Women Dominate Mental Health

There are no doubt still way too many professions where men dominate. Mental health does not seem to be one of them. Besides obvious gender skews towards men in psychiatry and sometimes in senior health management, male consumers need more male nurses and allied health. Sorry to mansplain but sexism is defined by the Oxford […]

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Violence against women and mental health

Violence against women is still an alarming problem and leads to significant mental health issues for victims. Published in the Lancet Psychiatry, Oram, Khalifeh and Howard (2016) see violence against women as a violation of human rights and a public health issue. These authors call for improvements in the identification and treatment of victims and […]

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May 18, 2020

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Valentine’s Madness

Valentine’s Day is seen by many as an invention of companies like Hallmark to make more money. The original Valentine seems to have been two people of that name both decapitated by Romans after healing a child. One St Valentine was seen to be defying Roman orders disallowing marriage among young men by performing weddings […]

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February 14, 2020

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New Decade, New Me

I am not one to set new years’ resolutions as they are always quickly broken and gag at those ‘new year, new me’ posts. Even so, a new decade seems like a different situation entirely and time to reflect and plan ahead. I have had a terrible last few years because of my severe mental […]

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January 1, 2020

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Tradies Health Month 2019

Yet another specific health month? Yep, this one is specifically for tradies and is meant to run a whole month. Tradies National Health Month 2019 seems to be solely about physical injuries at work neglecting clear mental health matters. “Aussie tradies make up 30 per cent of the Australian workforce, yet they account for a […]

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August 1, 2019

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A clown and a comedian walk into an asylum… What is the role of humour in improving mental health? When severely depressed it’s hard to laugh at anything but if you can, it can really get those positive brain chemicals flowing. These chemicals include serotonin and dopamine which are the targets of a lot of […]

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April 18, 2019

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Regretfully Unwell

I am constantly thinking about really embarassing or completely traumatic past experiences. When I do, I make an audible sigh or cringe. Some of these are what I call ‘micro-regrets’ because if I explained them to someone else, they wouldn’t think of them as a big deal. For me though, I have so many of […]

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February 19, 2019

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Australia Day and Mental Health

How does Australia Day relate to your mental health? For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, ‘Invasion Day’/ ‘Survival Day’ represents the start of constant intergenerational trauma. Perhaps because of this, for some Australians it also represents the guilt of privilege. For me, Australia Day reminds me of many teenage years enjoying music festivals in the […]

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January 26, 2019

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Merry Mad Xmas

Christmas can be a very hard time for everyone. In some communities such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the holiday time can be significantly increase suicide risk. Christmas is a manic time for most. Being around family who you may not see at other times of the year can raise remind of old […]

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December 24, 2018

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Lack of beds a key election issue

Since 2010 Australian politics has been on a knife-edge. You never know if the prime minister, or even government, will be the same from one day to the next. With the by-election in Wentworth up in the air who knows if the Government’s miniscule minority will survive a loss there? Amidst this chaos the coalition […]

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September 26, 2018