Authors: Leonie Young, Samantha Chakraborty, Bonnie Vincent, Nicole Highet, David Clarke, and Suzanne Pope, VIC
Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference
Subject: EMERGING TECHNOLOGY,PROMOTION, PREVENTION, depression, anxiety, programs
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Depression, anxiety and related disorders continue to affect the lives of many people in Australia, with an estimated million people with depression and 2 million people with anxiety. beyondblue aims to respond to issues that address the personal and societal impacts of depression, prevent the occurrence of depression and improve the quality of life for people with the illness. Community awareness is fostered through the development of community awareness campaigns and evidence based resources; people with lived experiences of depression and their carers are central to beyondblue’s activities and programs; prevention and early intervention opportunities are explored and fostered; health professionals are supported by the development of evidence-based practice and training materials; and targeted research is directed and funded by a rigorous, priority-driven process. beyondblue has been instrumental in improving aspects of mental health and wellbeing, access to services in Australia, however numerous opportunities such as an increased focus on marginalised populations, electronic technology, collaborative partnerships and a focus on individual needs are available to improve mental health into the future.