The truth about mental health within gay communities

Young gay and bisexual men stand a greater risk for mental health issues than straight men. The results of a new study revealed mental health issues varied greatly among men who have sex with men (MSM), but high levels of income and living with a male partner decreased the likelihood of men suffering from depression or anxiety. Conducted in the United Kingdom and released in the Journal of Public Health, the …

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Patterns of use for mental health treatment in Australia

A new publication released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics provides insight into how Australians used mental health related services and medications in 2011. It was produced as part of the Mental Health Services-Census Data Integration Project, on behalf of the National Mental Health Commission. The publication Patterns of Use of Mental Health Services and Prescription Medications, 2011 examines Commonwealth subsidised mental health related services and medications accessed through …

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17th International Mental Health Conference: Abstracts are now open

The 17th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the brand new Sea World Resort Conference Centre on the Gold Coast, QLD from the 11 -12 August 2016. You are invited to join us as we address the conference theme “Guiding the Change” across the broad spectrum of mental disorders. There is an opportunity to take to the platform and have your say. If you would like to speak …

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Depression – 10 natural ways to lift mood

As well as clinical treatment for depression, clinicians may also recommend natural ways to help a patient along the road to optimal health to feel happier and stay well. A healthy diet, exercise, relaxation techniques and doing things that bring joy all contribute towards helping to recover from a depressive mental state. Affecting more than 340 million people in the world, depression is one of the most well-known mental disorders. …

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Every Three Hours Someone In Australia Dies By Suicide

The story that emerges is that things have become worse in terms of Australians dying by suicide — which is already the leading cause of death for those between 15 and 44. And that there are thousands of families, friends and work colleagues who at some moment received that horrifying text message or Facebook status post that someone who they love has died by suicide. Many ask themselves in that …

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The ‘drugs v talking’ debate doesn’t help us understand mental health

Mental health is in the headlines again. In recent weeks, we have had the independent commission report on psychiatric care in England, which concluded that patients should not be treated miles away from their families; the Mental Health Taskforce report, which highlighted a rise in suicides; and the prime minister committing to improving mental health services. But it was the BBC’s In the Mind series that reignited a longstanding debate …

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Occupational suicide – the dark side to Australia’s workforce

Australia’s workforce is in the throes of a dark and deadly suicide scourge, prompting employers to take urgent steps to address their workplace mental health. In the wake of another suicide in the Victorian Police force, employers need to wake up and see that issues such as bullying, harassment and workplace stress are taking an often deadly toll on their employees. HR professionals need to do more to spot the …

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Mental health crisis deepens for emergency workers

At least five Victorian police officers, paramedics and firefighters are taking leave for psychological injuries every week, as new data shows worsening mental health among frontline staff. WorkSafe statistics obtained by Fairfax Media reveal the number of insurance claims for mental health injuries have surged 25 per cent in five years for emergency services personnel, with 305 claims lodged in 2015 alone. Psychological injuries now account for almost a quarter …

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Seclusion, restraint of mental health patients can fuel fears, ACT forum told

Locking a distressed person in a padded cell when they are hearing voices could be the worst possible treatment, a conference in Canberra has been told. But the ACT is leading the nation in changing the culture of isolating mental health patients. The practice of seclusion and restraint of mental health patients was put under the spotlight at a national forum hosted by the ACT at the Shine Dome. The …

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Australian Workers – Unsatisfied and Stressed Out

New survey reveals insights into the psychological health of Australian workers A new survey conducted by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) has shed light on elevated stress levels in the workplace in the past 12 months and its impact on workers’ mental and physical health. The Stress and Wellbeing in Australia in 2013: A state-of-the-nation survey– released today to mark the start of National Psychology Week (10 – 16 November) …

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