In 2019, Nurses and Midwives Support commissioned Dr Russell to develop a podcast and blog for those with a mental illness to help them stay well at work.
In 2009, Dr Russell and Margie Nunn delivered a program to assist people with a mental illness to design a ‘stay well plan’. They also delivered a series of workshops to introduce the concept of a ‘stay well plan’ to health professionals around Australia.
Dr Russell was commissioned to undertake a literature review on the prevalence of eating disorders. She also mapped services for those who experience an eating disorder.
In 2007, Dr Russell received a grant of $83,708 to compare young people’s experiences of mental health and youth alcohol and drug services.
Dr Russell used an action research methodology to implement and evaluate mental health interventions in sporting clubs. She collaborated with Heather Ladson to write about the importance of the local football/netball clubs in rural communities.
Dr Russell developed a CD: Staying well with a stay well plan.
Dr Russell explored the strategies people with a mental illness use to stay well. This research was published in academic and professional journals and later in a book. The article “Staying well with bipolar disorder” was deemed one of the ten best articles published in Australia and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry in 2005.