship with them. Both the person with the mental illness, and those who love and care for that person, experience loss.
Title: Restricted Involuntary treatment orders: About your rights
Summary: This booklet provides information about being on restricted involuntary treatment order or restricted community treatment order and your legal rights and entitlements under the Mental Health Act 1986.
Title: Tip sheets for carers of people with mental illness and drug use (dual diagnosis)
Title: Understanding feelings of guilt and mental illness
Summary: Tip sheet about understanding the feelings of guilt by carers of those with a mental illness.
National resources - 39Title: Asia Pacific Report Executive Summary
Title: Bipolar Disorder
Summary: This fact sheet provides a brief outline of what is bipolar disorder, its common symptoms, its causes and treatments.
Title: Carers of people with mental illness
Title: Carers of people with Mental Illness
Title: Caring for Someone Living Alone
Summary: Carers may have particular concerns about someone with dementia who lives alone. Issues that may arise and ways to help the person safely live alone are discussed here. A pdf download of the information is also available.
Title: Consumer rights and responsibilities in the mental health system
Title: Cultural identity and mental health
Title: Dementia - Activities
Summary: Enjoyment doesn't require memory. Information about planning and providing appropriate activities for people with dementia.
Title: Dementia - Memory Changes
Summary: When we talk about memory loss, we all tend to associate it as a normal part of ageing. This section talks about memory loss associated with dementia and how it is not a part of normal ageing.
Title: Getting help for mental health through a doctor
Title: Has someone close to you died by suicide?
Summary: Has someone close to you with a mental illness died by suicide? If so, you are not alone. When someone close to you dies by suicide, it affects how you feel and are able to cope. When that person had a mental illness, you may feel additional grief that is difficult for you and others to fully understand.
Title: Help Tip 3 - Understanding feelings of guilt and mental illness
Title: Help Tip 4 - Recognising the grief response and mental illness
Title: Helping someone at risk of suicide
Title: Is someone close to you bereaved by suicide?
Summary: What can you do to help when someone dies by suicide?
Title: Later Stages Of Dementia
Summary: Dementia is a progressive condition and people with dementia will become increasingly frail. Find out what to expect in the later stages of dementia and some issues that may be useful to consider.
Title: Making the Most of Respite Care
Summary: Respite care provides a needed break from the responsibilities and demands of caring for someone with dementia.
Title: Mental health and coronary heart disease
Title: Mental health in a changing world - the impact of culture and diversity
Title: Mental Health program
Title: Post traumatic stress disorder
Summary: This fact sheets provides information about causes, symptoms and treatment and support services.
Title: Psychosis and drug and alcohol issues
Title: Recovering from a mental illness
Summary: This fact sheet provides information on causes, symptoms and support services.
Title: Support for Mental Health Carers
Summary: The following brochure lists a range of agencies and contact information providing support for carers of people experiencing mental health issues in the southern region of Melbourne.
Title: Supporting parents and families: the mental health and well-being of children and young people
Title: Thinking of suicide - Finding help if you're feeling suicidal
Summary: Thinking about suicide does not mean you are a bad person, or weak, or flawed. It doesn't even mean that you really want to die - it only means that you have more pain than you can cope with right now. Remember, no problem lasts forever. Don't solve a temporary problem with a permanent solution. You are feeling this way for a reason, and there is help available, now and in the long term.
Title: Understanding mental illness
Summary: This page looks at the wandering behaviour of some people with dementia. The reasons for wandering are discussed, as well as some suggestions for ways to manage it.
Title: What is an anxiety disorder
Title: What is bipolar mood disorder
Summary: This brochure talks about bipolar mood disorder, its symptoms and possible causes, treatment options and where to go for help.
Title: What is challenging behaviour
Title: What is depressive disorder
Title: What is eating disorder
Title: What is mental illness
Title: What is personality disorder
Title: What is schizophrenia
Title: Worried About Your Memory?
Summary: Have you become concerned about increasing lapses in memory, or other changes in your thinking or behaviour?
Other States and Territories - 46Title: A Good Night's Sleeps And The Elderly
Summary: The aim of this booklet - "A Practical Guide: About a good night's sleep" is to assist people get a better night's sleep.
