Stigma Reduction

‘Pill shaming’ and stigma causes regional Australians to battle mental illness for longer

A new awareness of the impacts of ‘pill shaming’, which can prevent people from purchasing medication to help treat their mental illness, has emerged in online forums. The movement has been shared across various social media [...]

The clearer we are about women’s mental health needs the better

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it’s a good time to talk about what’s different for women and men in terms of mental health. Across the course of their lives, one in three women experience an [...]

‘Traditional masculinity’ and mental health: Experts call for gendered approach to treatment

Australia’s peak body for psychologists says it will consider developing new practice guidelines for psychologists working with boys and men after the American Psychological Association announced its own set of guidelines for the group last month. [...]

How domestic violence affects women’s mental health

Every week in Australia, a woman is murdered by someone she knows. And it’s usually an intimate male partner or ex-partner. One in three women has suffered physical violence since the age of 15. In most [...]

How Dan Vickerman’s death sparked a doctor’s search for answers

How many eggs have to break before elite sporting codes realise they are scrambling their approach to mental health? It’s a metaphor Martin Cohen has pondered ever since he watched his brother-in-law fall apart after the [...]

‘Situation dire’: Aboriginal child suicide inquest lays bare intergenerational trauma

A coronial inquest into the suicide deaths of Aboriginal young people in the Kimberley region has recommended the introduction of a cashless welfare card, a banned drinkers register and voluntary boarding school placements. The findings, delivered [...]

Here’s How To Effectively Talk To Your Kids About Depression

Nearly 20 years later, I still remember the struggle of growing up with a parent who had depression. As a child, I didn’t understand what my mother was going through. I remember her seeking treatment and asking my [...]

One in five NSW high school kids suffers “severe” deprivation of life’s essentials

It’s tough for any high school student these days. Social media, the uncertainties of adolescence, trying to fit in – trying to figure out who you are. Then imagine what it’s like for kids whose home [...]

Aboriginal community pleas for ‘help in dealing with grief’ as Closing the Gap report finds most targets not met

Some members of South Australia’s Riverland Aboriginal community have lost 23 members of their family in the past two years, and they say they are desperate for help in dealing with grief. Their plea comes as [...]

Meditation’s health benefits get the royal seal of approval

If anybody needs the mind-calming benefits of meditation right now, it’s probably Prince Harry. After a whirlwind 12 months that has seen him marry Meghan Markle, endure endless speculation about a family rift between him and [...]