If It Doesn’t Open . . . It’s Not Your Door

A while ago, I was going through my newsfeed on Facebook, when I came across this proclamation: If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door. I thought it was one of the most brilliant pieces of wisdom I’d ever heard—so of course I immediately stole it and shared it on my own Facebook page too. And I’ve been using it—with clients, with friends, and with myself—ever since. How many times …

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PROGRAM LAUNCHED: 19th International Mental Health Conference

The Program for the 19th International Mental Health Conference, being held over the 8th – 10th August 2018 at the RACV Royal Pines, Gold Coast, Queensland has officially been launched! With an outstanding and powerful keynote speaker line-up, over 70 concurrent speakers, 3 must attend workshops and a range of poster displays – this program will not disappoint. The conference topics are inclusive of citizens from the diverse society we live …

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Mental Health Struggles in Student Athletes and How To Prevent Them

Depression is a common mental health issue that affects a significant number of the world’s population. In fact, depression is the leading cause of disability around the world and one out of every 13 global citizens suffers from anxiety. Although many of those who suffer from mental health problems are adults, up to 20% of the world’s children under the age of 19 suffer from mental health issues. Suicide remains …

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Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone: Recovery from Addictive Behaviours

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone—so true. I love this saying, and wish I could take credit for thinking it up. In my humble opinion, whoever came up with it is a genius—and when I saw it on a fridge magnet many years ago, I bought several of them to give as gifts to people I recognised as being entrenched in their comfort zones. (Sometimes it really …

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Present at the 10th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium

The 10th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium will this year be held over 15 – 17 October 2018 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania. The Symposium is celebrating 10 years of important discussions and education, providing a platform for collaboration of like-minded professionals who are passionate about improving mental health services and mental health outcomes within rural and remote Australia. Suicide and harm prevention, physical health, digital and low …

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 5 Factors That Affect Your Mental Health

Taking care of your mental health requires more than a weekly meditation session and a spare 10 minutes to sit and recharge. Read up on the following factors that affect your mental health and discover what you can do to maximise the positive in your day to day activities. Physical activity We have all been inundated with the benefits that exercise brings, but did you know your daily dose of …

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Girls with Autism Flying Under the Radar but New Guidelines Could Help Doctors with Diagnosis

Emma Taylor spent her whole life believing that something was wrong with her. “I’ve always been called weird or a little bit strange. One of the regulars at work calls me Fruit Loop. It was just something I was used to,” the 27-year-old said. But when her six-year-old daughter Felicity was recently diagnosed with autism, Emma came to a startling realisation. “I was reading through her autism checklist, and I …

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Addiction and Codependency: Top 10 Reasons to Stop Enabling the Addict You Love – Part 1

We all know that addiction is rampant—it’s a horrific problem for far too many people, all over the world. And even though ‘addiction’ can take many forms, from mind-altering substances to mood-altering behaviours, one thing is for sure: Most everyone on the planet today is either affected by addiction—their own or someone else’s—or they know someone who is. These days, I work primarily with the loved ones of addicts because …

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A third of corporate Australia is feeling stressed, anxious and depressed

Australian workplaces are increasingly suffering from depression, anxiety and stress, according to a large study of mental health in corporate Australia. Mental illness appears to have increased by a third in the last decade. Depression is now the primary mental health disorder. The results of Australia’s Biggest Mental Health Check-In finds that one third of program participants were suffering from some form of mental illness, with 36% suffering from depression, …

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Family Parenting Associated with Inattentive Traits of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Chinese Children and Adolescents

Increasing evidence has suggested both gene and environmental factors contributing to ADHD. The function of family, like parent-child relationship and parents’ supervision strategies, has been implicated in the clinical history and manifestation of the disorder. Nonetheless, little is known about the underlying psychological mechanism of the association. Because cognitive functions, particular working memory impairments, have been found to predict ADHD, it is assumed that working memory may influence the association …

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