Free Mental Health Webcast Launched by Richmond Fellowship Western Australia

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Important information from 2012 Asia Pacific Conference on Mental Health now available globally.

Keynote presentations from the recent 2012 Asia Pacific Conference in Mental Health held in Perth Australia are now available to a global audience via a free webcast series (http://www.rfwa.org.au/vidstream) developed and presented by progressive mental health organisation, Richmond Fellowship Western Australia (http://www.rfwa.org.au).

Some of the world’s most respected, outspoken and influential experts in mental health participated in the event with a goal to challenge the way we currently think about mental health.

Mr Joe Calleja, RFWA Chief Executive Officer, said the conference was not only a resounding success that attracted over 700 delegates, it also provided great insight into the future of mental health. The RFWA felt an obligation to capture and circulate such valuable material as widely as possible.

“As an advocate of the Recovery, RFWA holds a strong belief that people Can and Do Recovery from mental ill health. We are, therefore, thrilled by the conference outcomes and the work being done globally to improve perceptions and provide better opportunities for people experiencing mental health concerns,” he said.

“The progressive nature of the conference and the caliber of leaders clearly emerging from the sector gives me great confidence that the industry is heading in the right direction.”

Amongst the more high profile international speakers participating in the conference and webcast include Dr Allen Francis of Emeritus, Professor of Psychiatry at Duke University (USA) and former Chair of DSM-4, and Director of Orygen Youth Health and director of headspace (the National Youth Mental Health Foundation of Australia), Headstrong (the National Youth Mental Health Foundation of Ireland), Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry.

Video recordings have been taken from event’s plenary presentations and synchronised with each speaker’s slideshow.

Webcasts currently available are of Steven J. Onken Ph.D. (Hawaii) on “Honouring the Voyage, Reaching the Destination: Mental Health Recovery in Wellbeing”, Mark Brown (UK) and respondents on “The Emerging Generation” and UK Government Advisor, Gregor Henderson, on “Why Wellbeing Matters to our Mental Health”.

Future releases include a Q&A Session on “Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System”, a symposium on “Diagnosis, Medication and Psychosocial Support”, Professor Richard Warner on “Employment and Empowerment”, Dr Helen Milroy on “Being Real in Relationships in Mental Health”, Professor Gail Hornstein on “Our Minds and Each Other”, and Rachel Perkins OBE on “Recovery: A Journey of Discovery for Individuals an Organisations”.

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