Local Experts Share Latest Research in Online Seminar

HMRI mental health community seminar – Taking Care of Yourself & Each Other.

Researchers from Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) and the University of Newcastle will hold a free online community seminar from 6-7pm on October 14 about taking care of ours and other’s mental health.

HMRI director, Professor Tom Walley, said the seminar will share what research is telling us about how families and friends are affected by people’s mental health, and why it is important for them to be able to give voice to their experiences.

The challenges we have faced this year have emphasised the importance of taking care of our own mental health and the wellbeing of friends and family during difficult times,” Professor Walley said.

This seminar will provide some insight into helpful resources to support loved ones of people who are living with mental health issues.”

This is HMRI’s final virtual community seminar for 2020.

To register visit www.hmri.org.au. The seminar will also be streamed on Facebook Live.


Dr Sally Fitzpatick is a developmental and clinical psychologist and conjoint senior lecturer at the University of Newcastle. Her focus is understanding the factors that contribute to mental health and wellbeing. She is Acting Program Manager for Newcastle-based mental ill-health and suicide prevention institute, Everymind.

Professor Michael Breakspear is a psychiatrist, neuroscientist, professor of systems neuroscience at the University of Newcastle, and group leader of HMRI’s systems neuroscience research group at HMRI. His work focuses on understanding major mental health illnesses including mood disorders, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

Dara Sampson is 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 recent projects include the Family and Friends’ Support Program for family and friends of those with drug addiction, and the Mark Hughes Foundation support program for friends and families of people with brain cancer.

Dr Milena Heinsch is an accredited social worker, and senior research fellow for the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Brain and Mental Health. She is a mental health researcher and implementation scientist. Her research projects have involved government and industry partners Beyond Blue, Mark Hughes Foundation and NSW Ministry of Health.