The Australian Scientists Cracking the Genetic Code of Clinical Depression

Two-thirds of Australians with clinical depression have used multiple antidepressants to manage their condition, the nation’s largest study on depression has found. More than 10,000 adults living with the mental illness have so far enrolled in the Australian Genetics of Depression Study and researchers have released some of the preliminary data. Lead investigator Nick Martin at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute says the data highlights that current treatments are …

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Mental Illness Need Not Be a Death Sentence, Allan Fels Warns

People with a serious mental illness are dying on average 14 to 23 years earlier than other Australians, prompting a push for a ­national focus on delivering longer, healthier, happier lives. National Mental Health Commission chairman Allan Fels said yesterday it was neither acceptable nor inevitable that people with mental illness had poorer physical health and died sooner. Ahead of a speech to the ­National Press Club, Professor Fels said …

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Calls To Review Antipsychotic Use In Kids

An expert in child psychiatry says no child under the age of six should be prescribed an antipsychotic and would like to see a review of these medications. There are concerns antipsychotic drugs are being overprescribed to children purely as a way of managing problem behaviour, leading to calls for a review of prescription rates in Australia. Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry David Coghill, an honorary fellow at the …

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“Everything I Wanted is Gone”: John Brogden’s Journey Through the Darkness

John Brogden spent his life working to become Premier of NSW – until a colossal fall from grace and a very public suicide attempt changed his life and priorities forever. Ahead of a visit to Adelaide, he talks to InDaily about his recovery, and his zeal to change public discourse around mental illness. “From as early as I can remember, I only ever wanted to do one thing, and that …

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Facebook should hide suicide live stream videos, mental health advocates say

Facebook’s policy to allow the live broadcast of self-harm on its platform has attracted concern among mental health advocates. The power to go live and unfiltered to the internet from a phone has opened up enormous possibilities to transform the way we communicate. But it has created a wave of ethical questions that the world’s biggest social network, Facebook, is being forced to navigate very publicly. Residents have live streamed …

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The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) Mental Health Team Update

Update regarding the Southeast Section of the RFDS Mental Health Team – by Glynis Thorp, Project Officer and Credentialed Mental Health Nurse. Following our attendance and poster presentation at 2016 The International Mental Health Conference we returned to our base at Broken Hill revitalised with ideas about how we can enhance our services that we provide to our clients and potential clients in remote outback locations in New South Wales, …

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Present at the 18th International Mental Health Conference

The 18th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the Conference Centre, Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland from Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 August 2017. The optional half day of workshops will be held on the Wednesday, with the 2 full conference days being held on the Monday and Tuesday. This is a must attend event in the sector and applications to present are now open. Presentations can …

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Advance Queensland to advance mental health research

The Queensland Government is throwing its support behind critical mental health research, from pinpointing the origins of schizophrenia to preventing psychiatric problems some Parkinson’s disease patients encounter after undergoing a surgical procedure to improve motor function. Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch today announced $570,000 in grants for four mental health research projects as part of more than $10 million funding for 54 recipients from the …

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Mental Health App Helps Track Moods

An Australian team from Monash University has developed a new smartphone app to track users’ moods over time and support their mental health and wellbeing. It’s thought that nearly one in every two Australians will experience a mental health condition at some time in their life. The MoodPrism app, developed by Monash researchers with funding from mental health Not for Profit beyondblue, is designed to combat some of these issues. …

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Australia in the middle of “mental health crisis” with unnecessary deaths escalating

The Age Australia is in the grip of a mental health “crisis” that is leading to the unnecessary deaths of thousands, former Australian of the Year Patrick McGorry says. In a passionate plea to new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Professor McGorry said if the government doubled the amount it spent on the direct care of people with mental illness, it would “be enough” to resolve the crisis. Suicide is the leading cause …

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