myCompass – interactive self-help internet site that aims to promote resilience and wellbeing for all Australians – launched 23 July 2012

Posted on July 23, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , , |

myCompass – interactive self-help internet site that aims to promote resilience and wellbeing for all Australians – launched 23 July 2012

Media release on the launch:

“Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler today launched a new online mental health tool designed to support people living with a mental health issue such as anxiety or depression.

Developed by a team of health professionals at the Black Dog Institute, and funded by the Australian Government, myCompass is an online tool that assesses user symptoms, then provides a personalised support program.

The interactive program includes online psychological tools, round-the-clock monitoring of moods and behaviours and motivational tips via email and SMS.

The tool is part of the Government’s recently launched e-mental health strategy.”

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Perinatal depression: data from the 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey – AIHW – 3 July 2012

Posted on July 3, 2012. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Obstetrics | Tags: , |

Perinatal depression: data from the 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey – AIHW – 3 July 2012

“Data from the 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey showed that 1 in 5 (20%) mothers of children aged 24 months or less had been diagnosed with depression. More than half of these mothers reported being diagnosed with depression during the perinatal period. Perinatal depression was more commonly reported among mothers who were younger (aged under 25), smokers, overweight/obese and from lower income households.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-320-6; Cat. no. PHE 161; 20pp.

Media release: One in ten mums doiagnosed with perinatal depression

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Twice as likely: putting long term conditions and depression on the agenda – NHS – May 2012

Posted on May 21, 2012. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Twice as likely: putting long term conditions and depression on the agenda – NHS – May 2012

Extract from the executive summary:

“Long term conditions coupled with depression are a significant and growing challenge for health and social care services. Between 15.4 to 17 million people have long term conditions. People with long term conditions are twice to three times more likely to experience depression and estimates suggest that 20% of people with long term conditions have depression.

The prognosis for people with long term conditions and depression is poorer care, poorer outcomes, a poorer quality of life and a substantial cost to the NHS; £8 to 13 billion is said to be the cost of care for those with long term conditions and mental health conditions in England1, with depression being the most common mental health problem. Studies indicate that depression can increase healthcare costs by 33% to 169% over a range of long term conditions.

Importantly also, depression can increase the risk of death for people with some long term conditions such as heart disease and cancer. A study has suggested a possible association between depression and cancer deaths. Additionally, it is estimated that the UK economy stands to lose £16 billion over the next 10 years through premature deaths due to heart disease, stroke and diabetes”

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Economic Benefits of Eliminating Job Strain as a Risk Factor for Depression – VicHealth – 6 October 2010

Posted on October 8, 2010. Filed under: Health Economics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Workforce | Tags: |

Economic Benefits of Eliminating Job Strain as a Risk Factor for Depression – VicHealth – 6 October 2010

Extract from the media release:

“Excessive pressure at work is costing Australia’s economy $730 million a year due to job-stress related depression, a University of Melbourne and VicHealth report has revealed.

The Estimating the Economic Benefits of Eliminating Job Strain as a Risk Factor for Depression report was funded by VicHealth and led by Associate Professor Tony LaMontagne from the University of Melbourne School of Population Health and Dr Kristy Sanderson from the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania.”

Full text of  Economic Benefits of Eliminating Job Strain as a Risk Factor for Depression

ISBN: 978-1-921822-02-5

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Stepping out of the Shadows: Collaborating to Improve Services for Patients with Depression – Canadian – 13 August 2009

Posted on August 14, 2009. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

British Columbia Medical Association – Stepping out of the Shadows: Collaborating to Improve Services for Patients with Depression  13 August 2009

Report – Stepping out of the Shadows: Collaborating to Improve Services for Patients with Depression

List of Recommendations

Media Release, August 13th, 2009

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Depression in Parents, Parenting, and Children: Opportunities to Improve Identification, Treatment, and Prevention – US IoM – 10 June 2009

Posted on June 15, 2009. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , , |

Depression in Parents, Parenting, and Children: Opportunities to Improve Identification, Treatment, and Prevention
Institute of Medicine report   Released On:  June 10, 2009
Full text online

“Depression is a widespread condition affecting approximately 7.5 million parents in the U.S. each year and may be putting at least 15 million children at risk for adverse health outcomes. Based on evidentiary studies, major depression in either parent can interfere with parenting quality and increase the risk of children developing mental, behavioral and social problems. Depression in Parents, Parenting, and Children highlights disparities in the prevalence, identification, treatment, and prevention of parental depression among different sociodemographic populations. It also outlines strategies for effective intervention and identifies the need for a more interdisciplinary approach that takes biological, psychological, behavioral, interpersonal, and social contexts into consideration.

A major challenge to the effective management of parental depression is developing a treatment and prevention strategy that can be introduced within a two-generation framework, conducive for parents and their children. Thus far, both the federal and state response to the problem has been fragmented, poorly funded, and lacking proper oversight. This study examines options for widespread implementation of best practices as well as strategies that can be effective in diverse service settings for diverse populations of children and their families.

The delivery of adequate screening and successful detection and treatment of a depressive illness and prevention of its effects on parenting and the health of children is a formidable challenge to modern health care systems. This study offers seven solid recommendations designed to increase awareness about and remove barriers to care for both the depressed adult and prevention of effects in the child. The report will be of particular interest to federal health officers, mental and behavioral health providers in diverse parts of health care delivery systems, health policy staff, state legislators, and the general public. “

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