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‘Weird’ YouTube Trend Could Be Mental Health Solution, Says Expert

When Celina Pereira watches videos of people slurping food and drinks, tapping their nails and whispering into a microphone, she breaks out into goosebumps and a chill travels down her spine. It might sound bizarre, but she's experiencing ASMR – an autonomous sensory meridian response – and she's not alone. There are now more than [...]

By |2019-01-07T16:03:00+10:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Horses Who Heal: How Equine Therapy is Helping Traumatised Children

One year ago, 13-year-old Shamanii avoided other kids and suffered such severe anxiety she didn't want to go to school. Now, in the words of her mother Alma, Shamanii is "loving school, absolutely loving it". "She’s putting herself out there, auditioning for productions. She’s made a whole lot of new friends." All because of a [...]

By |2018-11-26T11:32:58+10:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Alpaca Therapy at Queensland School Tackles Special Students’ Anxiety

Every Friday morning in the small Queensland town of Gin Gin, a group of students with special needs are learning how to train and handle alpacas at the local high school. It is a unique animal-assisted therapy program unlike any other in Australia. "We're trying to create an opportunity for these students to overcome some [...]

By |2018-06-18T17:12:33+10:00June 18th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Treatment for Depressed Kids Needs Rethink

Young people with depression should be reassured that their poor concentration and memory are often part of the illness and don't mean they're "dumb", says an expert in mental health. An Australian study has revealed widespread cognitive functioning difficulties among teens and adolescents with depression. The findings, published in the journal Neuropsychology Review, have prompted [...]

8 Ways to Be Kind to Yourself

Many of us struggle to treat ourselves with kindness. For some reason we're often nicer to others than we are to ourselves. Good self-care isn't that different from effective parenting. As parents we want to balance clear expectations for our kids with an understanding that they're human and imperfect. In the same way, looking out for ourselves means holding ourselves to standards [...]

By |2018-05-28T17:20:33+10:00May 28th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Equine Therapy: How Horses are Helping Humans Heal

Horses are being used as mental health aids for humans, with equine therapy taking psychology sessions out of the office and into the paddock. Psychologist Sam Tassini is so enamoured with horses that she has incorporated them into her work and converted a functioning horse float into an office. She practices equine therapy - a [...]

By |2018-04-13T11:50:14+10:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

New App for Depression Uses Artificial Intelligence

People with depression are counseled to see a therapist, but in-person therapy isn't always an option. A new chatbot app, Woebot, could be an alternative. Treating Depression According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression affects nearly 300 million people around the world. People of all ages can experience depression, a mental health disorder that not [...]

By |2018-02-05T10:36:25+10:00February 1st, 2018|Categories: Depression, Technology|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Antidepressants Could Soon Be Rivalled By Device Emitting Electric Shocks

A device which sends tiny electric shocks to the brain to stimulate neurons could one day be at least as useful to people with anxiety and depression as antidepressants, Curtin University researchers hope. The university's Patrick Clarke said small electrical currents were being used to directly stimulate underperforming parts of the depressive brain and numb [...]

How Weird Sleep Schedules Disrupt Our Body Clocks

Much like a clock on the wall, our cells have their own 24-hour timeline. When they're in sync, our body clock may act as a protective barrier against mental and physical illnesses. But throw in some jet lag, a night shift or a bout of insomnia, and suddenly the clock's hands are spinning out of [...]

Mediterranean Diet Can Help In Fight Against Depression

The Mediterranean diet is well known for its physical health benefits and it is now being hailed as the latest weapon in tackling mental health problems. Researchers at Deakin University have found the diet can help those suffering from severe depression. Professor Felice Jacka, director of Deakin University's Food and Mood Centre, said the Mediterranean [...]