Youth mental health gets funding boost as demand for services spikes

Morrison government gives $52m to Headspace, including $12.8m for online support to youngsters in rural areas Australia’s mental health services will receive a $52m boost in an attempt to cut waiting times for desperate teenagers struggling [...]

Indoor plants for stressed out people

Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your teeth or going to the doctor when you’re sick. It’s an issue that’s been given significant coverage in mainstream media in [...]

7 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Mental Focus

Staying on task can be difficult, but it can be particularly challenging when you are surrounded by constant distraction. In today’s always-connected world, diversions are nothing more than a click away. Even during quiet moments, distraction [...]

Can picture books meet the crisis in children’s mental health?

With more and more children seeking psychological help, Matt Haig is one of a wave of authors trying to reach troubled youngsters with stories Matt Haig is feeling hopeful. His first ever illustrated story, The Truth [...]

Mental Health of older Australians a “priority” of awareness month

Coinciding with World Mental Health Day (10 October) and a number of State-based Mental Health Awareness Month events, the initiative is all about increasing public awareness across the globe relating to the mental health of all [...]

The burden of mental health could cost $23 trillion by 2030

The burden of mental illness has risen ‘dramatically’ worldwide in the past 25 years, yet ‘no country is investing enough’ according to the report. Mental health disorders are on the rise in every country in the [...]

Five ways to enhance your mood and mental health

When someone is diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety, first-line treatments usually include psychological therapies and medication. What’s not always discussed are the changeable lifestyle factors that influence our mental health. [...]

Mental illness hits teens in alarming numbers

There’s a crisis going on, and it’s happening in our homes, our schools and our playgrounds. Mental illness is affecting an alarming and growing number of our children and teens. In fact, one in seven Australians [...]

How our residential aged-care system doesn’t care about older people’s emotional needs

All humans have fundamental needs. These are physiological (food, drink, clothing, sleep), safety (emotional security, physical safety, health), love and belonging (friendships, community), esteem (respect, dignity) and self-actualisation (accomplishment, personal development). For people living in Australia’s [...]

Happiness is the metric of the future – but there are problems with how we measure it

Move over GDP: happiness is angling to become the metric of the future. Nation states have begun to compete in global happiness rankings and plan policy according to statistics of well-being. Most recently, New Zealand announced [...]