: ' mental health news'

Young offenders must be screened for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders before sentencing

Australia’s prison population is growing at unprecedented rates. In some states Indigenous prisoners far outnumber their non-Indigenous counterparts. Last year in the Northern Territory, 86% of those in prison and 96% of those in juvenile detention [...]

FIFO suicide database to be established in WA; Industry mental health code rejected

A coronial database of fly-in, fly-out worker suicides is to be set up by the Western Australia Government, but it has rejected a call for a separate code of practice to addresses mental health issues in [...]

Police force grapples with mental health and guns

A veteran police officer charged with murder had an extensive history of psychiatric problems, which has raised further concerns about Victoria Police’s handling of mental illness and its policies surrounding access to firearms. The suicide of [...]

In Honor of World Mental Health Day Here’s My Mental Heath Story

I remember the first time I knew something was wrong. I was in my junior year of high school when I thought about what would happen if I purposely fell down the stairs. I’d always been [...]

Bipolar Disorder Drug For Adults Safe For Children, Study Finds

A new study, published in the Oct. 12 issue of Pediatrics, found that a bipolar drug usually prescribed to adults is also effective and safe for children to use on a short term basis. Bipolar disorder is [...]

Depression inspires Penny to create ‘Motivating Giraffe’

BOOVAL’S Penny Redshaw is quite literally drawing attention to illnesses like depression as Mental Health Week comes to a close. The university student is the creator and illustrator of Motivating Giraffe, a series of hand-drawn pictures [...]

The Power of Positivity in Social Media

Today we are all here to acknowledge World Mental Health Awareness Week. Around the world today, social media will be buzzing with education, awareness and advocacy for mental health and the possibility of positive outcomes. Cyber [...]

Sane Australia: ‘Labor mental health policy: a step forward but more to be done’

SANE Media Release. SANE Australia welcomes the ALP’s policy statement on mental health and suicide prevention. In particular, SANE Australia strongly supports Labor’s commitment to: National leadership on mental health and the implementation of a Fifth [...]

Comment: Mental Health Week is a time to remember the forgotten children

As Australia marks Mental Health Week we should stop to remember that it is not only wealthy Australians who are worthy of effective treatment and a lifestyle that is conducive to being mentally healthy. There are [...]

‘I felt terrified all the time’: A mother’s experience of postnatal depression

When Erin Palmbas fell pregnant in 2010, she was excited to be a mother for the first time and to finally have the baby boy she had always wanted. But once he was born, she struggled [...]