Title: Anorexia Nervosa in Children and Young People
Summary: This brochure briefly describes anorexia nervosa and the effects on children - especially girls. It includes advice on how to deal with the issues associated with this disorder, provides information about possible treatment and contacts for futher assistance.
Title: Anxiety in Children
Summary: This resource provides an overview about anxiety, how it can affect children and describes how parents can find out whether their children's worries should be considered serious and whether they need treatment.
Title: Anxiety in Children - What we should know as parents?
Summary: This fact sheet discusses how to distinguish standard worries from more serious anxieties in children. It also discusses different cultural understanding of this issue and provides some tips to parents.
Title: Anxiety In Children
Summary: Anxiety is a word that health professionals use when a child is fearful or distressed and the distress keeps going on for a long time.
Title: Body Image and Eating Problems - Family Help Kit
Summary: This resource deals with the issue of body image and accompanying eating problems which are likely to affect a number of yourng people, especially girls. It provides suggestions to help young people and contacts details for further information and assistance. The English version of this resource contains the whole Family help kit.
Title: Building Resilience: Mental Health Month Fact Sheet 2010
Summary: Building our resilience can certainly buffer us from developing mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Title: Celebrate, Connect, Grow. Mental Health Month Fact Sheet 2012
Summary: Sometimes our biggest priority will be getting some help for things that are causing us problems or for changes in the way we are feeling and thinking.
Title: Challenging Behaviours - Family Help Kit
Summary: This resource provides a definition of challenging behaviours and suggest suitable interventions for parents. The English version of this resource contains the whole Family Help Kit.
Title: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Problems - Family Help Kit
Summary: This resource provides an overview of the most common mental health problems that may affect children and adolescents. It also discusses potential triggering factors, common symptoms, coping strategies and support for families and provides contacts for further information and assistance. The English version of this resource contains the whole Family Help Kit.
Title: Coping Personally With War
Summary: Distress is an understandable response to war and even more so for those individuals and families whose loved ones may be directly threatened. Feelings and memories related to previous experiences of war or other grief and loss may also resurface. This factsheet produced by NSW Health provides an overview of the main issue and when and how to get assistance.
Summary: This brochure provides information about depression in its various forms. It discusses the main causes of depression and possible treatments.
Title: Depression - Family Help Kit
Summary: This fact sheet provides an overview of depression as experienced by adolescent and young people. It discusses the available treatments, most common symptoms, how to help young people in coping with depression and where to get further help and information. The English version of this resource contains the whole Family Help Kit.
Title: Depression in Children
Summary: This resource provides an overview of depression and how it can affect and manifest itself in children. it also includes strategies in how to manage it and contacts for further help.
Title: Disruptive Disorders in Children
Summary: This resources provides an overview of the most common behavioural disorders that can affect children. It provides some ways to mange disruptive children and contacts for further help.
Title: Does someone you know have a mental illness?
Summary: This pamphlet explores some of the myths about mental illness.
Title: Fears and Anxiety - Family Help Kit
Summary: This resource deals with symptoms of anxiety in children and adolescents and provides some information about the most common forms of this disorder. The English version of this resource contains the whole Family Help Kit.
Title: Good Friends Help Us Bounce Back. Mental Health Month Fact Sheet 2010
Summary: The theme of Mental Health Month in 2010 is all about the benefits of friendship. Social support in general is important for bouncing back from challenges and research has shown that having friends is associated with life satisfaction and overall wellbeing.
Title: Grief and Loss - Family Help Kit
Summary: The resource discusses the potential consequences of traumatic events for children and your people. It covers the warning signs that families should be aware of, what strategies should be employed to cope with them and whet to get further information and assistance. The English version of this resource contains the whole Family Help Kit.
Title: Help for anxiety problems
Summary: A guide to anxiety disorders, what are their symptoms, how to manage them and where to find help.
Title: Help For You And Your Family After Disaster Fact Sheet
Summary: Most people experience acute stress during events of natural disaster or large scale acts of violence.
Title: Help Tip 6 - For Carers of People with Mental Illness and Drug Use (Dual Diagnosis)
Summary: When we talk about drugs, we mean legal (alcohol, tobacco, prescription medication) and illegal (cannabis, speed, heroin) drugs. Studies have shown that up to 80% of people with mental illness are using drugs. When a person has both mental illness and misuses drugs, we call this ‘Dual Diagnosis’. Families and carers play a central role in the lives of people with dual diagnosis. It is very important that family members do not blame themselves for their loved one’s drug use.
