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A farmer might be more likely to chat to her hairdresser about the tough time she’s having than seeking professional help. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Hairdressers in rural Australia end up being counsellors too

Professionals in rural and regional Australia such as hairdressers, accountants and bank managers often play the role of counsellors too.
An electroconvulsive therapy machine is seen at an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London in 2012. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

Electroconvulsive therapy: A history of controversy, but also of help

Critics have portrayed ECT as a form of medical abuse. Yet many psychiatrists, and more importantly, patients, consider it to be safe and effective. Few medical treatments have such disparate images.
Around half of young people are heavy social media users, with one in four teen users constantly connected. garryknight/flickr

How to be a healthy user of social media

How you use social media can provide warning signs of depression or anxiety.
Risk-taking was the only gender norm in the study associated with both positive and negative mental health outcomes. from shutterstock.com

Men who want power over women likely to have poorer mental health: study

Men who see themselves as playboys, and as having power over women, are more prone to poor mental health than those who conform less to traditionally masculine norms, according to a new study.
People given taurine had significantly improved overall mental health symptoms. from shutterstock.com

What is taurine and how can it improve psychosis?

People given taurine had significantly improved overall mental health symptoms, including those of psychosis, compared to those given placebo.
Some mental health apps claim to track your mood over time, while others claim to “cure” your mental ill health with hypnosis. Adobe

How to find a good app for mental health

While some respectable organisations have lists of recommended apps, very few of these apps are supported by experimental evidence.
More young Australians face the daunting task of trying to live a ‘normal’ life while dealing with the after-effects of cancer. Greg Raines/Unsplash

Life interrupted: young people need help moving forward after cancer

If you’re an Australian teenager or young adult diagnosed with cancer, there’s good news: overall survival rates are good and getting better. But what can you expect from life after cancer treatment?
Many people have turned to Adele in times of trouble. But for people with the symptoms of clinical depression, sad music can do more harm than good. Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

Sad music and depression: does it help?

Plenty of people listen to sad music to make themselves feel better. But new research shows that for people with depression, it can do the opposite – triggering a cycle of negative thoughts.

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