Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a kind of behavioural therapy that uses mindfulness to develop psychological flexibility, which further helps direct value-guided behaviour. Through metaphor, paradox, and experiential exercises clients are taught to make healthy contact with thoughts, feelings, memories, and sensations that they might fear and avoid. Clients develop skills to recontextualise and accept…

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are terms often used to describe particular medical states that affect a person’s mental ability to varying degrees. Sometimes there is confusion about what they really mean, whether in fact they refer to the same condition and how to know if you or a loved one is affected. Dementia One of…

A new expert group has been set up to advise the Federal Government on improving mental health and suicide prevention programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Advisory Group will be chaired by two eminent Aboriginal experts in the field, Prof Pat Dudgeon,…

The huge sum of $10 billion is being poured into providing mental health care in Australia, despite the scarcity of data on the topic of mental health needs. This sum may only be a conservative assessment as the indirect costs of mental illness are far higher. Major gaps exist in our knowledge about the needs…

A committee of mental health professionals, social media experts and carers has been appointed to oversee rollout of new services. Access to online mental health services is a step closer after the federal government appointed a committee to oversee their rollout. The committee comprises a mix of mental health professionals, social media experts and consumer…

With technological proliferation consuming every sphere of life, it comes as no surprise that psychological therapies have taken a leap into the cyber world. The annual United Nations Department of Public Information/Non-Government Organisations Conference held in Melbourne in 2010 marked Swinburne University among the leading innovators who have contributed towards developments in e-therapy. Swinburne’s Professor Michael…

With the advent of social networks, chat messengers and mobile phones humans have made themselves more vulnerable to a fresh form of bullying. Gone are the days when children experienced embarrassing harassment in back alleys of schools at the hand of bullies. Now the abusive behaviour has taken a global shield by resorting to the…

Every year, thousands of people all over Australia come up with hopeful New Year resolutions, which are aimed at personal growth and betterment. According to an ongoing online poll conducted by “The Western Australia”, around 50% of the people who responded have already made New Year resolutions for the coming year. Yet, most of us…