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Poor knowledge of mental illness and lack of access to mental health care lead many families in Indonesia to chain mentally ill people in shackles. Reuters/Beawiharta

How can Indonesia free the mentally ill from shackles once and for all?

Thousands of people with mental illness are shackled in Indonesia even though the practice has long been banned. Why does the practice persist and how can we eliminate it once and for all?
Sleep problems can also create a loop of mental illness. Alyssa L. Miller/Flickr

Explainer: what’s the link between insomnia and mental illness?

The relationship between insomnia and mental illness is bidirectional: about 50% of adults with insomnia have a mental health problem; up to 90% of adults with depression have sleep problems.
Marital resemblance is the degree to which we marry people who resemble us in some characteristic or another. olga_murillo/Flickr

When it comes to mental health, like attracts like

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry this week sheds light on the influence of psychiatric disorders on relationships and mating.
Music affords opportunities for emotions and connection like little else. Nicki Varkevisser

Questions to ask your teenager about music and mental health

Most young people rely on music to make them feel better, and have had multiple experiences of this working. But if someone you know is struggling with mental health problems it’s worth having a chat.
There are definite costs of mental illness in the workplace but the return on investment in a mentally healthy workplace can be a big boost to the bottom line. Rob/flickr

Australians are spending more on mental health services and employers need to take notice

New data shows Australians are spending more on mental health services and with costs to business in the millions, it's time employers realised good mental health is good for the bottom line too.
Fibromyalgia can be made more difficult when the pain doesn’t seem to have a visible cause. Silvia Sala/Flickr

Hidden and unexplained: feeling the pain of fibromyalgia

Unexplained, chronic pain known as fibromyalgia affects up to 5% of the population. Yet there are no effective treatment options for the millions for whom each day begins with persistent pain.
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. LoloStock/Shutterstock

Mental health changes should be judged on outcomes, not promises

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.
Easton Woodhead has been found not guilty of murder on the basis of mental impairment, but he did not walk free from the court. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

How the insanity defence against a murder charge works

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.

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