Depression doesn’t lead to heart disease, as some people suggest, but it’s a sign that you might be at risk of it.
If you're 45 or older and have depression, new research suggests you may need to ask for a heart check when you next see your doctor.
Mental healthcare in the UK needs more integrated solutions, not patch-ups.
A key focus has been on strengthening primary health care to reduce demand on hospitals, but there is little evidence of progress.
New Zealand's health service provides universal and free access to health care, but inequities remain stubbornly high.
One in ten students drop out of uni in their first year.
Indigenous children who participate in AFL have better physical and mental health than those who don’t.
Much has been written about success of Indigenous players at elite levels of the game. But perhaps the more important story is one of Indigenous participation in grass roots and community football.
Cannabis is the most widely available and most used illegal substance in the world, and Canadian youth are among the top users. Parents and their kids need to prepare for the day it becomes legal in Canada in 2018.
Parents can help protect their kids from cannabis abuse by openly discussing the health risks, the pleasures and the responsible ways to use the drug.
As a community we need proactive, positive strategies to reduce youth self-harm and suicide.
Youth suicide has reached a ten year high, but suicide and self-harm are still taboo topics in schools.
It’s a long road to recovery.
After the storm is over, it's time to rebuild – and natural disasters can affect survivors' health for years to come.
When this is home, bad weather can make a bad situation much worse.
Extreme weather is hard enough for those with a home. But imagine losing everything you own in a storm - that's the experience of many homeless people forced to live out in the open during wild weather.
Those who grow up in toxic environments are up to 12 times more likely to experience addiction, depression and to try to commit suicide.
World Suicide Prevention Day draws attention to the rising tide of teenagers taking their own lives. "Toxic socialization" involving emotional and physical abuse in families is a major cause.
Social connectedness supports our physical and mental health.
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Social connectedness is at least as good for your health as quitting smoking or exercise. So what is it and how can you get some of it?
A happier, healthier work life is easy to achieve.
Telling it like it is?
We need to revisit tuition fees. The health of Britain’s youth and the country’s future place in the world may well depend on it.
Many health professionals don’t know how to support transgender young people when they seek help.
We all have a responsibility to improve the well-being of Australian young people, and the current rates of poor mental health in our trans young people aren't good enough.
Traditional medicine should be recognised in the treatment of mental disorders.
Traditional medicine is believed to be accessible and affordable but should be made complimentary to contemporary medicine in the treatment of mental disorders.
Mental health continues to be a problem among sexual minority teenagers.
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Despite progress on LGBT rights, improved psychological well-being of sexual minority young people is yet to be seen.
Generic plotting of ‘green space’ on an urban plan does not target mental wellbeing unless it is designed to engage us with the sights, sounds and smells of nature.
Successful parks and urban green spaces encourage us to linger, to rest, to walk for longer. That, in turn, provides the time to maximise the restorative mental benefits.
In Australia, same-sex attracted young people are six times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than their heterosexual peers.
Same-sex attracted people have poorer mental health than their heterosexual peers, but In jurisdictions that have legalised same-sex marriage, the gap between the two is much smaller.
Indigenous research participants described a connection to the land as fundamental to their physical, social, psychological and spiritual health.
One First Nations community stands out in northern Ontario, for its low rates of suicide and other mental health challenges. The residents say it's all about their connection to the land.
When teen romance crashes, adults often see it as trivial or "character building." The truth is, breakups are a major cause of suicide, drug use and self-harm.