At Christmas, you can eat and drink to your heart’s content. When it comes to being “merry,” you may find the concept more challenging to achieve. That’s because even with the bright and colorful celebrations around you, you still feel isolated—lonely. Loneliness is, in itself, already an unpleasant emotion to deal with, leading to unhealthy…

Depression is now one of the most common mental health issues experienced by people throughout the Western world. Current rates indicate that in most countries throughout the world, 8-12% of people experience depression at some point throughout their lifetime. If you’ve ever experienced depression yourself, you probably know how it can significantly impact your ability to…

Any angst-filled teenager will tell you that nobody truly understands what they are going through, and in many ways, they are right. The teen years are fraught with questions of self identity, achievement, confidence, sexuality and more, all being negotiated against a background of wild hormone changes. Even those of us who had turbulent teen…

Everyone remembers the grumpy Eeyore character from the Winnie the Pooh stories – permanently pessimistic and negative no matter what adventure happened to be going on. If cartoon characters could be diagnosed, Eeyore would probably have some form of depression, maybe even the “milder” form of depression, Dysthymia. What is dysthymia? Dysthymia is a very…

by Australia Counselling founder, Clinton Power The tragic death of Charlotte Dawson this week has highlighted how fragile life can be for someone that battles depression. Charlotte Dawson was a well regarded Australian television personality and former model. She was also outspoken on social media and had been on the receiving end of attacks from internet…

Discrimination against people with mental health issues in the workplace still occurs. And Megan Barrow knows, because she has dealt with depression and anxiety  throughout her life and was on the receiving end of workplace discrimination as she was dealing with these mental health issues. Megan is now passionate about raising the profile for mental health issues in Australia…

The Gillard Government and beyondblue have teamed up in an unconventional new mental health campaign called “Man Therapy” designed to battle depression and anxiety in Aussie men. Minister for Mental Health Mark Butler launched the humorous campaign alongside beyondblue Chairman Jeff Kennett, both of whom were overshadowed by the cult figure of Dr Brian Ironwood…