Stigma Reduction

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 [...]

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 [...]

How to have an honest chat to your boss about mental health

If you’ve been dropping the ball at work, turning up late, making simple errors and feeling emotional, you’re not alone. In fact, a recent Galaxy Poll found that at any time, 19.7 per cent of Australians [...]

We Cannot Ignore Wealth And Class When We Talk About Mental Illness

When you start talking about mental illness and class people start to get really uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean we can ignore it People get defensive when you talk about class or wealth and mental illness. [...]

Men get postnatal depression too, and as the mother’s main support, they need help

England’s National Health Service (NHS) this week announced it will offer mental health screening and treatment for new and expectant fathers whose partners are suffering from mental illness. The NHS described this as a “radical action [...]

No butts – it’s time to help people with mental health conditions quit smoking

Australians with mental health conditions are more than twice as likely to be smokers as the general population. About 22% of people with a mental health condition smoke daily compared to a national rate under 13%. [...]

Australians Suicide crisis in remote Indigenous communities ‘Australia’s shame’, Senate inquiry finds

Deaths often driven by ‘despair caused by the history of dispossession’, report says A Senate inquiry into mental health in rural and remote areas has found that suicide has long since reached a crisis level in [...]

Diagnosing the mental health of celebrities like Kanye West and Amanda Bynes from afar is damaging and dangerous

In 2010, Amanda Bynes’ mental health started to become a major talking point in the media. “It definitely isn’t fun when people diagnose you with what they think you are,” Bynes said in a revealing interview [...]

A Parent’s Guide to Teen Mental Health

“Is this normal?” As a therapist who works with children and teens, I hear this question frequently. Adolescents go through changes in such a short period, teens (and parents) may wonder if they’re losing their grip. [...]

Parents And Teachers Must Be Supported To Do More For Children’s Mental Health

We often believe children are resilient, that they aren’t affected too much by life events. And yet we see increasing mental health needs in children as young as four. There is no doubt that our children [...]