Special issue of Advances in Mental Health
Indigenous Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Abstracts – due: 1 April 2015
Deadline for Papers: 1st June 2015
Details at: http://amh.e-contentmanagement.com/archives/vol/14/issue/1/call/
Edited by Dr. Anton Isaacs (Monash University) and Prof. Pat Dudgeon (University of Western Australia)
This issue will focus on solutions rather than problems encountered by Indigenous people. It is widely accepted that Indigenous people face significant barriers in seeking help and accessing mental health and social and emotional wellbeing services. Suicide rates for Indigenous people are of grave concern, being twice that of other Australians. In addition, the pervasive nature of high psychological distress levels in the community has resulted in Indigenous suicide becoming a public health problem. At this moment in time the greatest need is to highlight service models, programs and strategies that have the potential to make a difference to the current landscape.
We are looking for research articles, case studies and reviews of such services and models for this issue with the aim of providing a foundation on which to develop result oriented, transferable and sustainable public health programs.
Preference will be given to co-authored papers between Indigenous and non Indigenous people, specifically addressing possible solutions rather than repeating the problem.
Abstracts – due: 1 April 2015 to the coordinating editor: Anton.Isaacs@monash.edu
Abstracts should clearly state:
What is already known about the topic?
What this paper adds?
Manuscript submissions – due 1 June 2015
Authors should follow guidelines available at: http://amh.e-contentmanagement.com/page/87/submit-papers
Dr. Anton Isaacs (Coordinating Guest Editor) is a public health physician with expertise in designing and implementing mental health services for rural and underserved communities both in Australia and overseas. In India, he set up Maanasi, a rural mental health service which has been integrated into primary health care services with over 1500 registered clients. In Australia, Dr. Isaacs developed the Koori Men’s Health Day which is an innovative model of early detection of mental health problems among Aboriginal men. This model has been adopted by the Aboriginal community in Gippsland, Victoria. Dr. Isaacs is currently evaluating the Victorian Aboriginal Youth Suicide prevention program.
Professor Pat Dudgeon (Guest Editor) is from the Bardi people of the Kimberley in Western Australia. She is a research fellow at the School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia. Her roles include Chief Investigator in an ARC (Indigenous Discovery) grant, Cultural Continuity and Change: Indigenous Solutions to Mental Health Issues and lead of the National Empowerment Project that works with 11 sites across the country developing communities’ social emotional wellbeing as programs in response to suicide prevention. She is the lead editor of the second edition of Working Together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principals and Practice. She serves on many committees, councils and boards. She is a Commissioner, on the National Mental Health Commission, the chair of the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Suicide Prevention Advisory Group and a steering committee and founding chair of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist Association (AIPA).