: ' #mentalhealth'

Heavy Alcohol Use Costing U.S. Economy More

A new study finds that excessive alcohol use continues to be a drain on the American economy. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that excessive drinking cost the U.S. $249 billion [...]

Birth order effect on personality theory debunked

There is no such thing as a typical firstborn, middle child or baby of the family according to a study that debunks the idea that personality is determined by birth order. German researchers analysed data from [...]

Royal Flying Doctor Service takes mental health programs to the most remote areas

Pete, 49, had been “hiding at home”  –  struggling with bi-polar illness – until the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s mental health project officer Glynis Thorp touched down in his tiny South Australian town of Yunta​, population 40, last Thursday. “It makes the world of [...]

‘Social Brain’ Impaired In Children With Autism

Researchers discovered that the “social” part of the brain in children with autism is underdeveloped, according to a recent study.  The study results showed that children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have something called hyper-perfusion, [...]

More than a third of Christians have suffered mental health issues

More than a third of Christians have suffered mental health issues, according to a survey by Christian Research to coincide with World Mental Health Day. Over 35 per cent had experienced some form of mental health issue [...]

$12m to rebuild mental health care for youth in Qld: Howard

MENTAL health services remained in the spotlight this week with Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard addressing Parliament yesterday on the government’s commitment to support services in regional areas. During Mental Health Week last week, Health Minister [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]