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6 Things a Psychiatrist Says Everyone Needs to Know About Mental Health

Well+Good Council member Drew Ramsey, MD, a practicing psychiatrist, is passionate about the need to remove the stigma associated with mental health—and with asking for help. Here, just in time for Mental Illness Awareness Week, he shares some real talk about the prevalence of mental illness. I’m a psychiatrist in active clinical practice in New York City and have been [...]

By | 2017-10-06T12:17:50+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Seven Red Flag Signs Your Child Could Be Depressed

Ignoring your Whatsapp messages and six other red flag signs YOUR child could be depressed (and what to do about it) Around 800,000 five to 17-year-olds suffer mental health disorders in the UK, according to a recent report. IT'S easy to shrug off and blame on "those difficult teenage years". But, if your kid goes [...]

By | 2017-10-06T12:17:23+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Categories: Depression, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Engaging Young Men Is The Key To Helping Them Beat Mental Illness

If Australia is to be genuinely committed to reducing rates of suicide, problematic substance use, and aggression and violence (including alcohol related and family violence), then we must have a coordinated plan for young men's mental health. Only a small proportion of young men who have a need for care access services receive appropriate treatment [...]

Facebook Will Let Users Livestream Self-harm

Facebook will allow users to livestream attempts to self-harm because it “doesn’t want to censor or punish people in distress who are attempting suicide”, according to leaked documents. However, the footage will be removed “once there’s no longer an opportunity to help the person” – unless the incident is particularly newsworthy. The policy was formulated [...]

By | 2017-06-05T10:51:09+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Categories: Mental Illness, Suicide|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Effect That Childhood Trauma Has On Mental Health

We know events like childhood trauma cause physiological changes in one’s body. These changes in turn correlate with behavioral changes that manifest themselves as symptoms, and what psychiatry and its DSM-5 do is assign labels to certain clusters and combinations of these symptomatic manifestations, with each label representing and naming an individual and distinct mental [...]

More Teens Than Ever Before Meet The Criteria For Having Mental Health Issues

Nearly 1 in 4 Australian teenagers meet the criteria for having a "probable serious mental illness", a joint report from Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute has found. The Five Year Mental Health Youth Report presented findings from the past five Mission Australia youth surveys, during which thousands of adolescents answered questions on several [...]

6 Tips For Making Friends While Struggling With Mental Illness

Mental illness is more common than most people think. Around one out of every five adults will deal with some form of mental illness in their lifetime. If you’re that one person, trying to make friends might seem about as appealing as pulling your teeth out, but a good group of friends can also be [...]

By | 2017-04-13T11:48:42+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Healthy Lifestyle Key For Those With Poor Mental Health

While being diagnosed with a serious mental health condition like schizophrenia can have devastating consequences for patients, many don’t realise how much their physical health may suffer too. The life expectancy for people with schizophrenia is around 10 – 25 years less than the general population. They also have two to three times the risk [...]

Fear Life-saving Mental Health Support At Risk For Thousands Of Australians

Jane* has lived with severe depression and anxiety for the last 15 years outside a small town in rural Victoria. For much of that time, she's felt isolated and alone in her struggle with her mental illness. "I've had several attempted suicides," she said. Jane has no doubt where she'd be if she wasn't getting [...]

To Be Ill Is Human: Normalising Illness Would Make Coping Easier

Why are we so shocked when we, or someone we know, becomes ill? Why are many people scared of illness and unable to support their loved ones when illness strikes? And why do so many people still think “it won’t happen to me”? These questions strike at the heart of our relationship between sickness and [...]