LGBT+ community struggles over COVID stresses

Stress on young people

ALEXANDER MCKENNA COVID-19 and the social isolation it has created is having a negative effect on the mental health of members of the LGBT+ community both in Australia and around the world.   The pandemic affects people in different … [Read more...]

Honesty online opens mental health conversation

Mikayla Kersten

OLIVIA SIVA We all know it, but we don’t often talk about it; posts to social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can create a posed, edited, unrealistic snapshot of an individual’s life.   This superficial “social … [Read more...]

Our elderly amongst the saddest in the nation

LIZ CALLIGEROS There is something comforting about walking into the familiar space, perhaps the one you were raised in or raised others in, and seeing that some things never change. Lingering photographs decorate the same tables, patterned … [Read more...]

Is the birth control Pill causing depression in women?

LIZ CALLIGEROS Allowing women to take control of their reproduction has created a spiral of liberation globally, but has this come at a cost to their mental health? ‘Feeling depressed’ has been listed as a possible side effect of the birth … [Read more...]

Walking the black dog

SHARN KENNEDY Our canine friends have always been good to us, but a Brisbane organisation hopes to connect those who may not have their own to those who need it the most. Borrow Dogs is an organisation which connects pets whose owners may not … [Read more...]

Are you ok?

CASSANDRA PALMER-FIELD Today marks the annual R U OK? Day, a day designed to encourage friends to check in with one another. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, around eight Australians commit suicide every day. R U OK? is … [Read more...]

Pressure of university a big trigger of anxiety in students

CASSANDRA MULHERN As semester two of the 2015 university year comes to a close, students are preparing for the stress of final assignments and exams, resulting in intense anxiety for many. Stress is not uncommon among university students, … [Read more...]

Technology key to boosting mental health

SHAY LEDINGHAM Online and mobile applications are giving people the opportunity to effectively manage their own mental health. By providing easily accessible, self-managed apps, industry practitioners are seeing positive results in treating … [Read more...]

Suicidal young man turned away by hospital takes his own life

EMMA McCLUNEY The mother of a 21-year-old man who took his own life said he was turned away by Redland Hospital because he was “attention-seeking”. Christopher Ball's heartbroken mother Kerrie Keepa had rushed her son to the emergency … [Read more...]