Does positive thinking really improve mental health?

ABC News How often have you been told to “look on the bright side” or “focus on the good things” when times are tough? It can feel as though every self-help book, TV show and family member wants you to stop feeling sad, angry or depressed, and find the silver lining in every difficult situation. Proponents of positive thinking would have us believe it is one of the best ways …

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Goondiwindi farmer encourages conversations around mental health and depression

ABC Rural, 11 September 2015. As Australia marked R U OK? day this week, with the aim of combating depression and suicide by encouraging people to check on the welfare of friends, colleagues and family, one farmer reflected on his own mental health struggles. Five years ago, Dave Woods, a farmer from northwest of Goondiwindi, shared his story about coping with depression with the ABC. At the time Mr Woods …

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E-mental health treatment could help remote areas according to Keynote David Butt

Full article entitled Online chat rooms could be future of remote mental health, experts says published on ABC News 25 May 2015 by Katherine Gregory Mental health experts say people living in remote, regional and rural parts of Australia are more vulnerable to mental health problems because of poor socio-economic conditions and a lack of accessible services. The Mental Health Commission’s chief executive David Butt said bad housing, high unemployment and chronic diseases …

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Senate inquiry to look at defence mental health in wake of Williamtown suicides

Original article published by ABC News, 2 April 2015. The mental health of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel is the focus of a Senate probe, at a time when ADF members are reeling from two suicides at the Williamtown Air Force base. The ABC revealed that an Air Force member from Williamtown committed suicide in February. Another RAAF member took his own life at the Williamtown base in April last …

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Emerald agencies get together to improve mental health

People with a mental illness don’t just need services specifically related to mental health, they may also be using other services such as housing, employment, government or even justice. That’s why it’s important that all of these agencies have an understanding of what each other does so that they can help people more effectively. Katherine Armstrong is the Partners in Recovery facilitator for Anglicare in Emerald who came up with …

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Former police call for more to be done to address suicide rates in the force

Natalie Whiting reported this story on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 18:38:00 DAVID MARK: Two former police officers who have suffered from post traumatic stress disorder say more needs to be done to address suicide rates in the police force. Lifeline and Beyond Blue have backed calls for more research into the rates of suicide in various occupations in an attempt to help prevent more self-harm. Here’s Natalie Whiting. NATALIE WHITING: …

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MENTAL HEALTH FORUM HOLDS FIRST MEETING

By Reporter Kerrin Thomas & Photo Journalist Gavin Coote Updated Sat Jul 6, 2013 2:58pm AEST Eight mental health agencies have met in Tamworth for the first time to discuss the roll-out of a new program. The Partners In Recovery program brings together agencies operating across the region, including Challenge Services, North West Region Community Care and Billabong Clubhouse. The head of the agency leading, Pamela Rutledge from Richmond PRA, …

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Calls for schools to address suicide prevention

By Barbara Miller – ABC NewsUpdated Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:55pm AEDT There are fresh calls for a suicide prevention program to be included as part of the new national curriculum in schools. Fears of sparking copycat actions and a certain stigma surrounding it means suicide is a subject not often broached. But the public health advocacy group Suicide Prevention Australia says there is no evidence that talking about it …

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