Advances in Mental Health

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 1, 2016

A Feasibility Study of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Foreign Nationals Living in Japan
The number of foreign nationals settling in Japan is increasing (Ministry of Justice, 2010). Japanese government initiatives such as the "Global 30 project" aim to further increase the intake of foreign students and professionals, internationalise Japanese...
A Focus on Recovery: Using the Mental Health Recovery Star as an Outcome Measure
IntroductionTraditional medical definitions of recovery focus on the remission of symptoms and return to prior functioning. Although medical recovery from serious mental illness occurs, alternative definitions have emerged that are more personal in nature...
A Mountain Not Too High to Climb: A Qualitative Study Exploring Facilitators and Barriers to Smoking Cessation in a Regional Mental Health Service
IntroductionTobacco smoking is the largest single preventable cause of death and disease in Australia (Lim et al., 2013; Öberg, Jaakkola, Woodward, Peruga, & Prüss-Ustün, 2011) and is a serious and problematic issue in mental health. While smoking...
ASSIP - Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program. A Manual for Clinicians
ASSIP - Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program. A manual for clinicians, edited by Konrad Michel and Anja Gysin-Maillart, Götingen, Hogrefe Publishing, 2015, x + 114 pp., euro41.95 (print edition), ISBN 978-0-88937-476-8ASSIP - Attempted Suicide...
Australian Mental Health Staff Response to Antipsychotic Medication Side Effects - the Perceptions of Consumers
BackgroundHealth professionals commonly elect to use antipsychotic medications as the frontline treatment for people experiencing a serious mental health problem. The use of these medications inevitably results in side effects, which may include weight...
Evaluation of an Ultra-Brief Psycho-Education and Referral Intervention Provided to Patients Presenting to a Hospital Emergency Department with Symptoms of Panic Attack
Panic Disorder (PD) is one of the most common anxiety disorders in Australia with a 12-month prevalence rate of 2.6% (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2008). The defining characteristic of PD is recurrent panic attacks (PA). PA are accompanied by a range...
Increasing Knowledge of Mental Illness through Secondary Research of Electronic Health Records: Opportunities and Challenges
Introduction and search strategyElectronic health records (EHRs) are health records of patients, which are securely stored in electronic form and shared between health-care providers. Under this broad definition, EHRs may include, but are not limited...
Mental Health First Aid Training for Australian Financial Counsellors: An Evaluation Study
BackgroundButterworth (2003) has found that Australians who are on income support have a higher rate of mood, anxiety and substance use disorders (13.2%, 18.2% and 12.6%, respectively) than those not receiving income support (7.1%, 8.7% and 8.3%, respectively)....
The Who and the Where of Mental Health Promotion
Across the various papers in this issue, the issue of who to involve in mental health promotion as well as where promotion activities are best positioned is considered, even if not explicitly. In the first instance, those responsible for delivering mental...
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