Title: How to cope with stress
Summary: This brochure provides a general overview of the most common symptoms of stress and present strategies for stress management.
Title: Kessler 10 brochure
Summary: Brochure providing information about the Kessler 10 questionnaire
Title: Kessler 10 measure
Summary: The Kessler (K10) measure is a 10-item self-report questionnaire intended to yield a global measure of "psychological distress" based on questions about the level of anxiety and depressive symptoms in the most recent 4-week period.
Title: Linking Physical And Mental Health Care...It makes Sense For Families, Carers And Friends
Summary: Famillies and carers of mental health consumers are essential members of the care team and can provide vital support to consuers to help them improve their physical health.
Title: Linking Physical And Mental Health Care...It makes Sense For People Who Use Mental Health Services
Summary: Physical health and mental health are linked, so it makes sense to link physical and mental health care.
Title: Living with dramatic mood swings
Summary: This fact sheet provides general information about mood swings and bipolar disorder (manic depression).
Title: Physical Health Care: What To Expect From Your Mental Health Service
Summary: All NSW mental health services have a responsibility to ensure that the people who use their service receive adequate physical health care. This brochure provides a broad outline of these responsibilities and how they will be met.
Title: Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) - Family Help Kit
Summary: This resource focuses on post traumatic stress disorders in children and adolescents. It discusses the most common signs of the disorder, how to help children who are affected by it and where to get further help and information. The English version of this resource contains the whole Family Help Kit.
Title: Preventing youth suicide
Summary: This pamphlet explains some of the risk factors of youth suicide and what parents can do to help prevent it.
Title: Problem Solving And Setting Goals
Summary: The aim of this booklet - 'A Practical Guide About Problem Solving and Setting Goals' is to assist individuals to focus on their goals increase the likelihood of achieving them.
Title: Promoting Wellbeing
Summary: The aim of this booklet - 'A Practical Guide About Promoting Wellbeing' is to assist individuals to recognise the importance of obtaining and maintaining wellbeing.
Title: Psychosis - Family Help Kit
Summary: This resources briefly describes psychosis and its early warning signs.It provides suggestion on how to help young people affected by psychosis and provides contacts details for further help and information. The English version of this resource contains the complete Family Help Kit.
Title: Schizophrenia and young people
Summary: This resource discusses causes and symptoms of schizophrenia and its effects on young people.
Title: Schizophrenia information
Summary: This fact sheet explains what schizophrenia is, what may cause it, its common symptoms and treatment options.
Title: Self-esteem in young children under five
Summary: A guide for parents to develop self-esteem in young children
Title: Sign Up, Link In, Get Involved. Mental Health Week Fact Sheet 2009
Summary: This fact sheet provides a number of simple, everyday ideas for how you can sign up, link in or get involved.
Title: Stigma and Anxiety
Summary: This brochure discusses the issue of stigma as it often applies to mental illness. The second section focuses on anxiety and anxiety disorders.
Title: Stress - it affects children too
Summary: This is a fact sheet that discusses how parents can help their children cope with stress
Title: Stress And Stress Management
Title: Suicide Prevention - Family Help Kit
Summary: This resource deals with the issue of suicide and young people. It discusses the warning signs, how parents can help and where to get further assistance and information. The English version of this resource contains the whole Family Help Kit.
Title: Tsunami Disaster Fact Sheet - Coping Personally After the Tsunami
Summary: Most people experience acute stress during events like the 2004 tsunamis, and most manage with courage and strength. However, it is only later when the distressing images are recalled that some of hte stressful effects start to show.
Title: Wellbeing: Invest In Your Life. Mental Health Month Fact Sheet 2011
Summary: This fact sheet provides a number of simple, everyday ideas for how you can improve wellbeing.
Title: What is Mental Health?
Summary: After giving a brief definition of mental health, this brochure discusses strategies to achieve good mental health, what are the main causes of mental illness and what to do if further assistance is required.
Title: Why people with schizophrenia need your support
Summary: The fact sheet explores many of the myths about schizophrenia and explains the importance of community acceptance to the wellbeing of people with the disorder.