Australia Counselling Founder Clinton Power interviewed internationally acclaimed author, award-winning educator and child psychiatrist Dr Dan Siegel about his new book called Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. In this interview Dr Siegel discusses: The benefits, challenges and purpose of adolescence. Some of the most common myths of adolescence What is happening in the…

Improving access to mental health services and support in rural communities is a priority for the Coalition Government, but it also requires support from other sectors and partners, said the Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash. Speaking at the 6th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium in Albury (NSW), Minister Nash said: “Improving mental…

Research to prevent, treat and manage mental illnesses has received a $38.5 million boost following the announcement of new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants. The grants cover a range of conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, anorexia and schizophrenia. While some of the grants are focused on developing new treatments, others focus on…

The National LGBTI Health Alliance is pleased to announce the commencement of the Lifeguard Project for Australian communities of gay men. Working with beyondblue and the Movember Foundation, the Alliance will foster a community conversation and educate gay men across Australia in an effort to tackle the alarming rates of depression, anxiety and suicide within…

When it comes to codependency, there are many myths that surround exactly what codependency is. What’s more, the definition of codependency has changed over the years and has a different meaning from what it meant 30 years ago. Australia Counselling Founder Clinton Power interviewed U.S. marriage and family therapist Darlene Lancer, who has been working in the…

Around 80,000 young Australians will benefit each year from the headspace programme with the locations of 15 new headspace centres now finalised. Health Minister Peter Dutton said today when the final 15 centres were operating there would a total of 100 headspace sites across the country. Mr Dutton said there would be five new sites…

For the first time in Australia, the Department of Human Services and HP Australia will work together with Danish company Specialist People Foundation to provide skilled employment for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said an agreement between the three organisations, which will provide 12 candidates with…

This was one of the main findings of a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, Housing outcomes for groups vulnerable to homelessness: 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2013, looks at four cohorts of people who are vulnerable to homelessness-those experiencing domestic and family violence, young people…

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…

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