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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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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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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 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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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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7 Foods to Improve Your Mental Health and Wellness

“You are what you eat” – every person at least once in their life. We all know the benefits of fresh, healthy food on the body – but how about the mind? Check out our top seven picks to help feed your brain and improve your mental health and wellness. 7. Oily fish We’ve always heard that fish is good ‘brain food’ – but why? Let us introduce the wonders of …

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The Importance of Sleep for Better Mental Health

A popular saying teaches us that “it’s hard to sleep when your heart is at war with your mind.” Numerous studies have reached the same conclusion; they just phrased it in less poetical terms. The sleep science underlines the close relationship between rest and our mental health and tries to make us aware of the importance of proper repose for our body and brain. Poor sleep and sleep deprivation can …

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Improved Mental Health Training for Undergraduate Nurses

Every year, around four million Australians experience a mental health condition and they deserve high quality health care, whenever and wherever they need it and regardless of where they live. Nurses and midwives are the largest professional group in the health workforce and are on the frontline of our healthcare services across Australia. An important strategy to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Australians is to ensure that all …

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