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There’s more we can do for mental health in Australia – and it starts with what we eat

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What we eat has a profound impact on the mind, body and brain, yet the power of nutrition and dietetic supports remain largely underutilised within Australia’s mental health care system.  The nation’s peak body for dietetic and nutrition professionals, Dietitians Australia, has released the premier guide to evidence on how nutrition therapy can be harnessed to … Continued

MEDIA RELEASE: A call for a new 10-year workforce framework for the community-managed mental health in NSW

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8 April: Mental Health Coordinating Council and its members urge the NSW Government to commit to investment for the development of a community-managed mental health workforce framework for 2024-2034. “We have identified that the National Mental Health Workforce Strategy 2022-2032 falls short of recognising the critical contribution that the community-managed mental health workforce represents,” says … Continued

New research highlights mental health struggles among Australian primary schoolers and their families

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THURSDAY, 4 APRIL 2024: New research commissioned by HCF, Australia’s largest not-for-profit health fund, has provided a nationally representative snapshot of the challenges faced by primary school-aged children and their families, revealing some concerning findings. Over half (53%) of parents surveyed reported that their primary schooler had displayed mental health challenges in the past 12 … Continued

Study shows questionnaire can better identify complex post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans

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Military mental health services should urgently adopt an internationally recognised trauma questionnaire to better diagnose and treat veterans with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, a new study with Charles Darwin University (CDU) has revealed.  The study tested the validity and reliability of the International Trauma Questionnaire (ITQ) to distinguish between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex … Continued

Smile Like an Optimist: A Real Smile for Everyone

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“It’s hard for people to smile.  Often people only smile superficially. A real smile comes from understanding who we are and who we belong to.” So said BK Janki. I received a reminder of this in a message this week in an email from the Call of the Times Group.  I had the honour of meeting the Brahma Kumari leader Dadi … Continued

What do 692,000 Australians have in common with Vincent Van Gogh?

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People with bipolar disorder can experience periods of mania (extreme highs) and serious depression (extreme lows), sometimes cycling rapidly between them. Impacting men and women equally, bipolar symptoms usually appear in late adolescence and continue throughout life. Artist Vincent Van Gogh was posthumously diagnosed with bipolar disorder following self-reported struggles with ‘melancholy’ and an intense ‘fury of … Continued

Prevent A Suicide: what to say” App wins Innovation Award

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No waiting, medically approved, suicide prevention at no cost to anyone The Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation’s (ASPF) new tool, the  App “Prevent A Suicide: what to say” has won the Suicide Prevention Australia’s 2024 Victorian Innovative Practice and Research Award.  The Life Award was presented on 19 March, recognising this valuable new approach to community-based … Continued

La Trobe academics available to discuss Neurodiversity Celebration Week

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Neurodiversity Celebration Week challenges stereotypes and misconceptions about neurocognitive differences. It aims to transform how Neurodivergent people are perceived and supported by providing schools, universities, and organisations with the opportunity to recognise the many talents and advantages of being Neurodivergent, while creating more inclusive and equitable cultures that celebrate differences and empower every individual.   … Continued