Mental health

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Unlike other chronic diseases, targeted spending on mental health care keeps people in the prime of their lives in the workforce. Sebastian Gauert/Shutterstock

Mental health care spending saves money, and that’s worth investing in

There's a growing disconnect between grassroots awareness of mental illness and decisive action towards providing the full spectrum of care for those in need.
The economic cost of workplace injury and death equals about 4% of the world’s gross domestic product. Jens Schott Knudsen/Flickr

Dying for work: the changing face of work-related injuries

Work has a very important role in health and well-being but it can also be a major risk factor for poor health, disability, and even death.
The current level of mental health services funding mean we are already failing people who need help. Davi Ozolin/Flickr

Mental health services need more money, not a reshuffle

A proposal to re-direct a billion dollars of funding from acute hospital mental health services to the community risks causing a major destabilisation of the public mental health system.
The process of therapy is challenging and takes courage. Photographee.eu/Shutterstock

Explainer: what is cognitive behaviour therapy?

If you or someone you care about experience an emotional problem it won't be long before you hear that cognitive behaviour therapy, or CBT, is probably the treatment of choice.
Most Australian states are having to build more prisons to keep up with soaring rates of imprisonment. AAP/Dave Hunt

The state of imprisonment in Australia: it’s time to take stock

In a new series on imprisonment trends, issues and policies across Australia, The Conversation asks why are imprisonment rates soaring, to what purpose, and with what financial and human consequences?

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