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Survey Shows Australians Happy And Optimistic

Flickr Images Mateship is what makes Australians happy, according to a new national survey on the nation's emotional wellbeing. The Australian Psychological Society's (APS) Compass for Life survey has found people who connect with family, socialise with colleagues and are actively involved in their local community are the happiest people in Australia. Those [...]

82% Of Australians Say Loneliness Is Increasing

Milos Kreckovic/Getty Images Are you lonely? Chances are, according to a Lifeline survey, the answer is yes – but you’re unwilling to talk about it. The national survey, released on Tuesday, found about 60% of the 3,100 respondents said they “often felt lonely” and 82.5% said they felt loneliness was increasing in society, [...]

What Is Behaviour Activation For Depression?

Flikr Images A recent study from the United Kingdom found a simple form of therapy called behavioural activation (BA) is as effective in treating depression as more complex psychological treatments and even medication. So, how does BA work and what is the relationship between behaviour and emotions? What we do affects how we [...]

Loneliness As Harmful As No Exercise To Teenagers’ Health

Gallery Hip New research at the University of North Carolina has found that being lonely is as harmful to teenagers' health as not getting enough exercise. There have been many studies showing the health effects of social isolation on the elderly, but this is the first to look at the impact on the [...]

Radicalised Boys – A Threat or Opportunity?

gettyimages It’s concerning to see boys at war with themselves and the world. But what if radicalisation held some powerful insights for us? Radicalisation isn’t new. Attractive to boys adrift from society, it has surfaced in gangs, neo Nazi groups, football hooliganism and the like. But never before has radicalisation gone global, or been so extreme. Traditionally it was boys from fractured or marginalised communities, lacking good male role models and surrounded by violent narratives, who were [...]

Loneliness as Bad as Obesity and Heavy Smoking

While the elderly are more likely to live alone, younger adults are likelier to have their life expectancy cut due to growing isolation, the researchers said. Loneliness is defined as living alone and social isolation as being lonely even when “surrounded by lots of people” said the study conducted at Brigham Young University in Utah, [...]

Men Would Rather Shock Themselves Than Sit Alone and Think

Most people don’t think it’s fun to sit alone with nothing to do but think — it’s part of the reason for obsessive phone-checking during idle moments. A new study in Science highlights just how unenjoyable this experience is: in short, very. To the point that some people will choose to shock themselves rather than sit alone with nothing [...]

Am I Too Crazy To Work in Mental Health?

This is an edited extract of a blog post by Polly Chester. Read the full piece here.   I’ve learned that knowledge of mental health practice can give us a dangerous and false sense of galvanization against what we advocate for. The conversation I had with the previously unknown general practitioner who recently assessed me said [...]

‘Retail Therapy’ Might Not Be So Bad After All

Those who love to shop are often painted as lonely souls, trying to fill a void by buying -- and becoming even more isolated in the process. Not always so, according to new Dutch research. The relationship of shopping and loneliness can go both ways -- and the direction seems to have a lot to [...]