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Beware the digital zombie generation

Beware the digital zombie generation

As winter drags on, it is easy to become isolated and alone. With so much conflict in society, it is understandable if you want to retreat into yourself, maybe find shelter from all the threats of [...]

Brain discovery could lead to therapy for depression and PTSD

Brain discovery could lead to therapy for depression and PTSD

Australian scientists have made an “exciting” discovery about the human brain that they say could lead to new treatments for numerous mental health conditions such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. A study conducted by researchers [...]

Mental illness, suicide and violence creating a ‘lost generation’ in Middle East

Mental illness, suicide and violence creating a ‘lost generation’ in Middle East

Suicide, murder, and sexual assault are increasing faster in the Eastern Mediterranean than any other region in the world, according to a new study. These violent acts, as well as conflicts, accounted for more than 200,000 [...]

Mental illness and cognitive disability the ‘norm’ among prisoners: report

Mental illness and cognitive disability the ‘norm’ among prisoners: report

Mental illness or cognitive impairment among the prison population is so high it should be “assumed as the norm” rather than the exception, a leading report has found, ramping up pressure on the state government to [...]

How reducing the number of stressful events in our lives could help beat dementia

How reducing the number of stressful events in our lives could help beat dementia

Stress is bad for our physical and mental health. It has been linked to several leading causes of death, including heart disease and mood disorders, such as depression. Now new research suggests that the actual number [...]

5 people from around the world share what it’s like to have single-payer healthcare

5 people from around the world share what it’s like to have single-payer healthcare

Shutterstock/ChameleonsEye The United States is the only wealthy, industrialized country that lacks universal healthcare. Some proponents of the US model say this increases people’s level of choice, allowing citizens to pick the plan that is right for them. Advocates for [...]

Vets vulnerable to suicide as mental health ‘check-in’ delivers sobering results

Vets vulnerable to suicide as mental health ‘check-in’ delivers sobering results

Perth veterinarian Paul Davey is no stranger to the mental health problems that plague his profession. The industry has a high suicide rate compared with the national average, and he remembers a colleague who took his [...]

Alarming farm health statistics

Alarming farm health statistics

Being a farmer is the most dangerous occupation in the country. While it may be a startling claim, National Centre for Farmer Health representative Jody Morton said the statistics don’t lie.  Speaking to more than 130 [...]

Opioid addiction: Doctor-shopping accounts for increased prescriptions and risk

Opioid addiction: Doctor-shopping accounts for increased prescriptions and risk

To satisfy her dependence on prescription opioids, Christine Drinnan visited 10 doctors in the last few months of her life, six in the 10 days immediately preceding her death from painkillers taken by millions of Australians [...]

Outgoing WA Police Commissioner says mentally injured cops need better support

Outgoing WA Police Commissioner says mentally injured cops need better support

The WA Police Commissioner has admitted the service has not been good at identifying officers’ mental health issues, and said he regrets not getting a workers compensation scheme up and running for victims in the state [...]