The government has acknowledged that just sending people off for a set number of psychology sessions is an inadequate response, particularly for people with more complex conditions.
The reforms announced today have the potential to change this appalling situation. But ultimately they should be judged on the outcomes they achieve for patients.
The default mode.
Rest is an elusive concept, but new research will hopefully nail it down
Maybe I should just go talk to them?
A drug to treat loneliness may be on the cards. But would we want it?
Gardening can tackle stress, low self-esteem and depression.
What was that supposed to mean?
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These innocuous-on-the-surface comments and actions take a psychological toll on marginalized groups. Here's why they're a part of campus debates on race.
Mental illness is about brain function, not individual weakness.
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Severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and dementia are disorders that are ultimately traced to brain function, and not the manifestations of individual weaknesses.
Loneliness is not just about whether there are people around.
The unpleasant feelings of loneliness are subjective. Researchers have found they are less related to the amount of time spent alone and more related to the quality of relationships.
Easton Woodhead has been found not guilty of murder on the basis of mental impairment, but he did not walk free from the court.
Despite the many people with mental illness who go to prison, successful defences of mental impairment are rare. But this is not a 'get out of jail free' card and should be more accessible.
Men are more likely to use cannabis because of external factors such as peer use, and women for internal factors such as anxiety.
Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug with more than 181 million consumers worldwide, three quarters of whom are men. Why do men and women use cannabis?
Early support could save lives and allow Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disability to live with dignity in their communities.
Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disability are managed mostly by police, courts, prison and hospitals. It's costing us millions, when kinder and cheaper alternatives exist.
Katy Gallagher delivers her maiden speech in the Senate.
Former ACT chief minister now senator Katy Gallagher admits she has found the jump into the bigger political pool challenging.
Young asylum seekers need stability... or the consequences can be longlasting
Recovering from Ebola can mean disability, stigma and the threat of the disease returning – but authorities are starting to act.
The growth of megacities and the mental health challenges this presents requires a new way of thinking.
Saying you're 'a little bit OCD' isn't helpful, but neither is denying the experiences we share.
Easy to access, hard to prove.
If apps aren't proven to make users' mental health better they could end up making it worse.
Therapy, drugs or exercise? The depression treatment journey can be difficult to navigate.
So you're depressed. You know this because a health profession has told you so, or because there is no mistaking the symptoms. Perhaps you've been depressed before. What now?
Professor Pat Dudgeon and Tony Jones, speaking on Q&A, October 5, 2015.
Q&A presenter Tony Jones asked psychologist and research fellow Pat Dudgeon if Indigenous youth suicide rates across the top half of Australia are the highest in the world. We check the research evidence.
People who believe their problems have biogenetic causes tend to opt for biomedical treatments.
Biological and genetic explanations of mental illness can weaken people’s sense of control and optimism, and create a bias against effective psychological interventions.
Trichotillomania is a psychological disorder that leads people to compulsively and uncontrollably pull out their own hair.
People with trichotillomania often pull to the point of causing complete hair loss even though that's never intended or desired. And this eventually leaves them feeling depressed and isolated.