Research Regarding Mental Health

Black Dog Institute
www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/

Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, Newcastle University
www.crrmh.com.au

Macquarie University, Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science
www.maccs.mq.edu.au

University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital, Brain Dynamics Centre
www.brain-dynamics.net

University of Wollongong, Illawarra Institute of Mental Health
www.uow.edu.au/health/iimh

Research, projects and surveys requiring participants
(Contact us to add your research)

If you wish to advertise your research study, project or surveys in our e-news, newsletter and/or website download our Research Advertising Form Research Advertising Form and email it to crais@nswcag.org.au or post it to Suite 501, Level 5,80 William Street, East Sydney NSW 2011 or contact Cecilia on 93320200.


Assessing Mental Health Problems in the Community - NEW

Researchers from the Centre for Mental Health Research at The Australian National University in Canberra are currently developing adaptive screening tools to effectively and efficiently assess mental health problems in the community.

They are inviting people with a lived experience of a mental health problem to participate in an online interview to provide input into the selection of items. Unlike traditional forms of scale development that only take into account the views of clinicians and researchers, the researchers are aiming to incorporate the perspectives of consumers as an additional expert group. By taking into account these important perspectives, it is anticipated that the scales will be a more robust way to assess mental health.

The survey takes between 30-60 minutes. The survey will close Friday 28 February 2014, or earlier if a sufficient number of surveys are completed.

In return for the completion of a survey, they are offering a $50 WISH gift card. People with lived experience of multiple mental health problems are welcome to complete multiple surveys.

For more information about the project visit the online survey below that is relevant to you:

Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Panic Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Psychosis / Schizophrenia

Social Phobia

Substance Use Disorder

Suicidal Behaviour

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact the project team via email on mhscreen@anu.edu.au

Healthy Thinking - NEW

The Black Dog Institute, in partnership with the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention, is trialling a world-first online suicide prevention program in a trial called ‘Healthy Thinking’.

The study of web-based interventions for suicide is a new and important field of research. By conducting this study, we hope to learn whether web-based self-help can help reduce suicidal thoughts.

Designed around evidence-based psychological theory, the 6 week program is designed to help participants manage the frequency and intensity of suicidal thoughts, as well as reducing levels of depression and anxiety. The program is anonymous, can be done around work or study schedules, and doesn’t require travel time or costs. The program is password-protected and accessible from any internet-enabled computer.

We are asking you to share information about this trial with anyone who might benefit .  

People who experience suicidal thoughts are often reluctant to disclose their thoughts or don’t seek help for various reasons. Any assistance you can provide to us in recruiting to the trial would be appreciated.

A patient handout can be printed out HERE

More information about the research can be obtained by contacting us on (02) 9382 9274 or email d.solomon@blackdog.org.au.

Many thanks for your support

Improving how health services respond following a suicide attempt   -  NEW

We are looking for people who’ve had a suicide attempt or who care for someone who has had a suicide attempt. We invite these individuals to take part in a research project examining people’s experience of health services following a suicide attempt.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for individuals who:

Are aged 18 or over
Live in Australia
Are proficient in reading and writing English
Either have made an attempt to take their own life or care for someone who has made an attempt to take their own life.

What will we ask them to do?

We’ll invite them to complete an online survey or take part in an interview with a qualified researcher. Those who wish to take part in both the online survey and the interview are welcome to do so. We will ask them questions about their own or their loved one’s suicide attempt, their experience of health services following the attempt, and their thoughts about how health services can be improved. Participants must not be currently at risk of suicide (i.e. must not currently have a plan to take their own life).

Individuals interested in participating in the interview can email caasa.blackdoginstitute@gmail.com. The interview will last anywhere between 60-90 minutes and participants will receive a $30 gift voucher for their time.

Participants who wish to complete the online survey can do so by visiting http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/public/research/participateinourresearch and then clicking on the ‘Care after a suicide attempt study’.

Should you have any questions in regards to the above study please contact Rebecca Ridani on (02) 9382 8501 or r.ridani@blackdog.org.au.


 

 Language and Psychosis  -  NEW

What is the research project about?

The aim of this research is to gain an understanding of the influence of language on people with lived experience of psychosis. In particular, I am looking at the language that gets used about people in different contexts, including therapeutic settings, and if this language leads to constraints on opportunities for recovery.

Who is doing the study?

My name is Andrew Moors. I am doing this research for a PhD in Nursing, supervised by Professor Jane Stein-Parbury in the UTS Faculty of Health. I have worked as a mental health nurse for seventeen years, and the research arises from my clinical work.

What does the study involve?

The research entails participation in two interviews, held a month apart, and each lasting between 30 to 60 minutes.

This research has been reviewed and approved by the Human Research Ethics Committees of UTS and Sydney Local Health District.

Who am I looking for?

I am seeking participants with lived experience of psychosis, with or without a diagnosis of schizophrenia, who would be comfortable telling their story, and then answering some questions about their experience.

Why participate?

This research is aimed at better understanding specific aspects of communication between people with lived experience of psychosis and others, including nurses, narrative therapists and other health professionals. I hope to contribute to the development of more effective therapeutic communications.

More information:

For further information about this study, please contact Andrew Moors at: Andrew.J.Moors@student.uts.edu.au

 


A New Approach to Bipolar Depression

Do you have bipolar disorder and are looking for something more than your usual treatment?

