Allied Health Link Round Up Blog – January 2022
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Is there anything you’d like to see featured or pursued? Please let us know! At the end of each month, we publish this awesome round-up blog…
For this month, a special mention goes out to all of our colleagues who work in the field of MENTAL HEALTH…
Our emotional, psychological, and social well-being are all part of our mental health. It also influences how we deal with stress, interact with others, and make good decisions. We gathered these resources, articles, and blogs for you to help improve the quality of care in the field of MENTAL HEALTH.
Positive signs Australia’s approach to mental health is changing
Nelson Mandela famously once said children are ‘our greatest treasure’ and our future. While our national conversation about adult and teen mental health and wellbeing has made significant advances over the past decade, until recent years, children have largely been left out of the dialogue.
International experience tells us that prevention and early intervention play a critical role in reducing the onset and severity of mental illness and can change the mental health trajectory of a generation. It’s vital that in this increasingly connected yet fragmented world, those who work with families – the educators, nurses, social workers, doctors, psychologists and counsellors – not only understand what impacts an infant and child’s mental health, but have the confidence to identify early warning signs of mental health difficulties.
As more practitioners talk to parents about different challenges for their children, it’s driving their practice and service operators to pivot towards supporting infant and child mental health.
These are early and promising signs that recognising trauma as a factor to consider when working with children and parents is occurring, and that we are changing how we support vulnerable children and their families. Read more…
A New Way to Address Impostor Syndrome
Impostor syndrome (IS) refers to the difficulty in internalising success due to feelings of being phony or inauthentic, despite having evidence of the contrary. Individuals suffering from IS believe that they are undeserving of their achievements and may experience a wider range of mental health conditions, including impaired psychological functioning (e.g., depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, burnout, somatic symptoms, social dysfunction, and decreased job satisfaction and performance).
How to look after your mental health if you’re at home with COVID-19
For many of us, catching COVID and isolating at home can be a lonely, scary and distressing experience.
Here are some strategies designed to help you look after your mental health if you get COVID and are isolating at home. Read here…
Australian Allied Health Awards
Do you know of an Allied Health Professional who has greatly contributed to the profession? Let’s recognise them – nominations for the 2022 Australian Allied Health Awards opens February 1st!
IT’S NOT JUST BURNOUT: LET’S STOP CALLING IT THAT – AUBRI HATHAWAY
Burnout is, according to WHO… “a syndrome conceptualised as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”… which means that it’s about how you manage your health and well-being, how you manage / use tools to deal with relative stress.
Guess what… Most therapists and professionals I know and/ or mentor are doing everything within their power to manage “all the things” and still deal with fatigue, exhaustion, depletion and feeling distant ect. We are mislabeling a much more complex situation and experience as “burnout”. IT’S NOT BURNOUT. Read more here…
Aubri Hathaway is a Mentor for Helping Professionals and a Systemic Arts Coach. She has different blogs and support sessions to support the mental health of allied health professionals. Visit her website here!
Nature Based Therapy: Bringing Nature Into Practice – written by our guest blog contributor KIT KLINE
Nature Based Therapy understands that the state of the natural environment is close to our internal psychological state and therefore connects ecology with psychology. Read more..
Interested in learning more about mental health or brushing up on your skills? Take a look at these resources.
Self Help Resources for Mental Wellbeing
If you or your clients would benefit from some information or strageties regarding mental health then have a look at these great ‘workbooks’. Some of the workbooks can be used on their own, while others are best used as part of the series.
Mental Health Toolkit
Strategies and resources to support the mental health and wellbeing of Australian workers.
This evidence-informed workplace mental health toolkit is a practical guide for Australian workers to assist in the understanding of common mental health issues in the workplace, and provides strategies and resources to support those who may be experiencing a mental health condition.
Eating Disorders Queensland – Resources for health professionals
Managing patients with eating disorders? Check out these resources available at the Eating Disorders Qld website for individuals, carers, and health professionals. Clinical guidelines are available too!
Mental Health Resources
As an Institution, Everymind has a strong reputation for their range of practical evidence-based mental health resources to support individuals, families and communities.
Allied Health Support Services has a library of FREE resources, including webinars and presentations, for health professionals! Topics range from business and marketing to neurological rehabilitation and paediatrics. Sign up today to access amazing resources, podcasts, webinars and blogs for FREE!
Men’s mental health strongly connected to their partner’s employment status, new research shows
While thousands of Australians were hit hard by the pandemic, the impacts on women were particularly seismic. Employment rates plummeted and the domestic load increased tenfold. At the peak of the COVID crisis 8 percent of women lost their jobs compared to just 4 percent of men.
However, new research shows that men wore this fallout in a surprising way. Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research University of Melbourne, uncovered that men’s mental wellbeing is now measurably responsive to their partner’s employment status in a way it’s never been before. 37 percent of men whose partners are unemployed reported mental distress, versus 27 percent of men with partners who remain employed.
Source: Women’s Agenda (Access the original article here)
HEALTH & WELLNESS
The Connection Between Our Environment & Our Mental Health
Our environment affects how we think and what we feel. A messy, stressful environment can have a cumulative, detrimental impact on our mental health, and research finds that these negative environments can raise our cortisol levels which leads to anxiety and depression.
ALLIED HEALTH EVENTS
International Mental Health Conference
The International Mental Health Conference is designed for professionals, workers and volunteers to learn best practice, grow meaningful connections and implement real solutions to mental health care.
Date: 31 – 02 February 2022
Mental Health Reimagined International Online Summit
Mental Health Reimagined is an international online summit for health professionals bringing together a diverse range of experts to outline the evidence-base and application of lifestyle intervention in the treatment of mood disorders.
Date: 4 – 5 March 2022
2022 Frontline Mental Health Conference
The 2022 Frontline Mental Health Conference is designed to explore specialist advice and care for frontline workers and first responders throughout all stages of training, service, and retirement.
Date: 14 – 15 March 2022
Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference
The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference is designed to provide practical skills, relevant information, personal insight, and strategies for professionals committed to the mental health and wellbeing of young people.
Date: 28 – 30 March 2022
Online Conference for Music Therapy 2022
The conference platform is designed to accommodate music therapists from all over the globe to attend OCMT conferences during their own ideal, daytime hours.
Happening on 5th of February from 8am to 5pm!
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