Therapy dog use on the rise in Australia

Darcy the therapy dog

JESSICA MCLAUGHLIN It is not unusual to use physical therapy and rehabilitation to help people recover from accidents or injuries. It’s a tried and tested recovery technique. But in recent years a much newer and much more surprising recovery … [Read more...]

Conversation Convoy paints Brisbane yellow

PAIGE FINDLOW The Conversation Convoy arrived in Brisbane last Thursday to speak to the Brisbane community about suicide prevention. The Convoy is part of the national 'R U OK Day' campaign, encouraging people to talk about their mental … [Read more...]

Refugees mental health: cultural complexities

ALANNAH KERR “We journey towards a home not of our flesh. It’s chestnut trees are not of our bones. Its rocks are not like goats in the mountain hymn. The pebbles’ eyes are not lilies. We journey towards a home that does not halo our heads … [Read more...]

Journey of a refugee

LUJAYN HAWARI There are 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. 21.3 million are refugees. That's 21.3 million people who don't have a home, or a country to live in because they are escaping war and persecution. Their … [Read more...]

Increasing number of Australians taking their lives, statistics show

LUJAYN HAWARI A new statistical analysis shows the number of Australians taking their lives is increasing. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) releases information every year on causes of death in Australia and the most recent … [Read more...]

Young women at higher risk of mental illness than young men

INGE HANSEN AND JODIE DEAN A joint report by Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute revealed young women are at a higher risk of mental illness than young men. An annual survey, conducted by Mission Australia, found one in five young … [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...]