2020 has been a year like no other.
The challenges we have faced this year have not only emphasised the importance of taking care of ourselves and our own mental health, but also the wellbeing of our friends and family during difficult times.
HMRI's final virtual community seminar for 2020 - Mental Health: Taking Care of Yourself & Each Other, focuses on what we understand from research about how families and friends are affected and why it is important for them to be able to give voice to their experiences.
The seminar features presenters including:
Dr Sally Fitzpatick - a Developmental and Clinical Psychologist and Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. She is passionate about understanding the factors that contribute to mental health and wellbeing of Australians. She is currently Acting Program Manager for Everymind, a leading, Newcastle-based institute dedicated to the prevention of mental ill-health and suicide.
Professor Michael Breakspear - a Psychiatrist, Neuroscientist and Professor of Systems Neuroscience at the University of Newcastle and Group Leader of the Systems Neuroscience research group at HMRI.
His work focuses on understanding major mental health illnesses including mood disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Dara Sampson - an Academic Research Manager at the University of Newcastle's Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health and a PhD student. With a background in social work, her focus has been working across many projects including the Family and Friends' Support Program which supports the family and friends of those with drug addiction, and Mark Hughes Foundation, supporting friends and families of people with brain cancer.
Dr Milena Heinsch - an Accredited Social Worker, Senior Research Fellow for the University of Newcastle Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health. She is a mental health researcher and implementation scientist. Her research projects have involved partnerships with leading government and industry partners Beyond Blue, Mark Hughes Foundation and NSW Ministry of Health, to name a few.