The new defence white paper released on May 3, 2013 revealed that defence personnel are at a high risk for developing Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The number of veterans has constantly been growing due to involvement in over a decade of operations in areas like East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan. As Australian troops are…

There is an average of 285,000 schizophrenics in Australia. Around 46 common chronic health conditions, including cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, and endocrine diseases, appear more in schizophrenics than in the general population. One third of young schizophrenics (under 40 years) suffer from non-psychiatric disorders requiring medical care. Schizophrenics are 50 percent more likely to suffer from…

By Nick Glozier The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has copped the predicted criticisms since its release on the weekend. Most centre on the idea that more of us will be diagnosed with mental disorders, as the diagnostic thresholds are lowered. Critics have also argued these thresholds will…

A recent study has revealed young people rely on online help for mental health issues over professional help. This national survey was conducted by Inspire Foundation, a mental health organization for  youth. This survey questioned 3600 people under 25 years of age. This survey looked at who uses ReachOut.com and why they use it. It…

A large scale study was conducted to check the state of mental health issues in rural NSW. The results revealed that nearly half of them were suffering from a serious mental health issue and were not seeking professional help. Many problems like unemployment, disability and social isolation also lead to mental issues in the bush…

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…