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Painting a road to recovery: ‘Focus on our abilities, not our disabilities’, mental health patients say

Painting a road to recovery: ‘Focus on our abilities, not our disabilities’, mental health patients say

An artist-in-residence program in South Australia that has engaged four artists to work in mental inpatient units around the state is having a positive impact on the recovery of patients. The program supports mental health patients [...]

Culture change required to manage post-traumatic stress among police, emergency services

Culture change required to manage post-traumatic stress among police, emergency services

  Just as post-traumatic stress (PTS) exacts a costly toll on the military, it is taking a less-recognised toll on Australia’s police and emergency services. Normalising PTS within emergency services culture will go a long way [...]

Beware the digital zombie generation

Beware the digital zombie generation

As winter drags on, it is easy to become isolated and alone. With so much conflict in society, it is understandable if you want to retreat into yourself, maybe find shelter from all the threats of [...]

Brain discovery could lead to therapy for depression and PTSD

Brain discovery could lead to therapy for depression and PTSD

Australian scientists have made an “exciting” discovery about the human brain that they say could lead to new treatments for numerous mental health conditions such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. A study conducted by researchers [...]

UN expert accuses Turnbull government of using ‘punitive language’ in welfare debate

UN expert accuses Turnbull government of using ‘punitive language’ in welfare debate

A United Nations special rapporteur has criticised the Turnbull government’s approach to social protection policy, saying its framing of “welfare” appears designed to prejudice the debate against welfare recipients. Philip Alston also criticised the government’s prohibition [...]

Mental illness plagues young Indigenous people: report

Mental illness plagues young Indigenous people: report

Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are more likely to be affected by serious mental illnesses than other young people, new research has indicated. A joint report by Mission Australia and The Black Dog Institute [...]

Mental illness, suicide and violence creating a ‘lost generation’ in Middle East

Mental illness, suicide and violence creating a ‘lost generation’ in Middle East

Suicide, murder, and sexual assault are increasing faster in the Eastern Mediterranean than any other region in the world, according to a new study. These violent acts, as well as conflicts, accounted for more than 200,000 [...]

Mental illness need not be a death sentence, Allan Fels warns

Mental illness need not be a death sentence, Allan Fels warns

People with a serious mental illness are dying on average 14 to 23 years earlier than other Australians, prompting a push for a ­national focus on delivering longer, healthier, happier lives. National Mental Health Commission chairman [...]

Mental illness and cognitive disability the ‘norm’ among prisoners: report

Mental illness and cognitive disability the ‘norm’ among prisoners: report

Mental illness or cognitive impairment among the prison population is so high it should be “assumed as the norm” rather than the exception, a leading report has found, ramping up pressure on the state government to [...]

How reducing the number of stressful events in our lives could help beat dementia

How reducing the number of stressful events in our lives could help beat dementia

Stress is bad for our physical and mental health. It has been linked to several leading causes of death, including heart disease and mood disorders, such as depression. Now new research suggests that the actual number [...]