by Australia Counselling member Brad McLean The use of performance and image enhancing drugs (PIED) is increasing along with community concerns about a link between their use, connection to violence, and criminality. Allegations about the use of PIEDs in the elite sporting world filled Australian headlines last year. But the evidence seems to be indicating…

More than one in five Australians have experienced discrimination in the workplace due to mental illness, according to new research by the Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA). The research has been conducted as part of this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign. “When 22% of people surveyed tell us that they have witnessed discrimination…

According to new research by the Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA), four out of ten Australians who use mental health services are very satisfied with them. “We surveyed 1,000 Australians and more than 40% of those who experience, or have been diagnosed with, a mental illness told us they are very satisfied with the…

By Ian Hickie Launching the Coalition’s policy for Efficient Mental Health Research and Services late last week, Tony Abbott said he wished all his policy statements attracted such media attention. Given the Australian community’s demonstrated engagement with mental health, it’s more surprising that we’ve heard so little about it in this election campaign. Abbott’s commitment…

By Anthony Jorm, University of Melbourne Despite two decades of investment in improving mental health services, the mental health of Australians has not improved. This may be because haven’t been spending money on the right approach and need to place greater emphasis on prevention. In 1997, Australia had its first National Survey of Mental Health…

This guest post is by Australia Counselling member Sarah Wayland Every year in Australia 35000 missing persons reports are made about the safety and wellbeing of an individual. More than 95% will be located (or return of their own volition) within a month but the loss experienced by those left behind can be difficult to…

Mental ill health is one of the major obstacles to a productive and rewarding working life. So a landmark alliance is being formed to help create mentally healthy Australian workplaces. The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance is a collaborative partnership between business, the mental health sector and government, and was officially launched by the National Mental…

A new study conducted by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Naval Health Research Centre published in the July, 2013 issue of the journal SLEEP showed that military personnel who suffered from insomnia prior to deployment had a much greater chance of returning home with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety…

Between 2001 and 2010, there were 996 suicide deaths registered across Australia where the deceased person was identified as Aboriginal in origin. Suicides accounted for 4.2% of all registered deaths of people identified as Aboriginal in 2010 when compared with 1.6% for all Australians. With the suicide rate of the indigenous community soaring to a height of…