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Instagram ruins self-confidence and mental health in teenagers, study finds

Instagram ruins self-confidence and mental health in teenagers, study finds

Many artists use Instagram to promote their work and even book sessions. However, there are probably even more teenagers who use this social network for presenting themselves – the fake version of themselves. Anti-bullying organization Ditch [...]

How spanking affects later relationships

How spanking affects later relationships

  There is clear evidence that it’s best to show children relationship skills that never escalate to physical harm. Spanking looks to be instantly effective. If a child is misbehaving—if he keeps swearing, or playing with [...]

How can we counter the ‘loneliness epidemic’ affecting health?

How can we counter the ‘loneliness epidemic’ affecting health?

The potentially harmful effects of loneliness and social isolation on health and longevity, especially among older adults, are well established. For example, in 2013 I reported on research finding that loneliness can raise levels of stress [...]

Which foods are best for mental well-being? It depends on your age

Which foods are best for mental well-being? It depends on your age

Meat, fruits, and vegetables – studies have suggested that these foods have the potential to boost mood and mental health. But which are best? Well, according to new research, the effects of specific foods on psychological [...]

How to reduce Christmas stress

How to reduce Christmas stress

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but also a time when stress levels soar. We have put together some top tips to stop stress in its tracks and make the season of goodwill more [...]

Conscientious Extroverts are less at risk of Depression and Anxiety, claims study

Conscientious Extroverts are less at risk of Depression and Anxiety, claims study

Individuals who are both highly extroverted and conscientious may be protected against depression and anxiety, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Buffalo have found that examining unique combinations of personality traits could help [...]

‘The way we respond to rural suicide is not working’: Centre for Remote and Rural Mental Health

‘The way we respond to rural suicide is not working’: Centre for Remote and Rural Mental Health

THE way we think about and respond to suicide is not working in regional and remote Australia, with a new report showing rural suicide rates are more than 50 per cent higher than in the capital [...]

Why lies about Santa are good for your child’s mental health, according to a psychologist

Why lies about Santa are good for your child’s mental health, according to a psychologist

  Christmas is a magical time of year, especially for children. Unfortunately, between elaborate Elf on the Shelf staging and fending off questions about Santa, parents are often left wondering how much of the magic depends [...]

Young Australians worry most about mental health, Mission Australia survey finds

Young Australians worry most about mental health, Mission Australia survey finds

  MENTAL health is the major worry for one in three young Australians, with the number of people concerned about it doubling in the last two years. That’s according to Mission Australia’s latest Youth Survey which [...]

Mental health plan helps rural areas says Senator

Mental health plan helps rural areas says Senator

A comprehensive health plan to establishes a framework for the health needs of western Queensland will go a long way towards improving the wellbeing of those communities, says LNP Senator Ian Macdonald. Senator Macdonald said the [...]