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Suicide as Sickness?

The heart-rending suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain shocked and upset us. Here were two eminently successful people who ended their own lives. Why would they do this? How could they have achieved so much, yet not want to keep living? Their suicides struck most of us as not only tragic, but bewildering. In the aftermath of [...]

By |2018-06-18T17:17:53+00:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Suicide|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Debunking the Myths About Technology Addiction

How concerned should people be about the psychological effects of screen time? Balancing technology use with other aspects of daily life seems reasonable, but there is a lot of conflicting advice about where that balance should be. Much of the discussion is framed around fighting “addiction” to technology. But to me, that resembles a moral [...]

Grief Cannot, and Should Not, Be Rushed

Von was about my fourth patient in as many months who was struggling to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. She was in her late 60s and her husband, who had been considerably older than her, had been ill for many months with severe heart failure, so his death hadn’t been [...]

It’s Time To Give People The Ability To Call In On An Off Day

Ross Jones thought he was taking a big risk when he phoned his boss from the waiting room of a counselling service to tell him he would not be coming to work that day - or the next. "At that time in our organisation it was a lot riskier to talk about your mental health, [...]

$3.9 Million Project for Mental Health Support for Multicultural Australians

Leading health and multicultural organisations are uniting to tackle "huge" mental health gaps in Australia's culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Mental Health Australia, the Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA) and the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) will team up to deliver a new multicultural mental health project with $3.9 million from the Department of Health. CEO [...]

Rapid Rise in Mass School Shootings

A shooting is defined as a "mass shooting" when four or more people are killed (excluding the shooter). Sporadic school shootings have occurred at various points in the history of the US. For example, in 1940 a junior high school principal killed six adults including the school's district business manager. No similar mass shootings occurred [...]

By |2018-04-23T15:27:23+00:00April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Skills for People with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

A new study has revealed that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) sufferers need to adopt adaptive coping skills. The new research led by Steffen Moritz of the University Hospital Hamburg in Germany showed that coping skills were proven to be more helpful than the maladaptive strategies often used such as repetitive, compulsive actions or creating emotional distance from a situation, in order to effectively manage [...]

Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Counsellors: Who to See for Your Mental Health Issues

Nearly half of us will experience a mental illness at some point in our lives. And all of us will go through periods of stress, sadness, grief and conflict. We're better able to navigate these periods when we are able to access the right support, medication or services. Sometimes the right treatment is lifesaving. There [...]

By |2018-01-11T11:08:03+00:00January 8th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Mental Illness Linked to Early Childhood Adversity May be Passed to Next Generation

Mental illness associated with early childhood adversity may be passed from generation to generation, according to a study of adults whose parents evacuated Finland as children during World War II. The study was conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, Uppsala University in Sweden, and Helsinki University in Finland. It appears in JAMA Psychiatry. [...]

By |2017-12-11T13:28:34+00:00December 11th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Science & Research|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

1 in 10 Five Year Old’s Show Signs of Mental Illness

Being exposed to abuse or neglect before age five is the strongest predictor of whether a child will be at risk for future mental illness, a study from UNSW Sydney finds. Primary school teachers could detect children at high risk of developing mental disorders soon after they start school, new research at UNSW Sydney suggests. The study [...]

By |2017-11-30T09:57:30+00:00November 30th, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness, Science & Research|Tags: , , |0 Comments