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Selected mental health video compilation for health professionals & students

This blog is a compilation of a ‘google’ mental health brains trust… a selection of mental health videos for improving the  understanding of mental health for health professions and students. There is no particular order or pattern, purely selected as an overview or starting point for people interested in learning more about mental health generally. It is offered as an introduction to an important topic of interest to people all over the world, to assist in reducing stigma and increasing general understanding of mental health issues.

Video one: A global perspective:

Vikram Patel  – TED TALK

  • Mental illness is a global health problem.
  • Suicide is the leading cause of death fro young people globally.
  • mental illness accounts for 15% of global burden of disease.
  • WHO reports 400-500 million people affected by mental health problems.
  • Despite good and robust treatments (eg pharmacological, social and psychological) a treatment gap is 50-90% of affected people.
  • Global shortage of mental health professionals.

Video two: A lived experience of psychosis

Elyn Saks  – TED TALK

  • A legal scholar shares her experiences of Schizophrenia.
  • a great definition of schizophrenia
  • excellent description of the components that make up an experience of schizophrenia.
  • people first – never describe a person as a ‘schizophrenic’ – rather a ‘person with schizophrenia’.

Video three: The lived experience of depression

 JD Schramm – TED TALK

  • a very short report on the experience of attempting suicide and then choosing to live.
  • deciding to live can be a struggle and people need and want support and resources to help through this time.

Video four: Police dealing with suicide attempts 

Kevin Briggs -TED TALK

  • Challenge – what would you do if someone you knew was considering suicide?
  • What happens when you open Pandora’s box and you discover hope is missing.
  • Be ready to listen?
  • If you think someone is suicidal? Don’t be afraid to ask directly.
  • Signs of suicidal thinking and planning.

Video five: Autism – the extra-ordinary

Faith Jegede

  • the lived experience of siblings with autism

Video six Psychosis animation


  • an account of the the experience of psychosis presented as an animation.

Video seven: a nursing student placement experience

Birmingham City University

  • what to expect on a mental health nursing student placement.

Video eight: community mental health nursing

Western Trust 

  • description of the role of community mental health nurse.

Video nine: Mental health. A person centred approach

Cambridge University Press

  • a text book for mental health professions students

Video ten: 1/100th of me – Craig


  • challenging stigma

Video eleven: 1/100th of me – Katrina


  • challenging stigma  – young people.

Video twelve: 1/100th of me -Amy


  • challenging stigma – young rural person.

Video thirteen: Mental Health in Australia

2012 report card

  • Professor Alan Fells
  • Professor Patrick McGorry
  • Barbara Hocking

Video fourteen: Youth mental health


  • an explanation of the headspace model for youth mental health in Australia

Video fifteen: Youth suicide risk assessment

Uni SA – Professor Nicholas Proctor

  • An excellent example of assessing a young person following panadol overdose

Video sixteen: Typical neuroleptics


  • This post is for mental health nurses -especially those in developing countries where first generation anti psychotics medications are commonly used. A youtube lecture about haloperidol administration

Video seventeen: Sucide risk assessment: young man

A suicide risk assessment interview with a young man within hours of trying to end his life

… the list will go on! feel free to send me any tips on other great mental health videos to add to the compilation!

Top 5 reasons I’ll follow you on Twitter

Top 5 reasons I’ll follow you on Twitter.

Check out this blog ^ by Research Whisper … Twitter is a fantastic resource – but yes, you have to invest something of yourself into it to make it work…

The only point of difference for me is I am perhaps a bit more flexible with my following decisions. I am happy to follow back novice twitter nurses in particular, to assist with introducing them to nursing colleagues in the Twittersphere. Just like IRL (in real life), networking relies on investing some relationship and by gaining introductions to key stakeholders. My followship is substantial enough to enable me to ‘play nice’ enough to give others a hand along the way. So – if you appear authentic after I run my checks, and you are interested in conversations about #nursing #mentalhealth #ruralhealth #Indigneoushealth #wellbeing #research #academic #HDR … and your not trying to flog me your latest commercial book or product, or your not trying to sell me (or my followers) something – I will probably follow up back! What I will be very interested in is sharing knowledge, transferring health knowledge to real people and situations – so I will always be keen to promote scholarship (peer reviewed) whether it is mine or others. Why? Because I think it is critical to get new ideas out in the public domain – so ideas about improving the world get out where they matter… accessible to the general public and part of the conversation…

Let’s tweet!

Experiences of families who help young rural men with emergent mental health problems in a rural community in New South Wales, Australia.

writing course – structuring the Results/Discussion Section

If your trying to write… there are soem great tips on this blog link below… writing at an academic level – and especially for publication doesn’t come easy. It is a craft that needs to be carefully honed and fine tuned…. Reading others tips about ‘how to’ is always a useful part of the learning and fine tuning process…

Nurses (traditionally) have not been keen academic writers – but that is slowly changing. We need to publish (at a high level) what it is we do, how we do it, and our evidence to support the way we do things… I challenge nurses everywhere to give it a go… write when you can. Share your knowledge… please!


writing course – structuring the Results/Discussion Section.

Visiting mental health professional in rural communities: What happens when they go back home?

A poster presentation:

Wilson, R. L., & Usher, K. (2014). Mental health professional visitors in rural communities: What happens when they go back home? Paper presented at the ACMHN 40th International Mental Health Nurses Conference, Soffitel Melbourne.

ACMHN Rural MH visitors poster 2014 Wilson & Usher (1)

Less use of ambos in the bush… why?

A colleague paramedic ( Buck Reed ) has just published a paper about rural people and use of the ambulance…. his research showed that rural people are less likely than urban people to call the ambulance… there is a disparity between urban and rural… why might that be? stoic? cost? rural people help other rural people in need more readily? rural people don’t know when it is appropriate to use the ambulance? stigma?…. I am wondering why there is a gap!!!! Thanks Buck for the heads up on the gap…. and for helping us understand rural health needs better!

Here’s his paper: