Fact sheets - Mental Health
Speech Pathology Australia has published a fact sheet and infographic on mental health: Speech Pathology in Mental Health fact sheet (and Infographic).
The UK-equivalent to Speech Pathology Australia, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, has published the following fact sheets that complement the one published by Speech Pathology Australia:
Fact sheets - Adversity and Trauma
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists has published the following fact sheets and resources on adversity and trauma:
The US-equivalent of Speech Pathology Australia, the American Speech-language-Hearing Association, has the following articles available:
Podcast episodes – Mental Health
Below are episodes relating to mental health that have been recorded for the Speech Pathology Australia podcast, Speak Up. Subscribe to the podcast for future episodes.
S02 Episode 6: Kids behaving badly: The link between behaviour and language - Dr Karen James
S01 Episode 12: Child and youth mental health - Ms Chantele Edlington
S01 Episode 16: Adolescent and adult inpatient mental health - Ms Gemma White and Ms Kelly Jones
S02 Episode 10: Managing COVID-19 related stress - Dr Claire Mayers
S02 Episode 14: Restrictive practices: What are they and why do speech pathologists need to know - Ms Breanne Hetherington and Ms Jo Wilkinson
S02 Episode 19: Speech pathology in older adult mental health - Ms Melanie Breese
S03 Episode 35: Supporting the mental health needs of people with aphasia - Dr Caroline Baker
S04 Episode 19: A journey into paediatric feeding, infant mental health and responsive feeding therapy - Ms Carly Vaness and Ms Kate Broderick
S05 Episode 02: It’s All Around Us: Working with Mental Health Needs in Speech Pathology - Kerry Holland and Jessica Carpenter
S05 Episode 07: Mental health and trauma: Every Speech Pathologists Business - Kizzy Searle
Podcast episodes – Trauma
Below are episodes relating to trauma that have been recorded for the Speech Pathology Australia podcast, Speak Up. Subscribe to the podcast for future episodes.
Episode: Complex trauma and communication: The speech pathology role - Kate Headley
S03 Episode 2: Working with young people who have experienced trauma – Kate Headley
Episode: A podcast from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - ASHA Voices: In the Schools, an SLP Responds to Trauma
S04 Episode 28: Considering Adverse Childhood Experiences in Paediatric Speech Pathology - Sarah Verdon
S04 Episode 29: Screening for Unmet Needs in Paediatric Speech Pathology - Anna Kearns and Lauren Hamill
Resources for mental health clinicians
There are a number of resources available for mental health clinicians. (Speech pathologists looking for professional development in this area should visit these page: Mental Health and/or Trauma).
Speech, language and communication needs in youth mental health
This clinical practice resource is to help mental health clinicians become more communication aware in your practice, find further resources and points of referral, and share up-to-date clinical information at your setting about speech, language and communication needs.
Reference guide: how to support young people with speech, language and communication needs
The reference guide provides strategies and tips that mental health clinicians can use to support young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) to navigate mental health settings.
Mind Your Words is a free online course, from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, designed to support those working with children and young people with mental health needs.
Three webinars, each presented by Association members with extensive experience working in child and youth mental health services:
- Communication expectations across different settings
Presented by speech pathologists, Mary Fleming and Suzanne Lim, this webinar is suitable for anyone working with adolescents and young people in education, employment and support service settings (e.g. housing, health, drug and alcohol, mental health, or peer support).
The presenters introduce a visual metaphor to explore how communication expectations change according to the setting in which a young person participates. They examine the fictional experience of a young woman with seemingly reasonable everyday communication skills, who struggles in her post-secondary studies, part-time work and job seeking.
View additional resources related to this webinar (There are associated handouts associated with this webinar – available on the Orygen website.)
- Understanding speech, language and communication needs in mental health
Presented by speech pathologists, Frances Saunders and Liz Morkham, this webinar is for professionals providing mental health care for adolescents and young people.
Viewers will develop an understanding of common speech, language and communication difficulties in young people attending youth mental health services. The webinar will present an overview of how to recognise speech, language and communication needs, and the impact of these needs on individuals and mental health interventions.
- Strategies for working with young people with additional speech, language and communication needs
Presented by speech pathologists, Chantele Edlington and Laura Caire, this webinar will help mental health clinicians to feel more confident and equipped to work with clients presenting with speech, language and communication needs. The webinar focusses on utilisation and implementation of strategies, particularly visual aids, to increase efficacy of clinical work and clients’ engagement in therapy.
Other useful materials
Emerging Minds has developed a number of resources for a range of audiences including clinicians, parents/carers and educators:
Beyond Blue has developed a couple of mental health coaching programs that run over 6 sessions, are FREE and don't require a GP referral.
- If you're an individual who would like to improve your ability to manage everyday life stresses such as work, study, relationships, health or loneliness, please see: NewAccess – mental health coaching
- If you're a small business owner and keen to develop your skills around managing stress and overwhelm using straightforward problem-solving approaches, please see: NewAccess for Small Business Owners
Please note SPA does not recommend or endorse any specific non-SPA course so it will be important for you to assess whether they are likely to offer quality training and meet your unique learning needs.