Suicide Prevention

Media release – Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, 21 July 2021 WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO PREVENT SUICIDE Every death by suicide is a devastating loss – for families, for friends, work mates, and for communities. It is important to recognise the reasons people take their own life are complex, and not always connected to mental illness. The Tasmanian Government is working … Continue reading Suicide Prevention

Australia’s porn problem

It was around the time Steve* tried to pressure his third girlfriend into making porn that he realised he had an issue. He had always enjoyed watching porn, the “hardcore stuff”, ever since he first found a magazine stash as a kid. The fact it was hidden gave him an extra little thrill back then. But it’s only been recently the now 31-year-old has started … Continue reading Australia’s porn problem

Reducing social media use and staying active can help fight off winter blues

As the days get colder and shorter, many of us become susceptible to the winter blues. In Tasmania, six to 10 per cent of the population experience some form of winter depression — about 3 per cent will suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is a condition experienced only at certain times of the year, particularly in autumn and winter. While there’s limited research, … Continue reading Reducing social media use and staying active can help fight off winter blues

Popular asthma drug linked to death in Australia

A popular asthma medication commonly prescribed to children has been linked to at least one death in Australia this year, according to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Three reports of a death relating to suicide were lodged with the TGA’s database of adverse events between January and March this year, however it is understood they may all relate to the same case. The drug montelukast, … Continue reading Popular asthma drug linked to death in Australia

Psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors: Who to see for your mental health issues

Nearly half of us will experience a mental illness at some point in our lives. And all of us will go through periods of stress, sadness, grief and conflict. If you or someone you know needs help, call: Lifeline on 13 11 14 Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978 Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 We’re better able to navigate these … Continue reading Psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors: Who to see for your mental health issues

Industry urged to account for mental illness care advances

Life insurers must change their thinking on mental health as treatments advance, a doctor has told a parliamentary joint committee hearing on the industry. Royal Australian College of General Practitioners President Bastian Seidel told the committee mental health is now the most prevalent condition in Australia, overtaking cardiovascular disease and, more recently, dementia. “So, of course, I’m not surprised there are quite significant claims based … Continue reading Industry urged to account for mental illness care advances

‘The scariest moment of my life’: facing detainment in a mental health ward

Sophie had experienced depression before, but last year it got really, really bad. “[It was] hard to get out of bed,” she told Hack. Warning: this story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling, please seek help. Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or chat online here between 7pm and 4am. “I couldn’t see the happiness in anything – any daily part of my life … Continue reading ‘The scariest moment of my life’: facing detainment in a mental health ward

Public Awareness Has Failed To Improve Australia’s Mental Health

One in every five Australians has a mental illness or substance abuse disorder, a large-scale global health study has found. And while we are world-leaders in treating heart disease, stroke and cancer and our life expectancy is one of the highest in the world, as a nation we’re failing to improve our mental health. These are among the findings of the Global Burden of Disease … Continue reading Public Awareness Has Failed To Improve Australia’s Mental Health

Mental health issues now dominate GPs’ time

Australia’s GP waiting rooms are increasingly filled with patients seeking help for psychological distress, and overseas-trained GPs have taken the lead in terms of workforce output, according to a new benchmark report from the RACGP.  Psychological problems such as anxiety and depression have become the most common reasons for GP presentations, and particularly dominate the patient lists of female GPs, the report on current and … Continue reading Mental health issues now dominate GPs’ time