Mental Health Community Seminar: Knitting, Tatting and Nervous Breakdowns: a lived-experience discussion

Nov 21 2022

On Monday 21st November, the HMRI Healthy Minds Research Program hosted a public community seminar on mental health featuring special guest Alison Bryson.


In September 2010, Alison Bryson experienced a mental health crisis.

She went from being a capable person in full-time employment, managing a team of Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the south-east of England, to someone who couldn’t manage simple everyday tasks and had to be cared for by her husband and family. She didn’t know if she would recover. If she did, she thought she would have to be looked after for the rest of her life.

In this HMRI community seminar, Alison shared her lived experience of recovering from this crisis. She told her story of the people and experiences that helped her to lead an independent life again.

 

Healthy Minds Resources:

  • Lifeline Australia  |  24/7 Crisis Support

 

  • Beyond Blue  |  Information on anxiety, depression, suicide prevention and support services. Immediate Support 24/7
 
  • Black Dog Institute  |  Research-informed mental health resources and support tools. Resources on anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, suicide and wellbeing

 

 

  • The University of Newcastle Psychology Clinic  |  Visit Website 
    • The Psychology Clinic provides both a service to the community and a training facility for the postgraduate students within the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Newcastle.

      The Clinic offers assessments and a range of programs using specific psychological interventions targeted at particular client groups.

      The programs are carried out by staff and postgraduate students who are closely supervised. Students are training for their Master of Clinical Psychology degree.

      All students hold either provisional registration or full registration as psychologists with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. All students are closely supervised by experienced clinical psychologists.
      Callaghan Psychology Clinic

      P: (02) 4921 5075
      E: psychology-clinic@newcastle.edu.au

      Ourimbah Clinic

      P: (02) 4348 4700
      E: psychology-clinic@newcastle.edu.au

 

This seminar featured:

Alison Bryson | Mental health lived-experience presenter and author

In September 2010, Alison Bryson experienced a mental health crisis. She went from being a capable person in full-time employment, to someone who couldn’t manage simple everyday tasks and had to be cared for. She didn’t know if she would recover, and if she did, she thought she would have to be looked after for the rest of her life.

Alison joins us to generously share her own lived-experience of suffering and recovering from this crisis, and what she has learned about anxiety and depression; a journey that she has published in her book Knitting, Tatting and Nervous Breakdown.

 

Dr Dara Sampson | Deputy Director of HMRI Healthy Minds Research Program

Dara Sampson has worked extensively with people who are marginalised and socially excluded throughout her 30-year career as a social worker in direct practice, teaching and research.

At the University of Newcastle, Dara works within Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin‘s Innovation Technology Translation lab team researching co-occurring mental health and alcohol and/or other drug use with the aim of developing high quality, accessible ehealth interventions.

Dara is passionate about the importance of people’s stories, and how language can extend or challenge social constructions around mental health and stigma.

 

Professor Brian Kelly | Pro Vice Chancellor Research & Innovation

Professor Brian Kelly is a University of Newcastle research leader and psychiatrist whose goal is to find solutions to the challenges communities face, with the aim of improving the links between health care and mental health.

This is reflected through his work focusing on the mental health needs and experiences of people living rurally and remotely, and of people with serious physical illness. He is also passionate about reducing the stigma around mental health by listening to those with lived-experience of mental health, and the education and training of mental health professionals.

 

Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin | Institute Director & CEO of HMRI

Professor Kay-Lambkin is a registered psychologist and brings with her 25 years of experience as an HMRI researcher in mental health.

Her research program has been instrumental in demonstrating the transformative impact of digital technologies in bringing integrated treatments to the point of care for people with comorbidity.

Frances is passionate about working towards a future where everybody who has a worry about their health – or that of their family members or friends – has hope. Hope of a cure, hope that there is effective help available, and hope that they will be able to find that help when they need it most.