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Some Useful
Links, Resources & Publications

Here are some suggested links to other consumer friendly sites and publications about participation, peer support and recovery.

We attempt to provide up-to-date links to sites that we believe might be of interest to our visitors. We do not necessarily endorse the products or services that one may find by following links from our pages, nor are we responsible for the accuracy of the content on those pages. Be careful not to submit any personal information without being aware of the site's privacy policy.

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Auseinet -
The Australian Network for Promotion and Early Intervention for Mental Health
 - Auseinet's role is to inform, educate and promote good practice in a range of sectors and the community about mental health promotion, prevention, early intervention and suicide prevention across the lifespan. The Auseinet website provides access to a comprehensive clearinghouse facility including information and resources on best practice models, state and territory based projects, publications to download, links to related websites, an email discussion list and Auseinet publications

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet -

Australian Institute for Suicide Research & Prevention -

Australian Women's Health Network -

Beyondblue - the national depression initiative -

Black Dog Institute is dedicated to advancing the understanding, diagnosis and management of the depressive disorders -

Consumers Health Forum of Australia is a national body working to promote consumer perspectives and interests in health care  - the leading national organisation providing a voice for all health consumers

depressioNet - an independent resource for information, help and support. They offer a 24 hour email service to answer any depression related questions and help locate resources available in your area. There is also the opportunity to communicate with others via the chat room and message board -

HealthInsite - Commonwealth Government site for health information -

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Branch, Department of Health & Ageing (Commonwealth Government) - information about the National Mental Health Strategy - mental health information brochures and packs -
1800 066 247

Mental Health Association (QLD) -

Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) You might like to try The Kit: A Guide to the Advocacy we choose to do: A resource kit for consumers and carers -

Sane Australia - the web site of a national organisation working for a better life for Australians affected by a mental illness - in particular their Stigma Watch -

Schizophrenia Fellowship's New South Wales website -

The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Conference - TheMHS primary purpose is to organise educational forums that bring together all people interested in the provision of mental health services. The annual conference moves around the major cities of Australia and New Zealand each year. The Summer Forum is organised in a holiday-friendly site each January -


Peer Support Links

Peer support & peer run crisis alternatives in mental health - Shery Mead  -

Peer-to-Peer Resource Centre - USA -

Mary Ellen Copeland's Web Page - information about Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP), recovery and peer support

National Mental Health Association (USA) - Position Statement on the Role of Peer Support Services in the Creation of Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Systems -

ACT Mental Health Foundationís Peer Support Program - Provides one-to-one peer support for people with bipolar and schizophrenia.


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Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent & Family Mental Health Assoc.  -

Child & Youth Health -


COMIC - Children of Mentally Ill Parents -

Kids Help Line -



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Basic Needs - UK - Mental health charity based in the UK which helps mentally ill people in Africa and Asia get access to treatment, overcome the unbelievable stigma that they face, and then get support to start a job and earn an income.

Centre for Mental Health (SAMSHA) - USA  -

The Mental Health Foundation (UK) aims to help people survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems. We bring together teams that do research, develop services, design training, influence policy, and raise public awareness - all under one roof. -

MIND is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. -

National Empowerment Centre - USA -

National Mental Health Consumer Self-Help Clearinghouse  - USA - A must to browse - the Clearinghouse helps people to establish groups and networks, organise coalitions, advocate for mental health reform and fight stigma placed by society on mental illness. The Clearinghouse seeks to empower by providing technical assistance, loads of information, consultations and follow-up. See what you think -

Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health - UK site with good consumer run programs and research -

Schizophrenia website - UK - A new website for consumers and carers produced by the Centre for Evidence Based Mental Health as part of the electronic Library for Mental Health. The site seeks to provide answers to people's questions - - Also, why not try the centre's site on depression -



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A mental health research classic - "the essential U & I" - - 03 9667 1333

Atlanta Mental Health - Online healthy directory portal.

Internet Mental Health - a web site for information on mental health conditions, medications & treatments, research and links to a range of illness and condition specific web sites -

Mental Health Resources - the University of Adelaide Library - a good resource list from a reputable source -

MindMatters -

Side-Effect Registry - USA - This standing feature of Psychiatry On-Line is designed to build up a registry of side effects associated with commonly used antidepressants and antipsychotics. Regular updates will be published so that you can monitor the side-effect profile of various drugs. -

St. John's Wort and the Treatment of Depression - USA _ The National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has developed this fact sheet on the use of St. John's Wort for depression. It is part of a series intended to help consumers make informed decisions about whether to use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for a disease or medical condition. NCCAM defines CAM as approaches to health care that are not currently part of conventional medicine as practiced in the United States -

The Merck Manual of Medical Information - Explains disorders, who is likely to get them, their symptoms, how they're diagnosed, how they might be prevented, and how they can be treated; also provides information about prognosis - based on the world's most widely used textbook of medicineóThe Merck Manualóbut written in everyday language by 300 outstanding contributors -

Psychiatric Advance Directives - USA - Psychiatric advance directives (PADs) are relatively new legal instruments that may be used to document a competent personís specific instructions or preferences regarding future mental health treatment, in preparation for the possibility that the person may lose capacity to give or withhold informed consent to treatment during acute episodes of psychiatric illness -

Repository of Recovery Resources - from Boston University Centre for Psychiatric Rehabilitation -

Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) - link to the clinical practice guidelines for patients and carers developed as a way of better informing patients and carers about appropriate, and inappropriate, treatment options. These aim to facilitate shared and informed decision making. The CPGs address six specific disorders or conditions that have considerable impact on psychiatric practice in Australia and New Zealand, as expressed from both the psychiatric profession and consumers. These are: anorexia nervosa; bipolar disorder; deliberate self harm (youth and adult); depression; panic disorder and agoraphobia; and schizophrenia -

Rural Mental Health Information Service - 1300 131 114  

UNSW Student Guild Special Needs - [email protected]

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council Inc (VMIAC) - based in Melbourne, Australia. The VMIAC is a consumer/survivor advocacy organisation for people with mental health problems. -



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Inquiry into the Disability Discrimination Act by the Productivity Commission - report available on web site -

National Mental Health Consumer Self-Help Clearinghouse - tips for grant writing about peer support -

Partnership or Pretence - by Janet Meagher, AM - a handbook of empowerment and self-advocacy for consumers- available from PRA, Sydney - $25 incl postage - 02 9319 6868




Know of other related resources?? - let us know - phone, fax or email the secretariat -  If you haven't got internet and email access, remember you can go to your local library for assistance.


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