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Room for improvement
The National Mental Health Commission's
report, A Contributing Life: the 2012
Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide
Prevention, has been welcomed.
Kate Carnell AO said,
The National Report
Card has focused on
those working in
the health sector and non-government
organisations like beyondblue need an
integrated collaborative approach to
improve the lives, health and wellbeing of
people with a mental illness.'
Forum (CHF) of
Australia CEO Carol
Bennett said the
report was a welcome
issues and provided a set of baseline
data on consumer experiences to better
Ms Carnell said: 'beyondblue supports
this approach and commends the
National Mental Health Commission
for committing to drive continuous
improvement and evaluation of programs
and initiative. This will help people with
mental illness and their families have
better access to services, meaningful
employment and a safe place to live.
'We endorse Commissioner Janet
Meagher's comment that people with
mental health problems want the same
thing as everyone else and agree that
even the most disadvantaged people
should be able to lead a contributing life.
'We welcome the NMHC's commitment
to pull together a Taskforce to promote
better work opportunities for people with
mental health problems and we thank
the Commission for the opportunity to
participate in the Taskforce and to build
on the work we have already done in
raising awareness of good mental health
practices in the workplace,' she said.
Ms Bennett said that the CHF believes
more research into consumer experience
and satisfaction is needed to better
understand treatment outside of the
clinical context -- consumers know what
services they need and want.
'CHF warmly welcomes today's report as it
makes a strong effort to gauge consumer
satisfaction and individual outcomes
in areas such as social inclusion and
workplace participation which are key
to overcoming many chronic conditions.
The report transparently displays this
important information so common
benchmarks can be easily created
'This is a big step forward in assessing
effectiveness of a particular service, as it
gives a more complete picture of an
individual's final outcome,' she said.
Quick references on
beyondblue has released quick and easy'
reference guides for health professionals.
They complement the development
of NHMRC-approved Clinical Practice
Guidelines for Depression in Adolescents
and Young Adults in 2011.
beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO said
busy people such as doctors and
psychologists didn't have time to search a
thick document for the information they
need when they have a young person
with depression sitting in their clinic and
'Health professionals told us that the
beyondblue Clinical Practice Guidelines are
an excellent resource for in-depth research,
but for use on a day-to-day basis, they
wanted the information in a more succinct
and easily-accessible format.
'As a result, beyondblue developed
these resources to provide them with
a summary of the main points in the
Clinical Practice Guidelines to which they
can refer quickly during a consultation
with a young person,' she said.
The four resources include:
• Depression in young people --
an interactive 'e-guide' for primary care
health professionals which summarises
the Guidelines and can be saved on
a computer desktop for quick and
• Depression in young people -- A 16-page
hard copy booklet which summarises
the Guidelines for use alongside or in
place of the 'e-guide'
• An eight-page, hard-copy pamphlet to
assist primary care health professionals
with assessing and managing
depression in young people
• A fact sheet -- Engaging young people
in health care: A guide for primary care
healthprofessionals offers guidance
on providing youth-friendly services
and tips on collaborating with
young people and their families
-- including people from specific
'These new resources aren't just for
doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists.
They can be used also by school
counsellors, teachers and other adults
who work with young people who may
be experiencing mental health problems.
Depression often emerges during
adolescence with long-standing research
suggesting one in five adolescents has
experienced depression by the time
they turn 18. Depression can seriously
lower the quality of life for young people
and their families, and increase the risk
of suicide. That's why it's important for
adults working with young people to be
well-informed, so they can assist young
people to get the right help as soon as
possible,' she said.
The guides can be downloaded from:
one in five adolescents
depression by the time
they turn 18.'
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