Reflections on the International Association for Suicide Prevention

Samantha Gray The opportunity came up from a lecturer asking if students would like to add to their portfolio. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) were holding their World Congress on the Gold Coast. It was a great … [Read more...]

Safe conversations on social media

Tayla Burgess In a pandemic full of lockdowns, online learning, and endless hours inside, social media platforms have become a valuable source of socialisation for youth across the globe. The safety of these online spaces though, especially for … [Read more...]

Suicide prevention congress brings together experts and experience

Samantha Gray For the first time ever, the International Congress of Suicide Prevention will be held fully online to connect academics, researchers, practitioners, and those with lived experience on a global scale. Suicide is a public … [Read more...]

Rural communities fight mental health strain

NSW farming photo Bec Ritchie Unsplash

ERIN RIETDYK There’s no arguing that rural communities in New South Wales have had it tough in recent years, being hit by drought, flood, bushfires, and now COVID-19.   But with the right amount of support and community engagement, … [Read more...]

Gold Coast yoga studio offers supportive space

Soul Squeeze studio clients

GEORGIA SCHAMPERS AND STAFF WRITERS A Gold Coast mother has embraced COVID-19 lockdown and found a solution for those seeking mental and physical stability during the pandemic by transforming an old work shed on her property into a yoga … [Read more...]

Mindfulness proves effective for students

Mindfulness and meditation Simon Rae Unsplash

ELIZABETH FOSTER Mindfulness has been a hot topic in the media in recent years, but despite the impression social media influencers and the burgeoning adult colouring book industry may have created, the practice is far from new.   In … [Read more...]

Week puts focus on Queensland’s mental health

Queensland Mental Health Week

JADE MACBETH There’s no arguing that 2020 has been a stressful and unsettling year, which is why Queensland Mental Health Week couldn’t come at a better time.   The state-wide event runs from October 10 to 18 and is a joint initiative … [Read more...]

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...]

Pandemic makes youth addiction help harder

Youth addiction treatment problems

DINA GETOVA The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on youth drug and alcohol treatment, with self-isolation and safety restrictions making it more difficult for young people to seek help.   COVID-safe restrictions imposed … [Read more...]

Awareness week supports students’ mental health

Students discussing mental health issues

HARLLY A LEWIS This week staff and students from Griffith University are taking part in the university’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Week, to encourage conversation and awareness about mental health issues.   The week’s events … [Read more...]