Research

More go straight from psychiatric hospital into homelessness

When Sonia and Linda Berton picked up their sister Katherine* from the psychiatric hospital and moved her into a hotel room in Melbourne’s north, they tried to make it safe. They checked the room for hanging points. [...]

Indigenous youth suicide at crisis point

Experts say more needs to be done after five Aboriginal youth suicides and a sixth in hospital after a suspected suicide attempt in first weeks of the new year. Communities and families are mourning the loss [...]

What is OCD? A psychologist answered all of our questions about this misunderstood disorder

Nearly everyone has heard about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), but not many people truly understand this mental health condition. OCD is perhaps the most-joked-about mental illness in pop culture—Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest, frantically cleansing her skin every [...]

How Can Marriage Be Good for Mental Health?

Studies show that those in long-term marriages tend to view one another more positively over time. “Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?” Funny as this old joke is, research [...]

Should You Schedule Your Anxiety?

I am a worrier. I fret over little things, like my never-ending to-do list, and over big things, like whether global warming will render the earth uninhabitable for my grandchildren. I worry at night before bed. [...]

10 Keys to a Healthier Lifestyle in 2019

A little more sleep and exercise with a little more fruits and vegetables is a very good start to better health. A new year brings new promise. It brings hope and, inevitably, a desire to better [...]

8 Simple Steps To Improve Your Mental Health

There are plenty of constructive ways to get your head straight in 2019, here are some of the best. With one in four suffering a mental health problem in their lifetime, here are eight tips you [...]

Importance of an infant mental health approach to sleep

It’s the age-old question for every sleep deprived parent: what is the best way to get your baby settled and off to sleep? From controlled crying, co-sleeping, self-settling to “no crying” sleep strategies, there is a [...]

Inside Facebook’s suicide algorithm: Here’s how the company uses artificial intelligence to predict your mental state from your posts

In March 2017, Facebook launched an ambitious project to prevent suicide with artificial intelligence. Following a string of suicides that were live-streamed on the platform, the effort to use an algorithm to detect signs of potential [...]

5 wellness apps to help you cultivate positive mental health

Our busy schedules don’t always allow us to drop into a much-needed gym or therapy session. but that’s no excuse to make your personal wellness any less of a priority. Luckily, there’s an app for almost everything, [...]