Christmas Edition

20 December 2013

Holiday Depressionbigstock_Motherhood_25839

For many, the holidays are a joyful time of year. They get to spend time with family and friends. Some people like to give gifts, others like to receive them. Some do a little of both. There are parties and family gatherings.

But for some, the holidays are very tough. There is a lot of stress – to find the perfect gift, to even afford gifts! Some parents get depressed because they cannot afford to offer the kind of Christmas to their children that they would like to.


bigstock-Mental-Health-Warning--32532146Psychiatrists slam mental health in-patient lock-up edict

PSYCHIATRISTS have hit out at Newman Government plans to introduce lock-up security measures to Queensland’s mental health in-patient facilities, saying the moves are “unnecessarily brutal”.

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists president Murray Patton last night described the directive, affecting some of the state’s most vulnerable patients, as a retrograde step.


The silly season and mental health – Top tips to keep staff safe and happybigstock_Thumb_Up_1037090

It’s not surprising that Australians call it the silly season. After all, November and December are the most dangerous months for workers.

As reported recently by SmartCompany, VicSafe has launched a campaign urging employees to be vigilant in the lead-up to Christmas. With workers stressed about competing demands, psychologists are saying now is a good time to start a conversation about good mental health in the workplace.


bigstock_In_The_Park_583041Music, movement boost cognitive function, reduce anxiety

A music-based exercise program enhances cognitive function and decreases anxiety in older adults, new research shows.




6 ways to have a happier holidaybigstockphoto_Vacation_3310671

Looking forward to your annual holiday? Go ahead, revel in that feeling of anticipation, because it’s making you happier. A 2010 Dutch study published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life showed that just the thought of an upcoming holiday makes people feel happier, compared with those who didn’t have a holiday planned.



NDIS: Disablity Commissioner warns against cutbacksDisabled person in wheechair

Australia’s disability discrimination commissioner, Graeme Innes, has warned the government against feared cutbacks to the national disability insurance scheme, saying he did not want “people having only two showers a week” and being “effectively stuck in their homes”.




Coping with Christmas – timely tips for separated Mums and Dadsmichael_lynch_family_lawyer_brisbane

Brisbane based Specialist Family Lawyer, Michael Lynch author of the book “A Guide to Family Law – Everyday Answers” knows well that for families where parents are separated or divorced, Christmas can be a time of sadness, disappointment and disagreement and caught in the middle of it, are the children.

Michael Lynch is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and Director of Michael Lynch Family Lawyers.