MateCheck – The Award-Winning Mental Health and Safety Platform

MateCheck specialise in mental health and safety in the workplace.  This unique and comprehensive platform has won numerous awards for its innovation and application to improving the health and safety of employees. MateCheck are bridging the crippling gap between employees who need support and don’t have access. Employees are provided immediate access to free and confidential supports at the touch of a button – no searching for phone numbers, no call …

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Cultural Identity and Participation In Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children

The Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health has reported on the importance of cultural identity and cultural participation as key protective factors essential to the development of strong and resilient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. International research shows that cultural programs conducted with Aboriginal young people has led to improved self-esteem, school attendance, school completion rates, reading skills and academic performance. It was these key pieces of research …

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13 Signs of Potential Mental Illness in a Child

Most parents have an instantaneous desire to protect their children. We tend to our children’s needs: If an unexplained rash appears, we see the doctor. If a fever spikes, we see the doctor. If a bone seems injured, we see the doctor. Visible wounds are relatively easy to recognize. It’s different when a child begins having problems at school or with friends, or if he or she becomes uncooperative and has inexplicable outbursts. Such …

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Improving Services for Australians Affected by Forced Adoption

Improving services for Australians affected by forced adoption: Up-skilling and enhancing the health sector In Australia, between the 1940’s and 1980’s, around 250,000 adoptions occurred, and the majority of these are now considered to have been forced. Forced adoption has led to significant, long-term psychological effects, including prolonged grief, relationship difficulties, higher rates of suicidality and mental health disorders. The mothers, fathers and children impacted by these practices have also …

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Dads can suffer depression after childbirth too

No matter how many books you read, nothing really prepares you for the birth of your first child. And that goes for dads, as well as mums. Wilfred Zee, 31, from Queensland thought he was prepared before the whirlwind arrived. “We had a natural birth with our first child, Nathan, and didn’t realise anything was wrong until two days later. My wife was trying to get out of bed to …

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Workplace mental health a challenge for managers

Reported mental health issues in the workplace have risen 56 per cent in the past year, and almost half of companies in a major survey say at least one employee has committed suicide or been at risk of doing so, according to a new report. A survey of 200 companies by law firm Minter Ellison found that one-third of the firms had recorded more than 15 cases of staff experiencing …

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Let’s talk about mental health at work

“We know that it can be really hard to talk to staff about mental health and how to actually look after one another’s health and well-being.” In a recent interview, Rebecca Lewis, campaign director of R U OK? Day, told HC about how this nationwide event could help encourage difficult conversations amongst staff. R U OK? Day, which will be held on 8 September, is a powerful entry point to talk about …

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More mental health support desperately needed in rural areas.

An outpouring of support has been shown for a mother who keeps her 16-year old daughter in a “safe room”, with the latest reports indicating the daughter is currently in hospital after threatening her family with a knife. Stephanie lives in rural NSW with two siblings and her mother Emma Parrey, who told Today Tonight Adelaide recently that she has to lock her daughter in a plywood-lined bedroom each night …

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Expert calls for mental health shake-up

SBS News Mental health sufferers are stigmatised by the professionals that are supposed to be caring for them, according to a globally-renowned expert calling for a shake-up of the system. Professor Mike Slade, from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, says the current attitude of mental health professionals is one of “do what we tell you to do and you will be well again.” He says stigma against mental illness …

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Should workplaces be educating staff about mental illness?

The Sydney Morning Herald Mental illness costs Australian businesses more than $10 billion every year, with about 12 million days lost to reduced productivity annually, begging the question of why workplaces aren’t doing more to educate employees about the issue. Mental Health Recovery Institute chief executive Pedro Diaz said businesses were still trying to catch up with workplace mental health training. “In reality, mental health [education] in the workplace is about 20 …

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