Mental Health Promotion

Mental Health Promotion

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Our focus

Mental health promotion is an approach that focuses on enabling all individuals to maximise their wellbeing and achieve good mental health. Mental health promotion supports individuals to become emotionally resilient, cope with normal life stresses, and participate meaningfully in their communities. It also aims to increase awareness and understanding of mental health problems and mental illness, reduce stigma and discrimination, and encourage help-seeking behaviour.


Jewish Care’s mental health promotion initiative sits within Individual and Family Services and focuses on promoting positive mental health to a range of target groups within the Victorian Jewish community. The Mental Health Promotion and Resource Officer also works to promote mental health literacy to improve the capacity of Jewish Care programs to work with people with mental illness and their families, and is engaged in enhancing referral pathways for Jewish Care clients to clinical and community mental health services in the wider community.

 

Strengthening community health and wellbeing

Our activities are aimed at the community level, and focus on promoting positive mental health and increasing knowledge about mental illness. We also work to build the capacity of organisations to respond to people experiencing mental illness, and partner with mental health service providers to enhance their awareness of and responsiveness to the culturally sensitive needs of Jewish clients who require acute mental health services.

 

A collaborative approach

We operate a person-centred model of support and consider the impact of mental health issues on whole of life for the individual and their family. As such, a collaborative approach is adopted with other Jewish Care services including:

  • Pastoral care
  • Professional counselling
  • Housing support
  • Disability
  • Services for Older People
  • Service co-ordination

 

One in five Australians will experience mental illness this year.
That equates to more than 10,000 people in the Victorian Jewish community.

 

General resources

Anxiety and depression: an information booklet is a comprehensive guide to understanding anxiety and depression. Developed by beyondblue, it includes:
• the symptoms, causes and treatments for anxiety and depression
• how to respond to crisis situations
• the different types of support available
• tips for recovery and staying well
• information for carers of people with anxiety or depression
Click here to download the booklet

 

Anxiety and depression in young people: What you need to know is a booklet developed by beyondblue specifically for young people to help them understand more about anxiety and depression, and learn ways to cope with difficult situations or feelings. It covers topics such as:
• why people develop anxiety or depression
• recovering from anxiety and depression
• the kinds of support available
• self-harm – knowing when to get help
• suicide prevention
• helping a friend who is struggling
Click here to download the booklet

 

Anxiety and depression in older people provides helpful information about anxiety and depression for older people and their families and friends. Developed by beyondblue, the guide includes topics such as:
• the symptoms, causes and treatments for anxiety and depression
• caring for an older person with anxiety or depression
• the relationship between dementia and depression
• first-hand accounts of living with anxiety and depression
• positive strategies for supporting older people to stay mentally healthy
Click here to download the booklet

 

The Check-In App
Developed by beyondblue, the Check-In App is a free mobile app that makes it easier for young people to reach out to friends they are worried about.

Knowing how to best approach a friend who might be struggling can be tricky. The Check-In App helps young people to construct a step-by-step plan to have a conversation by considering where to have the conversation, what to ask, and what to do to support the friend.

The app has suggestions for what to do if the conversation doesn't go as planned, and provides the young person with advice on how to look after their own mental health when supporting a friend. The app also provides links to a range of online and phone support services suitable for young people.

To download the app, visit the App Store on iTunes or the Google Play store.

 

KidsMatter information sheets
KidsMatter has developed a range of freely available fact sheets to provide families with information to help them support their children's mental health and wellbeing. They contain practical information and strategies across a range of common childhood issues, and help parents to recognise if and when professional help is needed.
To download any of the fact sheets visit:
http://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/families/information-sheets

 

How to reduce your child's risk of depression and clinical anxiety is an e-booklet developed by beyondblue, in conjunction with researchers from Monash University and the University of Melbourne, that aims to help parents to reduce their primary-school aged children's risk of developing depression or anxiety. The booklet helps parents to distinguish between 'normal' child behaviour and behaviour that may point to a more serious mental health condition, and provides practical strategies for parents to support their kids.
To download the booklet visit: www.parentingstrategies.net

 

