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In his new memoir ‘Born to Run,’ Bruce Springsteen details his lifelong battle with depression. Norsk Telegrambyra AS/Reuters

Why Bruce Springsteen’s depression revelation matters

With stigma about mental illness still pervasive, The Boss' frank admission helps shatter some of the most common stereotypes about depression.
Time spent weeding, potting and pruning can be as good for the gardener as it is for the garden. Image from www.shutterstock.com

The science is in: gardening is good for you

A growing body of research literature suggests time spent gardening is as good for the gardener as it is for the garden.
Until 2013, laws in every Australian state and territory allowed people to be forced to have psychiatric treatment even if they competently refused it. from shutterstock.com

Should we be forcing people with severe mental illness to have treatment they don’t want?

Until 2013, Australian state and territory laws allowed forcing people into psychiatric treatment if it was thought necessary to protect them from serious harm – even if they competently refused it.
Behavioural activation rivals other therapies and medication in the treatment of depression. Peter Miller/Shutterstock

Explainer: what is behavioural activation for depression?

Behavioural activation aims to increase engagement in activities we value, which boosts our chances of deriving pleasure and a sense of achievement from life.
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.

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