7 Foods to Improve Your Mental Health and Wellness

“You are what you eat” – every person at least once in their life. We all know the benefits of fresh, healthy food on the body – but how about the mind? Check out our top seven picks to help feed your brain and improve your mental health and wellness. 7. Oily fish We’ve always heard that fish is good ‘brain food’ – but why? Let us introduce the wonders of …

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The Importance of Sleep for Better Mental Health

A popular saying teaches us that “it’s hard to sleep when your heart is at war with your mind.” Numerous studies have reached the same conclusion; they just phrased it in less poetical terms. The sleep science underlines the close relationship between rest and our mental health and tries to make us aware of the importance of proper repose for our body and brain. Poor sleep and sleep deprivation can …

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“I Know I’m Enabling But . . .” Recovery from Addiction in the Family

After working with the loved ones of people struggling with addiction for nearly 30 years, I’m still amazed by how many come to their first session with me and say “I know I’m enabling, but . . .” Do you have an addicted loved one in your life? Are you already aware that you’re doing things you probably shouldn’t be doing, in the guise of ‘helping’ them? And even if …

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19th International Mental Health Conference – Abstract Submission Closing Soon!

Don’t miss your opportunity to present at the 19th International Mental Health Conference, being held over the 8th – 10th August 2018 at the RACV Royal Pines, Gold Coast, Queensland. Share your research, case studies and innovative projects at the 2018 International Mental Health Conference. Abstract submissions close Wednesday 18 April! The program will explore mental health access and support, service design and specialised clinically focused programs, physical wellbeing and …

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When and How to Take a Mental Health Day

We all need it – but, what do you do once you have it? If you’re struggling with how to most effectively use a mental health day, take a read and discover how to make the day count. Is it the right time? Determining when to take a mental health day is largely a matter of opinion – but there’s a difference between your usual day-to-day pressures and a build-up …

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New dads suffering depression after baby’s birth struggle to find regional support

One in 10 Australian fathers are struggling with depression following the birth of their baby and a lack of specialist regional services is making the condition even more challenging. Anthony (not his real name) and his partner spent a significant amount of time trying to conceive with IVF but halfway through the pregnancy, the father-to-be was hit by crippling anxiety. The 38-year-old Victorian spent hours a day dry retching and …

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PM to flag mental health boost for bush

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is set to start providing life-saving mental health care to remote parts of Australia from next year after the federal government provided an $84 million funding boost. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will make the pre-budget announcement in Broken Hill, NSW, on Thursday along with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack. The money will help the 90-year-old organisation to put more psychologists and mental health nurses on …

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Beetroot: This superfood could protect against Alzheimer’s

New research suggests a compound in the vile root might protect against Alzheimer’s disease, which could be an acceptable reason to eat it despite its revolting flavour, texture, and general je ne sais quoi. “Our data suggest that betanin, a compound in beet extract, shows some promise as an inhibitor of certain chemical reactions in the brain that are involved in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr Li-June Ming, a …

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Speak at one of the leading Mental Health Conference’s in Australia!

Don’t miss your opportunity to present at the 19th International Mental Health Conference, being held over the 8th – 10th August 2018 at RACV Royal Pines, Gold Coast, Queensland. Share your research, case studies and innovative projects at the 2018 International Mental Health Conference. Abstract submissions close Wednesday 18 April! The program will explore mental health access and support, service design and specialised clinically focused programs, physical wellbeing and mental …

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How therapy dogs can help students in the classroom with more than stress relief

In the wake of the school shootings in Florida, therapy dogs have been used as a way to provide comfort and support for students returning to school. Research has shown therapy dogs can reduce stress and provide a sense of connection in difficult situations. Given the impact therapy dogs can have on student wellbeing, schools and universities are increasingly adopting therapy dog programs as an inexpensive way of providing social and emotional support for students. What are …

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