What Are The Benefits of Sunlight?

Sunlight and Serotonin While too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin, the right balance can have lots of mood lifting benefits. Sunlight and darkness trigger the release of hormones in your brain. Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. This is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. At night, darker …

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Supporting Your Own State-of-Mind

Taking care of someone else in an anxious or stressed state-of-mind, naturally, results in putting your own headspace at risk. How you manage that risk (and your own mind) determines everything from your own happiness, to how long you’re able to work and help others in your chosen career. While you might have entered your job aware of the practical pitfalls of the role you signed up to, once you’re …

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Victoria Commits $500,000 For LGBTQ Mental Health Ahead Of ‘Damaging’ Plebiscite

Victoria prepares for marriage plebiscite, despite plans stalling. Canberra – The federal government seems to have temporarily shelved its plan to hold a plebiscite on marriage equality, but the Victorian government is still preparing for the “damaging” national vote by boosting funding to LGBTQ mental health support services. The plebiscite, first put forward by the Abbott government, has been carried on as a Turnbull administration policy. Despite plans for the vote …

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Opportunities for Mental Health Clinicians

At Emerge Aotearoa we really are all about people. We’re culturally connected and hold our values close to our hearts. We’re a national provider of social services including mental health, disability and addiction, employment support and social housing. Our staff strive to provide mana-enhancing services that promote health and wellbeing for individuals, family, whanau and communities every day. We have opportunities for qualified Mental Health professionals in the following areas/facilities: …

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The Reality of Preschool Anxiety Disorders

Most people think that younger children can’t have anxiety. They think that because children do not have much of a life experience, what do they have to be anxious about? The truth is very different. Almost 20% of pre-schoolers (aged 3 to 4) have an anxiety condition. Anxiety can be linked with depression and problems with behaviour and sleeping. Due to this, it is important to treat the condition as early as possible. …

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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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Join us at the 2017 Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium

Join us this October 11-13 at the 9th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium  at the Commercial Club in Albury, NSW. Topics Include: Structural Reform Harnessing Digital Information Looking after the rural mental health workforce Integrated Care, physical and mental health Innovative Practices Indigenous Mental Health Child and Youth Mental Health Abstract Submission is now open! Join us as we explore this year’s conference theme of ‘Impacts & Outcomes, Putting People …

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Improving Services for Australians Affected by Forced Adoption

Improving services for Australians affected by forced adoption: Up-skilling and enhancing the health sector In Australia, between the 1940’s and 1980’s, around 250,000 adoptions occurred, and the majority of these are now considered to have been forced. Forced adoption has led to significant, long-term psychological effects, including prolonged grief, relationship difficulties, higher rates of suicidality and mental health disorders. The mothers, fathers and children impacted by these practices have also …

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Dads can suffer depression after childbirth too

No matter how many books you read, nothing really prepares you for the birth of your first child. And that goes for dads, as well as mums. Wilfred Zee, 31, from Queensland thought he was prepared before the whirlwind arrived. “We had a natural birth with our first child, Nathan, and didn’t realise anything was wrong until two days later. My wife was trying to get out of bed to …

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Who calls the Shots?

The study of the regulation of harmful but legal products and services including alcohol, tobacco and gambling provides a fascinating dynamic insight into the tension between “public” good and “private” interest that the latter now tend to defer to so called “libertarian” aggressive groups to progress their causes. Since May 2015, it has become clearer how deeply entrenched the alcohol lobby remains with the NSW and other state and territory …

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