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What needs to happen to build resilience and improve mental health among junior doctors

What needs to happen to build resilience and improve mental health among junior doctors

Doctors experience higher levels of suicide and mental distress than their non-medical peers. A review of studies in the area found male doctors had a 26% higher risk of suicide, while female doctors had a 146% [...]

Visualising anxiety: What does mental illness look like?

Visualising anxiety: What does mental illness look like?

Unlike physical illness, mental illness is largely invisible. This makes it hard for some people to comprehend that it is a reality for at least 20 per cent of Australians each year (with anxiety disorders the [...]

Mental health in Australia needs reform, not just more money: Ian Hickie

Mental health in Australia needs reform, not just more money: Ian Hickie

The mental health sector is plagued with ineffective programs that should lose funding, according to a leading expert. Ian Hickie, a commissioner on the National Mental Health Commission, said services suffered from poor co-ordination and did [...]

Remember, suicide is not a solution

Remember, suicide is not a solution

Depression is a mental disorder. At its worst, it can prove to be fatal. A study by the Government of India shows that one out of five Indians suffers from a mental disorder. Such an alarming [...]

Tony Brown says alcohol causes way more problems than ice

Tony Brown says alcohol causes way more problems than ice

The drug ice has been making a lot of headlines lately, but community advocate Tony Brown says alcohol is a far worse problem. “Ice represents only a very small percentage of total drug use (around 3 [...]

Why Sports Could Be The Key To Improved Mental Health.

Why Sports Could Be The Key To Improved Mental Health.

The topic of mental health is, thankfully, spoken of much more than ever before, but we still have a long way to go to get it in the public consciousness and to get absolutely everybody talking [...]

Chris Mackey: If you’re hurting reach out to others

Chris Mackey: If you’re hurting reach out to others

HOW can we reduce the incidence of suicide? This is an ever more pressing question — and not just for mental health professionals. Few of us would be untouched by suicide in our local communities and [...]

‘Ban all booze ads’: doctors call last drinks on brewers

‘Ban all booze ads’: doctors call last drinks on brewers

A wide-ranging ban on the marketing and advertising of alcohol must be placed at the top of measures needed to counter Australia’s binge-drinking culture and alcohol-related harm including crime, assaults and domestic violence, says the Australasian [...]

Lauren Novak: Protecting children from ice epidemic must be focus of government agencies

Lauren Novak: Protecting children from ice epidemic must be focus of government agencies

A TWO-year-old girl is admitted to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, unable to walk. Concerned doctors soon realise it’s because the toddler is high. Left unattended while her father and his mates smoked methamphetamine, or ice, [...]

Study: Depression more common among teenage smokers

Study: Depression more common among teenage smokers

Teen smokers are more prone to experience depression, according to a new scientific study published in the academic journal “Drug and Alcohol Dependence.” The research also suggests that the frequency of depression in teen smokers has [...]