President Trump prayed with two students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Feb. 21, 2018 before a discussion on gun violence. On Sept. 9, 2019, he floated an idea to monitor people with mental illness.
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To understand the panic about mass shootings and whether mental illness plays a role, it is important to look to the past. A history of stigma and fear contributes to people blaming mental illness.
It’s important to find a psychologist you connect with and who seems to understand you.
Priscilla Du Preez
Psychologists use a number of different methods, including cognitive behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and behavioural activation. Here's how they work and who they might suit best.
Just like the memorials after a shooting, some myths are bound to appear.
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Mentally ill, white supremacist video game-playing men are pushing rates of mass homicide ever higher in the US? The real data is more nuanced than common misperceptions suggest.
Caring for a loved one with a mental illness can affect a person’s mental health.
People suffering from mental illness face many challenges, but we don't always notice the loved ones who do much of the caring behind the scenes.
Many people exit the mental healthcare system into homelessness, only to return repeatedly to hospital-based care, and sometimes the prison system.
Without a place to live it is nearly impossible to take care of your mental health needs.The upcoming Royal Commission should recognise the connection between stable housing and mental health.
Socioeconomic disadvantage is a known risk factor for 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 today’s digital age, we’re losing the ability to switch off from our work.
Has anyone close to you asked you to cut down on your work? Do you feel guilty that you're not spending enough time with your friends, family or even yourself? It might be time for change.
Research has shown psychedelic drugs can have a positive effect on a range of mental health conditions, but there are side effects.
Australia is about to start its first trial of psychedelic drugs for the treatment of anxiety and depression. If the results are positive, this could transform the way we treat mental illness.
A man walks in a back alley in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, February 2019. More people fatally overdosed in British Columbia last year compared with 2017 despite efforts to combat the province’s public health emergency.
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A policy response focused on reducing prescription opioids will not resolve North America's opioid crisis. And it is hurting many adults who live with otherwise unbearable chronic pain.
It’s best to lower your dose of anti-depressants gradually, rather than stopping them suddenly.
If you're ready to come off antidepressants, it's important to tread carefully. About one in five people experience withdrawals, and it's possible to fall back into symptoms of depression, too.
We assume that people in Nordic countries have a better standard of mental health than anywhere else, but that assumption is based on a limited way of measuring it.
Some men don’t realise their abusive behaviour constitutes domestic violence. This needs to change.
What's often missing from domestic violence responses are investments and strategies to stop men perpetrating violence in the first place.
Digital approaches mean people can access therapies from their own home.
Online therapies for mental health can be as effective as talking therapies. If we want to expand access to mental health care, it's important we embrace digital approaches.
Treating somebody at risk of developing a mental health disorder may improve their outcomes later on.
Early intervention is a proven way to address the burden of mental ill health. We just need to better understand who is at risk of developing a mental disorder – and how best to treat them.
Currently only half of people with depression access potentially adequate treatment, according to one research study. Digital devices could help.
Using smartphones and wearable devices to identify mental health symptoms and deliver psychotherapy will allow more people to access quality care, according to one psychiatrist.
Research shows we all hold negative stereotypes; once we accept this, we can start to making positive change.
Awareness campaigns can only go so far to stopping the stigmatization of mental health. Change occurs once we stop shaming ourselves and others for our bias.
Some people have an emotional reaction to many of their possessions, making it a challenge to get rid of anything.
While the KonMari method will help many people declutter their houses and reassess what they really need, for people with clinical hoarding disorder the process is much more complicated.
Crowds assemble at Melbourne’s shrine of remembrance on Anzac Day, April 25, 2018,
Australia is spending cast amounts of money commemorating the war dead, but it's time we took better care of ex-servicepeople who are still living.
Studies consistently show mental health does not in and of itself lead to violent behaviour.
Not all terrorist incidents have mental illness as a causal factor, and most violent acts are committed by people without a mental illness.
People with a mental health condition are more likely to be smokers.
Smoking rates are high among Australians with a mental illness. Quitting is likely to improve their physical and mental health; supporting them to do so should be part of mental health care.