While many of you have been enjoying BBQs and your day off work for Australia Day, I’ve been busy putting the final touches on this blog. And I’m happy (well, quite nervous actually) to say that I think its ready to go live ….
So, welcome to Occupation for Mental and Psychosocial Health (O4MPH)! Please browse the selection of posts we already have available, and please consider contributing yourself – this blog will only be as good as its contributors and I know there’s a ton of amazing work going on out there that you could tell us about. Remember to sign up for email reminders so you get to hear about our latest posts as soon as they drop.
Here’s to some though provoking, really useful, boat rocking debate and discussion about the wonderful world of mental health occupational therapy.
In this project supported by beyondblue, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people post their personal stories of depression and anxiety. Sixteen radio stations across the nation produce and broadcast these stories, and they are also collected on this website.
The stories are around three minutes long, and include both male and female perspectives. The first part of each story describes how the person experienced their symptoms, while the second part describes which supports they accessed and actions they took to recovery. An initial evaluation has found the project has elicited extremely positive responses from the community, and that the aural format of the stories is particularly engaging for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. Read more about the evaluation here
Many stories mention the functional issues associated with depression and anxiety (i.e. difficulties caring for a baby, social isolation), but they are not the focus of the narratives. These stories are very personal and powerful, and provide a client centred, culturally appropriate resource for anyone working with Indigenous people.
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This month has seen the publication of interesting contributions around the nature of function, dementia care and asylum seekers and working with people experiencing schizophrenia. Click on the articles title to see the full abstract.
Micheal, L. (2016). “So can she cook?” The activity process beyond a narrative of function. International Journal of Mental Health, 45(5), 236-240.
Shimada, T., Nishi, A., Yoshida, T., Tanaka, S., & Kobayashi, M. (2016). Development of an individualised occupational therapy programme and its effects on the neurocognition, symptoms and social functioning of patients with schizophrenia. Occupational Therapy International, 23(4), 425-435.
Streater, A., Spector, A., Aguirre, E., & Orrell, M. (2016). Cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) for people with dementia in practice: An observational study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79(12), 762 – 767.
If you review these articles, consider doing a critical review for your fellow readers of this blog!!