Building an Integrated Health Ecosystem

The 2018 International Mental Health Conference is almost upon us again, this year the conference will be held over the 8th – 10th August at the RACV Royal Pines on the Gold Coast, Queensland. This annual conference is now in its 19th year and continues to be the pinnacle event in the mental health industry. The Conference provides an invaluable opportunity to build relationships and to share knowledge, research and …

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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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Injury, illness, or disability? Find or maintain a job that’s suitable for you.

Adjusting or living with an injury or disability We know how hard it can be to secure a job if you’re living with a disability, injury or illness. We are Australia’s largest provider of Disability Employment Services and have been helping people find or maintain work for more than 23 years. Whether you use a wheelchair, receive treatment for depression or anxiety, or are recovering from a stroke, back injury …

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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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What is Horticultural Therapy and How Does it Work?

Let nature be your stress buster   When you are feeling the pressure, take things back to basics. Horticultural therapy (HT) is the process by which gardening, and plants, are used to improve both physical and mental wellbeing of an individual. Also known as social and therapeutic horticulture, HT has been widely recognised as an effective form of therapy since the ancient Egyptian era. Back then, physicians were already prescribing …

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Here’s How Instagram Will Use AI To Take On Its Bullying Problem

Instagram is rolling out a comment-filtering technology today that will automatically hide bullying comments on the social network. The Facebook-owned network first announced the concept last year, saying it had been training a tool to detect and suppress “offensive and spammy” comments in at least nine languages. The filter, powered by machine learning, is turned on by default, but users can opt out to let comments people leave on their posts go unfiltered. They …

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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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