Conference Program Booklet available now

Conference Program – With just 7 days to go until The 17th International Mental Health Conference; Guiding the Change there is still time to register to attend the Conference. The Conference Program Booklet is now available so you can see the diverse line-up of international speakers across a broad range of mental health topics. To view The Program Booklet CLICK HERE. The Conference hosted by the The Australian & New …

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Depression: New blood test could result in personalised treatment

Scientists have developed a blood test that can predict whether people with depression will respond to common anti-depressants, a discovery that could bring in a new era of personalised treatment for people with the debilitating mental illness. The researchers said doctors should in future be able to direct depressed patients with a certain level of inflammation in their blood towards earlier treatment with a more potent course of anti-depressants — …

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Headspace aims to tear down ‘The Big Stigma’ of mental health

As alarming new research reveals 52 percent of young people were too embarrassed to seek help in the last year for mental health issues, not-for-profit youth organisation Headspace has unveiled a new national awareness campaign. The campaign, unveiled at Melbourne’s Southern Cross station today, invites people to tear off one of the 3,500 pieces that make up the dome-shaped structure, representing the embarrassment and reluctance to speak about mental health. …

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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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Surf therapy helping PTSD sufferers

Surf therapy is being used to help mend broken soldiers returning from war zones with crippling PTSD as well as children suffering conditions like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism. It is a phenomenon not fully understood by science but the latest research is aimed at understanding why spending time in the surf is bringing profound relief without the side effects of drugs. Digger James Milliss is haunted by the night …

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