THE AIM
We would like to study the benefits of adding a combination of vitamins and other natural compounds to your usual treatment for bipolar depression.

THE REASON
It is believed that in bipolar depression there may be an abnormality in energy metabolism, resulting in interference with normal brain function.  There is evidence to suggest that this combination treatment may improve some of the symptoms of this illness.

PERSONS ELIGIBLE FOR THE TRIAL
Anyone who has bipolar disorder and is currently experiencing symptoms of depression.

KEY POINTS FOR PARTICIPANTS.
•         The trial will NOT involve any costs.
•         People will continue their usual treatment.
•         The treatment trial will last 3 months.
•         You will attend a final visit 4 weeks after the treatment trial.
•         We will meet with you at least 7 times over the course of the trial.

THE RESEARCHERS
This trial is a joint venture between Barwon Health and the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.

CONTACT DETAILS.
Persons wishing to take part in the trial can obtain more information from the trial coordinator;
Phone: 9462 9902   or
Email: nacstudy@cadeclinic.com

www.cadeclinic.com

 


Neurocognitive Markers of Affective and Psychotic Disorders - Volunteers Needed!

What is the research project about?

Researchers within the School of Psychiatry and affiliated organisations are conducting investigations into the development of Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder. Through this research we hope to learn about the genetic contributions to brain disturbances which may be shared by sufferers of these conditions. The study will involve the integration of genetic, hormonal, cognitive and brain imaging data obtained from individuals diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Schizoaffective Disorder in comparison with individuals with no history of mental illness.

What does the study involve?

The research entails participation in two individual testing sessions, for 2 - 5 hours each. During these sessions, participants will be asked to complete questionnaires and tasks on a computer, as well as donate blood for genetic analysis, provide a saliva sample and undergo a functional brain scan.

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking volunteers to participate in this research who:

1. Are between 18 - 60 years

2. Have a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective disorder, or have no previous history of psychiatric illness 

3. Are proficient in English.

Why participate?

You will be contributing to the current
understanding of the factors involved in the development of Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder. This knowledge has the potential to improve the early detection of these disorders and increase the efficacy of their treatment.

As the length of the testing sessions may vary from person to person, participants will be
reimbursed from $40-$70 for their time, transport and parking costs.

Who can I contact for further information?

For enquiries, please contact;
Nikki O’Reilly on (02) 8382 1436, nicole.oreilly@unsw.edu.au

Jesseca Rowland on (02) 8382 1423, j.rowland@unsw.edu.au
Dr Melissa Green on (02) 8382 1584, melissa.green@unsw.edu.au


CBM + The Sadness Program (for 18-65 year olds)

Depression is a widespread and disabling mental disorder. People with depression experience weeks of sadness, loss of interest, low energy, inability to concentrate, and feelings of worthlessness. The good news is that depression is treatable!

The Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression (CRUfAD)’s VirtualClinic is currently recruiting Australia-wide for the Sadness + CBM Program to treat depression:

CBM + the Sadness Program (for 18-65 year olds).

CBM is a new computerised intervention that aims to modify negative thinking styles that can impact upon how one feels. Currently we are recruiting individuals experiencing depression to participate in a new trial of a CBM procedure in combination with our Sadness program. This is a 10 week free program involving CBM training and 6 lessons, delivered via computer.

The Program will be starting in early 2013.

For more information about this program please visit us at

https://www.virtualclinic.org.au/index.php/our-programs/depression-cbm

This study has been approved by St Vincent’s Hospital HREC. Any person with concerns or complaints about the conduct of this study should contact the Research Office on 02 8382 2075 and quote HREC/12/SVH/326


Your help is needed to improve understanding of how schizophrenia and related disorders develop

Many people experience a combination of psychotic and mood symptoms that change over time, and often do not fit neatly into the diagnostic categories of ‘schizophrenia’ or ‘bipolar disorder’. Regardless of diagnosis, common treatments for psychotic and mood symptoms do not currently address shared cognitive deficits associated with these conditions.

New evidence has suggested that shared genetic vulnerability among schizophrenia and bipolar disorders may be associated with shared cognitive deficits in working memory, attention and emotion regulation. We plan to find out which common genetic markers contribute to shared cognitive deficits among psychotic and mood disorders, irrespective of the actual diagnostic category.

This five-year study, funded by the NHRMC, requires 300 people in total to volunteer their time and efforts to make the study a success. Participants are asked to complete a series questionnaires and tasks on a computer, as well as donate blood for genetic analyses, provide salvia samples in relation to stress-responses, and undergo a functional brain scan.

Participants will be contributing to the current understanding of the factors involved in the development of psychotic and mood disorders. This knowledge has the potential to increase the choice and efficacy of treatments according to individual symptom, cognitive, and genetic profiles.

We are seeking volunteers who

● Have a diagnosis of either bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder
● Are aged between 18-60 years old
● Are proficient in English

Participation is divided over two days (approximately seven hours in total). Participants are reimbursed up to $70.

Appointment flexibility is also available.

For more information please contact:

● Nicholas Vella on (02) 8382 1436 ( n.vella@unsw.edu.au ) or
● Dr. Melissa Green on (02) 8382 1584 ( melissa.green@unsw.edu.au )

Or visit:

http://research.unsw.edu.au/projects/imaging-genetics-schizophrenia-and-bipolar-disorder-adjudicatingneurocognitive-endophenoty


 

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