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Mental Health Stigma Is A Silent Killer And Its Effect Is Catastrophic

Mental Health Stigma Is A Silent Killer And Its Effect Is Catastrophic

We’ve probably all heard the statistic that 1 in 4 people will experience mental health issues in their lifetime and while this is indeed a significant number, what does that mean in our everyday lives?  To [...]

Mental health experts weigh in on the same-sex marriage bill

Mental health experts weigh in on the same-sex marriage bill

The results of the $122 million non-binding postal survey are in – 61 per cent of Australians support a change to marriage laws that would allow equal rights to same-sex couples. But even with this resounding [...]

Stigma surrounding mental health treatment is misguided, and can be costly

Stigma surrounding mental health treatment is misguided, and can be costly

‘Stigma’ can often be a vague and misunderstood concept. Yet the existence of Halloween costumes portraying “mental patients” is a pretty concrete example of the stigma surrounding mental illness and its treatments. Following films like One [...]

How to break a cycle of negative thoughts

How to break a cycle of negative thoughts

We spend a lot of time thinking negatively. Nearly half our waking hours are spent thinking about something other than what we are doing – we ruminate on past disappointments, worry about the future, or recall [...]

Suicide prevention: we can’t leave prevention efforts to just gut feeling

Suicide prevention: we can’t leave prevention efforts to just gut feeling

As director of Australia’s largest suicide prevention trial, I approach late September each year with a rising sense of trepidation. This is when we receive the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, reporting on [...]

Anxiety and uncertainty in the age of the smartphone — and what we can do about it

Anxiety and uncertainty in the age of the smartphone — and what we can do about it

Our culture has changed immensely as a result of the smartphone. Photo: Smartphones might be affecting our ability to deal with uncertainty. (Pixabay.com)   We can get reassurance for every doubt just by texting our friends. [...]

Can a library close a prison?

Can a library close a prison?

Spending on prisoners is a touchy subject. In a climate where public funds are limited and every dollar stretched to the limit, better facilities for corrective services often fall to the bottom of public shopping list. [...]

Mental illness increases risk of youth homelessness. What can we do about it?

Mental illness increases risk of youth homelessness. What can we do about it?

  We know the journey into adulthood can be a bumpy ride, with many challenges to overcome. Some arise as a normal part of adolescence, such as the shifting reliance from family to friends, study stress, [...]

Lost in the world of liquor research

Lost in the world of liquor research

Philip White drills down to the detail of a popular new alcohol industry report on drinking habits and compares it with a much more scathing one from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Bacchus only knows [...]

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 [...]