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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 [...]

Push for better mental health care for seniors

Push for better mental health care for seniors

The Mental Health Commission of NSW has launched two new resources to work towards better mental health outcomes for older people. The documents, Living Well in Later Life: The case for change and a Statement of [...]

Drug And Alcohol Abuse In The Legal Profession

Drug And Alcohol Abuse In The Legal Profession

Center for Network Therapy’s Medical Director and Addiction Expert Dr. Indra Cidambi Spells Out Why Lawyers Are at Increased Risk for Addiction The presence of employees with substance use disorders in the workplace is a serious [...]

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 [...]