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Clinical research has established exercise as a safe and effective intervention to counteract the adverse physical and psychological effects of cancer and its treatment. The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia is the first to recommend exercise as part of regular cancer care. (Unsplash/curtis macnewton)

Exercise is medicine, and doctors are starting to prescribe it

From weekend walks with your doctor to free gym memberships, there is a global movement afoot.
Antidepressants bring in almost $17 billion a year for the pharmaceutical industry, and yet science shows their benefit to be small. Natural therapies such as diet, exercise, light therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy are just as effective. (Shutterstock)

Why natural depression therapies are better than pills

These four “natural” therapies for depression have rigorous, peer-reviewed scientific studies to support their use.
Screening tools are available to help health practitioners and individuals to detect mental health problems. But Indonesia still needs to ensure people with mental health problems are treated. www.shutterstock.com

260 million people and less than 1000 psychiatrists, Indonesia’s mental health worker shortage

Indonesia should start investing in mental health care and ensuring that each Puskesmas has enough human resources to detect, treat and care for people with mental disorders.
Approximately 11 per cent of Canadian mothers report consuming alcohol during pregnancy, which can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in their children. (Shutterstock)

The truth about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

With an estimated prevalence of four per cent, fetal alcohol syndrome disorder (FASD) is more common than autism. And yet is it surrounded by myth and stigma.
Getting a good dose of nature can boost your mental health. Marion Michelle

Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and mental health

Beyond medication and psychological treatments, there are steps all of us can take to alleviate stress, improve our mood and take care of our mental health. Here are five to get you started.
Death by suicide isn’t always related to depression. Relationship, job and legal problems can give rise to feelings of hopelessness. Six screening questions may help. PHotograhee.eu

6 questions you can ask a loved one to help screen for suicide risk

Death by suicide has increased at an alarming rate in recent decades. With September being Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, an expert offers screening questions that even laypeople can use.
Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease presents unique challenges, when a patient is still working or parenting children.The personality changes involved can result in job loss or divorce before a diagnosis is made. (Shutterstock)

Is that ‘midlife crisis’ really Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer's disease affects many people under the age of 65. The 'young-onset' version of the disease is often misdiagnosed as depression or dismissed as a midlife crisis.
Boosting someone else may deliver a mood boost to you too. Mohamed Nohassi/Unsplash

Teens who feel down may benefit from picking others up

Psychology researchers found that daily acts of kindness were linked to increases in positive mood – especially for teens who felt depressed.
Scientific pursuits need to be coupled with a humanist tradition — to highlight not just how psychedelics work, but why that matters. (Shutterstock)

The real promise of LSD, MDMA and mushrooms for medical science

Once associated with mind-control experiments and counter-cultural defiance, psychedelics now show great promise for mental health treatments and may prompt a re-evaluation of the scientific method.

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