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People with a mental health condition are more likely to be smokers. From shutterstock.com

No butts – it’s time to help people with mental health conditions quit smoking

Smoking rates are high among Australians with a mental illness. Quitting is likely to improve their physical and mental health; supporting them to do so should be part of mental health care.
Books such as Ayelet Waldman’s A Really Good Day and Michael Pollan’s How to Change Your Mind have drawn popular attention to the practise of ‘microdosing’ psychedelics. (Shutterstock)

‘Microdosers’ of LSD and magic mushrooms are wiser and more creative

According to new research, individuals who take small regular doses of psychedelics such as LSD and psilocybin mushrooms score higher on mental health, well-being and creativity.
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.
Perfectionists are rarely satisfied with their performance or appearance and engage in harsh self-criticism when their efforts fall short. Perfectionists are also more likely to develop the eating disorder bulimia nervosa, according to new research. (Shutterstock)

Perfectionists more likely to develop bulimia: New research

Perfectionists have a higher chance of developing bulimia nervosa. Rather than treating symptoms of binge eating and vomiting, therapists should address this underlying personality trait.
Despite numerous inquiries and hundreds of recommendations in mental health over the years, little has changed. from www.shutterstock.com

If we’re to have another inquiry into mental health, it should look at why the others have been ignored

The key challenge in mental health is finding the political will and the financial and community resources to do what has already been described in thousands of pages and hundreds of recommendations.

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