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Socioeconomic disadvantage is a known risk factor for mental illness. From shutterstock.com

When it’s easier to get meds than therapy: how poverty makes it hard to escape mental illness

In Australia, the highest rates of mental illness can be found in the poorest sections of society. But poor people with mental disorders often struggle to access the care they need.
In 2018, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love went public with his panic attacks and struggles with anxiety. Reuters/Kim Klement-USA Today Sports

Why it matters that more athletes are talking about their mental health

Because professional athletes are thought to be paragons of physical and mental toughness, their psychological health has long been a taboo topic. That's starting to change.
Mental illness is more common among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders than in the non-Indigenous population. From shutterstock.com

‘Have you been feeling your spirit was sad?’ Culture is key when assessing Indigenous Australians’ mental health

A culturally specific screening tool for depression has been successfully tested among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. This is why it's so important we start rolling it out.
Comprensive sexual education curricula in school are essential – to teach youth how to be responsible digital citizens and to keep them safe. (Shutterstock)

Teenage sexting linked to increased sexual behaviour, drug use and poor mental health

Youth who are sexting are four times more likely to be having sex. They are five times more likely to have had multiple sexual partners and twice as likely not to be using contraception.
Physical activity is linked to better mental health, but doing too much appears to have the opposite effect, as does too much of a sedentary lifestyle. It is better to alternate between sitting and standing. Shutterstock

Moving more and sitting less is good for the mind as well as the body

A new study shows that moderate to intense physical activity — such as playing soccer or running — for up to 50 minutes per day is associated with better mental health.
You might just be getting better at the game you’re practicing. Malcolm Lightbody/Unsplash

Are brain games mostly BS?

There are reasons to be skeptical, of both the quality of the evidence presented so far and the questionable assumptions that underlie claims of improved cognitive function after brain training.
Researchers are testing an equity-based model in emergency departments, mental health agencies and hospital units. (Shutterstock)

Equity in health care improves people’s health

When care is equity-oriented, patients report fewer depression and trauma symptoms, less chronic pain and improved quality of life.
New Zealand’s pledge to spend NZ$1.9 billion on mental health in the next five years includes extra nurses in schools to help 5,600 more secondary students. from www.shutterstock.com

Mental health wins record funding in New Zealand’s first ‘well-being budget’

The New Zealand government has put a record NZ$1.9 billion mental health package at the centre of its well-being budget. It's a welcome step in the right direction.

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