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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

Aquariums, meerkats and gaming screens: how hospital design supports children, young people and their families

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)

‘Blue’ space: Access to water features can boost city dwellers’ mental health

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.
The Victorian government has pledged to adopt all recommendations made in the interim report of the state’s mental health royal commission. From shutterstock.com

To really fix Victoria’s mental health system, we’ll need to bridge the state/Commonwealth divide

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.
Some people fear we’re interacting more with our phones at the expense of our loved ones. Ana Blazic Pavlovic/Shutterstock.com

How to tell if your digital addiction is ruining your life

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.
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. Shutterstock

‘Gay gene’ testing apps aren’t just misleading – they’re dangerous

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.
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. AAP/Darren Pateman

It’s hard to breathe and you can’t think clearly – if you defend your home against a bushfire, be mentally 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

Big men do cry: cricketers are leading the charge for inclusive masculinity

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.
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

To stop police shootings of people with mental health disabilities, I asked them what cops – and everyone – could do to help

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.
Who’s a good doggie? New dog owners benefit from cuddles, meeting other dog owners and more physical exercise. from www.shutterstock.com

Dogs really can chase away loneliness

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.

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