Research

Suicidal teens suffer poor sleep, bullying

Family trauma, bullying, poor sleep and living in a single-parent home have been identified as common risk factors for suicidal behaviour among Australian adolescents. Researchers at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute reviewed all admissions to the [...]

Rural families gain access to childhood behavioural support

For the first time, parents living in regional and remote NSW can gain access to vital early childhood behavioural support through an online help program, with UNSW researchers leading the push for permanent services. Parents in [...]

Women need to know about the link between the pill and depression

The introduction of the contraceptive pill in the 1960s was a major milestone for female empowerment. It allowed women to separate sex from procreation, and to increase their participation in work outside the home. Now, more [...]

It’s time to give people the ability to call in on an off day

Ross Jones thought he was taking a big risk when he phoned his boss from the waiting room of a counselling service to tell him he would not be coming to work that day – or [...]

We need to address the socioeconomic causes of mental health issues if we really want to tackle the problem

In 2018, mental health and psychological distress are high on the agenda. And this is great progress. The increased awareness of mental health issues and the willingness to discuss them that we are currently seeing is [...]

How Studying With Your Peers Can Improve Your Mental Health

Karra Harrington was in the middle of her PhD candidature when she realised her mental health could use a boost. Stress and a sense of isolation were beginning to take a toll, and Karra – who [...]

Get off Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to reduce anxiety and stress, farmers advised

Too much time spent on social media is increasing anxiety and stress for some primary producers, and they are being warned to reduce their online interactions and instead focus on what is within their control. Agricultural [...]

Disrupted sleep-wake cycle linked to mental health problems – new study

If you have ever stepped off a long-haul flight or worked night shifts, you probably noticed changes in your mood, concentration and general well-being. These changes are the result of disturbances to your natural sleep-wake cycle, [...]

The crucial link between food and mental illness

John Strachan’s career began as a chef. Several years ago, as outer sector manager for residential centres that house people with severe mental illness in Adelaide, he saw a gaping hole in their health care team: [...]

How to have difficult conversations around mental health comfortably

While record investment in mental health can only be a good thing, the recent announcement from the Victorian State budget only focuses on the treatment of mental health illnesses. We need to be taking more preventative [...]