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Waking up to this every morning would surely give you more will to live. Unsplash/jonathan daniels

Four ways having a pet increases your lifespan

Pet owners will often swear their beloved pooch or moggie does wonders for their wellbeing, and now we have empirical proof.
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Is homelessness a matter of choice?

The leader of Windsor council wants the streets cleared of homeless people ahead of the royal wedding – saying some people are choosing to sleep rough.
Kids shouldn’t be expected to self-regulate the amount of time they spend on the device. And parents are finding it tougher and tougher to impose limits. Vitalinka/Shutterstock.com

Does Apple have an obligation to make the iPhone safer for kids?

The problem isn't kids owning smartphones. But when daily use exceeds two hours a day, mental health issues start to crop up.
Want a mentally healthy 2018? Don’t resolve to go on a diet. Unsplash/Cerys Lowe

New Year’s resolutions for better mental health

Usually our resolutions are related to our physical health: going on a diet, joining a gym or drinking less. But what about our mental health?
James Stewart and Donna Reed in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ Wikimedia Commons

The holiday-suicide myth and the intractability of popular falsehoods

Just as facts are stubborn, myths in the era of social media are also proving to be as well. And, that can be harmful, particularly when it comes to the media reporting on holiday suicides. Here's why.
At some point, it stopped being all fun and games. lassedesignen/Shutterstock.com

A grim year for the smartphone: 5 essential reads

With studies from the past year exploring the relationship between smartphone use and mental health, sleep, learning and romance, a more nuanced portrait of the device has emerged.
Mental disorders affected one in seven students and were associated with being less connected and engaged at school, having lower attendance rates, and poorer academic outcomes than their peers. Shutterstock

Mental disorders linked to poor NAPLAN performance in Australian schools

A national survey has shown Australian school students with a mental disorder can be almost three years behind in their studies by the time they sit their final NAPLAN test in year nine.
Actors are often required to tap profound emotions in their performance, which is one of the reasons for poor mental health in the industry. Shutterstock.com

Out of character: how acting puts a mental strain on performers

While we appreciate an actor's craft on the stage, the deep emotions they draw on in performance take their toll on mental health. Actors need to "take off" their characters to return to normal life.
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People with disability have a lot to offer employers

Instead of trying to help people with disability overcome their limitations, we should be harnessing their strengths in the workplace. This will improve their health and mental well-being.

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