In men alone, the risk of being hospitalised due to suicidal behaviour one year after losing a parent was 218% greater than in people who hadn’t lost a parent.
After battling drug manufacturers and distributors in court for years, local and state governments are about to receive a windfall that could expand access to treatments that can save lives.
Social security reforms are needed that include support for the long-term and chronically unemployed and informal workers.
One in three children experiences abuse or neglect. These adverse events increase lifelong risks for chronic diseases and mental health issues, creating a public health hazard hiding in plain sight.
Some psychedelic drugs – paired with therapy – hold great potential for helping sufferers of PTSD, depression and other mental health disorders.
The multibillion-dollar settlement will trigger the release of troves of documents that may shine new light on what caused the opioid crisis.
The words we choose to talk to and talk about individuals who use substances are critical, as they contribute to how drug policy, substance use treatment and societal understanding are framed.
Our mental health and economy are suffering from this pandemic. Parent support programs are a proven way to improve both.
During Mental Health Week, let’s look at why some people, such as those experiencing depression or substance dependency, struggle to make decisions like everyone else.
Buddy circles expand on the concept of a designated driver, encompassing other substances and risks — including COVID-19 and social media — to build a harm mitigation strategy for the 21st century.
As we clear the path towards a COVID-normal, mental illness prevention must be prioritised. Including it as a focus of the National Preventive Health Strategy could be a start.
The brain’s immune system cells (called microglia) have already been shown to be involved in addiction to other substances.
Federal incentives would enhance community support for those with mental illness and would avert police engagement.
Experts recommend adopted children be told about their origins, no matter how difficult the circumstances, but doing so is tricky for adoptive parents.
Aggressive marketing of prescription opioids by pharmaceutical companies provided doctors with scant information about potential harmful effects.
Parents’ substance use affects children’s physical, psychological, cognitive, social and economic well-being, a new review of the research has found.
Ambulance call-outs associated with the misuse of pregabalin (Lyrica) have increased tenfold in Victoria since 2012, mirroring an increase in prescription rates.
Glues, paints, spray deodorants and fuels are all abused for their psychoactive effects.
A recent study to assess the health benefits of alcohol was halted after investigators were found to have ties to the alcohol industry. Are health benefits overstated and risks underplayed?
Despite the controversy over the graphic content, this Netlix drama could be a lifeline for young people.