Work should not be our primary focus.
This aquarium at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne helps reframe hospitals as exciting hubs of activity with things to do and friends to meet.
Shannon McGrath/Advanced Aquarium Technologiess
The design of children's hospitals and other health facilities for young people have come a long way from the institutions of the past. Now, they're a place to reduce stress and support mental health.
Access to the shoreline is great, but what about places not on the coast?
Béju (Happy City, Street Plan, University of Virginia)
Research into public health benefits of integrating nature into cities has focused on green spaces. New studies suggest water features are just as useful and can piggyback on other infrastructure goals.
One symptom of problematic smartphone includes feeling anxious when the phone isn’t available.
'Problematic smartphone use' has similar features to a behavioural addiction – and may potentially lead to poorer mental health.
The Victorian government has pledged to adopt all recommendations made in the interim report of the state’s mental health royal commission.
The interim report of Victoria's mental health royal commission makes some worthwhile recommendations. But if we want to see broad-reaching system change, the state can't do it alone.
The vast majority of bushfire fighters in Australia are volunteers. And their job is only getting harder.
Volunteer numbers are shrinking in rural areas, leaving fewer people to battle bushfires. We need to change our thinking about volunteering to recruit more firefighters and keep the ones we have.
Some people fear we’re interacting more with our phones at the expense of our loved ones.
Ana Blazic Pavlovic/Shutterstock.com
While there are negative impacts, many of the risks of too much screen time are overblown. A scholar who has studied the topic for years offers some tips for finding the right balance.
New research shows that men living in the most deprived areas were 51% more likely to experience depression than those living in areas that were not deprived.
No, a DNA swab can’t tell you if you’re gay, or likely to be obese, or depressed. And it can be damaging to believe so.
Genetic apps claim to reveal fundamental insights about your health, well-being, and even intellect. But it's not just spurious science - believing these traits are genetic can have harmful consequences.
Nurses from Cefn Coed Hospital walk across the grounds.
Swansea Bay University Health Board Heritage Team, courtesy of Swansea Evening Post
A portrait of Cefn Coed Hospital, which operated in Wales between 1932-2018, provides unique insight into life at a mental hospital.
Between 2001 and 2016, 373 Australian veterans took their lives.
Veterans are at higher risk of mental illness than the rest of the Australian population. Many of them are seeking help, but the way care is provided to this group must consider their unique needs.
Dale Palmer prepares his home in NSW for the bushfires. The decision to stay and defend one’s property requires a person to be mentally, as well as physically, prepared.
In catastrophic fire conditions, leaving early is the only safe option. But in other conditions, one thing that's often overlooked in decisions to stay or go is how mentally tough you need to be.
Will Pucovski recently opened up about dealing with mental health issues, a message the media and the sporting community welcomed with warmth and understanding.
AAP Image/Dave Hunt
Rising Australian cricket star Will Pucovski is one of a recent trio of professional cricketers to take a break from playing to boost their mental well-being.
The trait can bring mental strength and resilience.
Darren Spencer at a memorial for his childhood friend Saheed Vassell, a 34-year-old father of a teenage son, fatally shot by police in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, April 5, 2018.
AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews
Police are almost always the first responders in cases of mental health crisis. Too often these encounters turn bad, even deadly. But police were never meant to be in charge of US mental health care.
Vanguard Laundry Services in Toowoomba, Queensland, has provided jobs to about 78 people with histories of mental illness and long-term unemployment.
Mental illness makes it harder to get and to keep a job. We need more employers prepared to give people with mental health challenges a go.
Who’s a good doggie? New dog owners benefit from cuddles, meeting other dog owners and more physical exercise.
Cuddles and slobbery kisses, meeting other dog owners in the park and a general lift in mood all likely help new dog owners feel less lonely, our new study suggests.
Grant, one of the men interviewed in Happy Sad Man. Each of the five men the film focusses on is extremely articulate in describing his experiences with mental illness.
Photo: Shannon Glasson
This new optimistic and empathetic documentary from Genevieve Bailey looks at the mental health of five Australian men.
Having better access to mental health support could be one reason for lower self-harm rates among Danish teens.
Researchers found that between 2008 and 2016, self-harm rates among Danish teenagers actually decreased.
NICE guidelines suggest that boys who come to come to A&E because of self-harm should be admitted to hospital. Often, this isn't happening.