A parents' guide to anxiety and depression in young people is an interactive e-booklet for parents of young people aged 16 to 24. Developed by beyondblue, the comprehensive guide includes topics such as:

  • when should I be worried?
  • understanding anxiety and depression
  • recovering from anxiety and depression
  • how to support a young person
  • accessing professional help
  • managing stressful situations
  • helping someone who is self-harming

To access the e-booklet visit http://parentsguide.beyondblue.org.au

 

The beyondblue guide for carers – Supporting and caring for a person with anxiety or depression includes helpful information and strategies for carers of people experiencing depression or anxiety. The guide covers a number of topics, including:

  • recognising that something is not right
  • taking the first step
  • accessing information
  • working towards recovery
  • overcoming setbacks
  • responding to crisis situations
  • looking after yourself, the carer

Click here to download the booklet

 

Guiding their way back: a resource for people who are supporting someone after a suicide attempt is a resource developed by beyondblue to help support the families and friends of people who have attempted to take their own life. The guide provides practical information about the impact a suicide attempt can have, including:

  • why people attempt suicide
  • how they might feel after an attempt
  • how you might be feeling
  • what you can do to provide support

Click here to download the booklet

The programs listed below have been developed by renowned institutes such as beyondblue and the National Institute for Mental Health Research, and can be accessed anonymously and free of charge.


Please note that while self-help resources such as the ones listed below have been shown to be effective in enhancing mental health and wellbeing, they should not be seen as an alternative or replacement for professional support. If you or someone you know experiences mental illness and is in need of support, please contact your GP or other relevant health professional.

 

Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind is a free mindfulness meditation tool that aims to promote a sense of calm, clarity and contentment by bringing awareness and attention to the present moment.

Mindfulness meditation has become increasingly well-known in recent years; as well as being used in the treatment of pain, stress, anxiety and depression, it has been shown to improve overall resilience and wellbeing.

Developed by a team of psychologists, Smiling Mind was designed specifically with the needs of children and young adults in mind, though it can be used by people of all ages. The program can be accessed online or using a smartphone and consists of ten guided meditation sessions, which are progressed through at your own pace, with additional exercises and sessions available upon completion of the initial program.

To learn more or to register for the program visit: http://smilingmind.com.au/

 

BRAVE Self-Help
BRAVE Self-Help is a free online program for the prevention and treatment of anxiety in young people.

Developed by a team of researchers from the University of Queensland, Griffith University and the University of Southern Queensland, in conjunction with beyondblue, the evidence-based program has been specially designed to teach young people the skills they need to reduce anxiety and to cope with stressful situations. The program also teaches parents strategies to help their child or teenager to better manage their anxiety.

There are four different programs available: one for children aged 8-12 years; one for teenagers aged 12-17 years; and one for parents of children and teenagers of these age groups, respectively. Young people and their parents can complete the program together or independently of each other, and each session takes between 20 to 60 minutes to complete. Evaluations of the program have shown significant improvement in anxiety levels for the young people who use it.

To learn more or to register for the program visit: https://brave4you.psy.uq.edu.au/

 

MoodGYM
MoodGYM is a free online self-help program that uses techniques drawn from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to help people learn how to prevent and cope with depression.

Developed by the National Institute for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University, the interactive program teaches the principles of CBT, as well as relaxation and meditation techniques. It also works through dealing with issues such as stress and relationship breakdown. The program consists of five modules, and includes additional resources such as anxiety and depression assessments, a workbook and relaxation audio.

Evaluations of the program have demonstrated that use of MoodGYM is associated with significant reductions in depression and anxiety symptoms.

To learn more or to register for the program visit: https://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome

 

e-couch
e-couch is a free online self-help program developed by the National Institute for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University.
The program features modules to help people cope with a range of emotional problems and stressful life events, including:

  • Depression
  • Generalised anxiety and worry
  • Social anxiety
  • Divorce and separation
  • Loss and bereavement

Each module presents evidence-based information and teaches strategies drawn from interpersonal and cognitive-behaviour therapy, as well as a range of other techniques including relaxation, meditation, physical activity and social skills.

To learn more or to register for the program visit:
https://ecouch.anu.edu.au/welcome

 

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