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Mental health: Online service for remote patients

Mental health: Online service for remote patients

  RESIDENTS in regional and rural Australia can for the first time consult a psychiatrist from the comfort of their own home thanks for a new online service. The Dokotela service allows people in remote areas [...]

The social media app ranked the worst for mental health in young people

The social media app ranked the worst for mental health in young people

Instagram has earned the title of the worst social media app for mental health in young people. As part of a UK-based survey of almost 1500 residents aged between 14 and 24, participants were asked to [...]

Australians cautioned over mental health apps

Australians cautioned over mental health apps

Downloading an app seemed like the simplest way to cope with the stress and anxiety Jazmin was experiencing. “You could go to the app store and download it and it would be on your phone in five [...]

Digital Mental Fitness Program for Construction Professionals

Digital Mental Fitness Program for Construction Professionals

We all know that the Australian construction industry’s efficiency in delivering our much needed infrastructure is absolutely central to Australia’s future economic prosperity. Now, a company using a new type of well-being program called digital mental [...]

Online mental health treatments are proven to reduce depression

Online mental health treatments are proven to reduce depression

It was an illness that almost claimed her life. There were days when she couldn’t leave the house, or even get out of bed. But for years after she was diagnosed, Shannai Pearce was too afraid [...]

GPS Data Has Potential to Model Symptoms of Depression

GPS Data Has Potential to Model Symptoms of Depression

By using GPS data gathered from smart devices, researchers were able to examine symptoms and behaviors of patients with depression.  The authors of a recent study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that is it [...]

Pacifica Labs launches new physician-facing dashboard for its mental health app, secures early stage funding

Pacifica Labs launches new physician-facing dashboard for its mental health app, secures early stage funding

San Francisco-based Pacifica Labs, maker of a mental health app, has released a physician-facing component to its consumer-focused self-help app. In addition to the launch of Pacifica for Clinicians, the company also added new capabilities to [...]

Apps for Suicide Prevention: What the Research Says

Apps for Suicide Prevention: What the Research Says

Suicide is a leading cause of death globally, particularly among young people. Despite the importance of seeking help during a crisis, barriers such as lack of perceived need, availability of services, and fear of stigma can [...]

Your smartphone knows a lot about you, but what about your mental health?

Your smartphone knows a lot about you, but what about your mental health?

Smartphones come with an assortment of sensors that can track behaviours such as our internet search and browse history, where we go, what music we listen to, who we speak to, just to name a few. [...]

The Ripple Effect: Researchers look into impacts of suicide on farming communities

The Ripple Effect: Researchers look into impacts of suicide on farming communities

People from farming communities affected by suicide are being asked to complete an in-depth survey to help researchers better understand the impact suicide has on families left behind. A website called The Ripple Effect, which was [...]