Are smartphones causing more teen suicides?

Increases in depression and suicide appeared among teens in 2012 – the same time smartphone ownership became the norm Around 2012, something started going wrong in the lives of teens. In just the five years between [...]

Farmer’s recovery from depression which led to two suicide attempts shows cost of drought at family level

DAIRY farmer Steve Germon knows what it’s like to be on the brink of suicide. He has been there twice in the past three years. He can’t remember what saved him in 2015, but those lonely [...]

Alarming health concern among millennials

YOUNG Australians are developing mental health worries at a rate resembling those of people three times their age.  And young women appear to be leading the trend, new health insurance data shows. It’s not unusual for [...]

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 [...]

Mental health distress more prevalent among FIFO workers than general community

Psychological distress is significantly more prevalent in the remote mining and construction workforce than in the general community, new research has found. Social isolation, roster patterns and the strain on relationships are all adding to the [...]

Trial tackles FIFO depression

A mental health program focused on alleviating the mental health stresses felt by fly-in, fly-out workers in an attempt to address on-site depression and anxiety is being trialled at one of the Goldfields’ major gold mines. [...]

FIFO mental health study sparks social media backlash

A researcher has been shocked by the backlash over a study that found most fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers did not seek mental health support because they felt they should toughen up. Senior lecturer at CQUniversity and [...]

Senate inquiry finds current Australian laws ‘adequate’ to penalise serious cyber-bullying offenders

A SENATE inquiry has made nine recommendations to reduce the incidences of cyber-bullying and ensure that serious offenders are adequately pursued. THE alarming increase in the number of youth suicides in Australia due to cyber-bullying prompted [...]

FIFO suicides: Parents of Rhys Connor still fighting for mental health changes in mining industry

EVERY day for almost five years, Anita Miller imagines her son Rhys Connor hanging from the ceiling of his room at a Pilbara mine site camp. Mrs Miller, 50, of Oldbury, doesn’t lay blame for the [...]

Tradies Create Colourful Workwear To Raise Awareness About Mental Health

When you think about uniforms for labourers, there isn’t much thought that goes into it. For most, hi-vis or monochromatic shirts coupled with old footy shorts seem to be the go-to. But now two Brisbane tradies [...]