In honour of International Day of Friendship on July 30, we shared a story about Bill and his brother-in-law Kyran.
The dynamic duo have become TikTok sensations and are showing the world the true meaning of friendship, creating videos about their unique bond.
They have almost a million followers on TikTok, with their videos featuring dance moves, humour and messages about embracing diversity. They refer themselves as the Brother Boys.
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Help Break the Cycle
I’m Ned Evans, Suicide Prevention Community Development Coordinator from the Wagga Wagga office and I want to personally invite you to join us to Break The Cycle – and help prevent suicide.
From September 5 to World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10 we’re asking people to jump on a bike, or take part in other physical activities or suicide prevention training, and let us know.
Together, across our communities, we want to ride and clock up 3139kms, to remember the thousands of people in Australia who die by suicide each year.
You can take part as an individual, or set up a team of friends or community to help us reach our goal.
Can you join us?
Donate or register to take part in Break the Cycle by clicking the button below.
As well as providing support to individuals who have attempted suicide and their families, we connect with and guide families, friends and workplaces who have lost someone to suicide.
We’re working with communities every day to start conversations, raise awareness and link loved ones with support that can literally save a life. This includes providing education and awareness and being a sounding board to help increase resilience and coping.
Taking part will help us do more of this important work.
Thanks in advance for your support!
Suicide Prevention Community Development Coordinator
GUEST SPEAKERS: Shannon Arenson, Dispensary Manager, Seutika Pharmacy, Medical Practitioner
TOPIC: Cannabis – What we have seen so far – Perspectives on Medical Marihuana from a mother and professionals
VENUE: Level four, Spotless Building, 549 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
The “Spotless Building’ is a little to the city side of Wesley College,
And has white umbrellas in the forecourt.
Lots of free parking in the centre lanes of St Kilda Road, with many trams stopping at the door. If you are having trouble with transport/ seek further information or just need a chat, please phone: Eleni on 0412 018 722
Please come early to enjoy our return to customary chat and light supper before the speaker
Due to security needs, we are required to pay a concierge at the door of the building.
Mental Health News
Mental health and suicide in Australia
Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Emma McBride, says more than 3,000 Australians died by suicide in 2020, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) latest report: Suicide and Self-Harm Monitoring. “The report provides insight into the mental health and wellbeing of Australians at the start of the pandemic, with the country seeing an average of around nine deaths by suicide per day. The report indicates that males are three to four times more likely to take their own life than females, while females are more likely to attempt suicide or be hospitalised for intentional self-harm.
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A progress report on the effectiveness of mental health and wellbeing reform from the people who use the system
On 6 September 2022 Victoria’s three mental health sector peak bodies, the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC), Tandem, and Mental Health Victoria, will host a major, sector-wide conference focused on Victoria’s mental health reform journey.
The conference will be launched by Victoria’s Minister for Mental Health, Minister Gabrielle Williams. Senior representatives from the Victorian Government will be invited to engage in high-level, solutions focused policy discussions, led by the Victorian mental health sector, including the consumers, carers, families and supporters at the heart of our system.
This will be an opportunity for Victoria’s mental health sector to thoughtfully examine key reform initiatives from the first 18 months of Victoria’s reform journey, including legislative reform, service system reform in clinical and community settings, Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing, and Lived Experience reform.
Date: Tuesday 6 September 2022
Time: 9.30am – 5pm
Location: Pullman Hotel, Albert Park, 65 Queens Rd, Albert Park VIC 3004
New directions in neurocognitive assessment, processes and interventions for addictive behaviours, presented by Lara Piccoli and Erynn Christensen.
It is well understood that addiction is associated with neurocognitive deficits, particularly impaired cognitive control, and enhanced drive to engage in the problem behaviour. However, the predictive utility of these neurocognitive processes is yet to be established. Addiction is often characterised by a frequent relapse remit cycle, which may arise from the one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. Targeting the underlying motivations for consuming alcohol may inform more targeted, personalised, and efficacious interventions.
This presentation will discuss addictive behaviours from risk/resilience factors to suggested treatment targets. First, we introduce a novel tool to assess addiction-specific neurocognition and present evidence for the utility (or lack thereof) of neurocognition in predicting addictive behaviours. Then we present a novel virtual reality cue reactivity paradigm administered under stress to assess alcohol craving in individuals with alcohol use disorder.
Lara Piccoli is a second year PhD Candidate (Clinical Neuropsychology) at BrainPark, Monash University. Her research project involves using VR and gamified cognitive tasks to understand the cognitive-affective mechanisms of AUD. She completed her Honours degree at Turning Point in 2020 where she investigated whether alcohol craving mediates the effect of cognitive training on alcohol abstinence. Passionate about the role of cognitive functioning in understanding and treating substance use disorders, Lara’s career goals include continuing her involvement in addiction research, whilst working as a clinical neuropsychologist in the alcohol or other drug sector.
Erynn Christensen (she/her) is a PhD Candidate at Monash University’s BrainPark at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health. After completing her Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) at Monash University, Erynn has since worked on projects involving food choice, cannabis use, sleep and lifestyle interventions. Her PhD research is centred around the neurocognitive predictors of addictive behaviours ranging from drug and alcohol use to gambling, internet use and eating. Her work aims to model phenotypes of addiction, teasing apart the neurocognitive constructs that predispose and exacerbate problematic behaviours.
Date: Wednesday 10th August 2022
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm AEST
Cost: Free – Talking Point is a free seminar series but registrations are essential
Register: click here to register
Looking for a mid-week smile? Kate Bush has had a resurgence in popularity lately thanks to the phenomenon that is Stranger Things, which features her hit song Running Up That Hill. And Brisbane’s Pub Choir have taken it to a new level with their stirring rendition, available on YouTube. It’s so good, even Kate Bush herself responded – check the comments to see what she said! (YouTube)
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Participant Information Session – July 2022
You’re invited to find out more about Out Doors Inc. at our next information session.
This session is your chance to find out more about the range of activities we offer and to ask us any questions. It will also give you a feel for what becoming involved in the Out Doors Inc. community is like and give you the opportunity to meet other potential participants and some members of our staff. Following this session, you will be invited to book an intake meeting if you’re ready to get started with Out Doors.
This is a FREE session that will take place between 1:00pm – 2:00pm on Thursday 28 July at the Out Doors Inc. office in Kensington (11 Stubbs St, Kensington VIC 3031).
Snacks, tea, and coffee will be provided.
Register your interest by clicking the “REGISTER” button (below) and entering your details. Alternatively, you can contact us by phone on 03 9417 2111 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org