Expert Insights by the Black Dog Institute is a series of podcasts each tackling an important mental health topic and providing insight and expert knowledge from and for health professionals.
Black Dog Institute is a global pioneer in the identification, prevention and treatment of mental illness and the promotion of well-being. Our unique approach incorporates clinical services with research, education and the voice of lived experience to reduce the incidence of mental illness and suicide, remove stigma and improve lives.
Expert Insights for Health Professionals - What are the effects of the climate crisis on mental health?
In this episode, Black Dog Institute researcher Dr Chloe Watfern, will share her findings about the links between climatic change and climate distress, with research informed by her personal responses to climate crises. She will also be joined by Dr Charles Le Feuvre and a lived experience representative who will discuss the impact of climate change on individual and community wellbeing; collective, creative, and meaning-focused approaches to coping with climate distress and how clinicians, communities, and others can effectively support those experiencing climate distress.
Dr Chloe Watfern – Post Doctorate Fellow, Black Dog Institute.
Dr Charles Le Feuvre – Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, Psychology for Safe Climate.
Karla – Lived experience representative.
Dr Sarah Barker -Clinical Psychologist and facilitator with the Black Dog Institute
Expert Insights for Health Professionals - Intergenerational Sharing of Culture for Improved Social and Emotional Wellbeing
To celebrate the 2023 NAIDOC Week theme, ‘For Our Elders’, this Expert Insights episode will look at the vital role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders play, and have played for generations, in guiding communities and families through everyday life right through to broader national advocacy and activism across a plethora of sectors. It will explore the role Elders have in sharing culture and cultural knowledge and the positive influence of this on community, family and individual social and emotional wellbeing. Join our panel discussion to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' history, cultures, strengths, and accomplishments in the lead up to the NAIDOC Week celebrations.
Researcher – Clinical Psychology PhD Candidate (Black Dog Institute & UNSW) and Dalai Lama Peace Fellow, Maddison O’Gradey-Lee
Clinician - Peer Support Worker for Cape and Torres Hospital and Health Service, Anthony GeaGea
Elder and Lived Experience Representative – Uncle Joe MillerModerator – Dr Sarah Barker, Clinical Psychologist
Expert Insights for Health Professionals - Teachers' Mental Health and Wellbeing: A Profession in Crisis?
In this Expert Insights session, we share recent research findings about the concerning rates of mental health concerns and burnout in Australian teachers as well as considerations for improving teacher mental health and well-being and teacher attrition.
Teachers' mental health and teacher burnout have long been concerns, and these have been significantly exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has placed further pressure on teachers, with serious consequences for their well-being. Consequently, we are now seeing a significant increase nationally in the number of teachers leaving, or considering leaving this vital profession. Join us for a conversation exploring the factors leading to poor mental health and burnout in teachers as well as effective, practical strategies for preventing and managing burnout in educators in the face of growing workload and role expectations within the increasingly complex and dynamic nature of schools.
Panellists: Scientia Associate Professor Aliza Werner-Seidler, NHMRC Emerging Leader Fellow and Clinical Psychologist, Black Dog Institute
Morgana Walker, Director and Psychologist from Morgana Walker and Associates and Bee Kind Psychology
Liz, Lived Experience Representative
Moderator, Dr Sarah Barker, Clinical Psychologist and Facilitator with the Black Dog Institute
Expert Insights for Health Professionals: Impacts of The Voice to Parliament on First Nations Peoples
This Expert Insights session will focus on the social and emotional wellbeing of First Nations Peoples as a result of discussions surrounding The Voice to Parliament.
Discussions and media about The Voice to Parliament are a regular phenomenon in the lead-up to the referendum later this year. What is the effect of these conversations and reports on the social and emotional well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people? This Expert Insights panel considers this question, exploring what practitioners can do to increase their awareness of issues and distress that dialogue, discourse, and debate about The Voice to Parliament may give rise to in Indigenous peoples as well as to ways to tune into the various ways that these responses may present. Join us to hear about some of the considerations we can open our minds and hearts to in conversations about The Voice to Parliament with First Nations peoples.
Dr Clinton Schultz: Gamilaroi man and Director of First Nations Strategy and Partnerships at Black Dog Institute
Dr Shannon Springer: Associate Professor, First Peoples Health Stream, School of Medicine, Griffith University), our clinician.
Michelle: Lived experience representative.
Dr Sarah Barker: Clinical Psychologist and facilitator with the Black Dog Institute
Expert Insights for Health Professionals: Reconceptualising approaches to men’s mental health and suicidality.
This Expert Insights session will focus on men's mental health and the rise in international male suicide rates.
Dr Zac Seidler will share his research on men's mental health which has looked at shifting how we understand, approach, respond to, and treat men's distress by creating mental health services and therapeutic approaches that specifically take masculinity into account. Our conversation will explore the perspective and insights from the voice of lived experience as well as of those of a clinician who works closely with men. Join us for a conversation about ways to better understand and respond to men's distress so that together we can enhance mental health in men.
Panellists:Zac Seidler: Senior Research Fellow at Orygen - University of Melbourne, Director of Mental Health Training at Movember, Honorary Research Fellow at Black Dog Institute, Clinical Psychologist.
Anna Ricciardello: PsychologistChris: Lived Experience Representative
ModeratorDr Sarah Barker: Clinical Psychologist
Burnout Prevention and Interventions- Expert Insights for Health Professionals
This Expert Insights podcast explores how health professionals can prevent burnout as well as useful tips for coping with ever-increasing workplace demands. The podcast also discusses practical interventions for managing burnout amongst health professionals.