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March 2018 

Heavy smoking and risk of developing psychosis

A new study links heavy smoking to the possible risk of developing psychosis.

NDIS anguish for many with severe mental illness

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a major reform in both the disability and mental health sectors. On full roll-out it is expected that some $22 billion per year will be spent on the scheme. However some evidence suggests that the NDIS has not been working to a sufficient level of competency for many participants.

Knitting can reduce anxiety, depression, chronic pain

Some recent evidence suggests Knitting can reduce anxiety, depression, chronic pain and slow dementia.

Friendship groups can help guard against bullying 

This article about schoolyard bullying suggests that having a strong friendship group can a help a child build resilience and lead to better mental health outcomes.

Treatment of customers with mental health challenges

Former insurance executive Patrick O’Connor has gone on the record in support of a probe into the treatment of customers with mental health challenges.

Links between childhood trauma and schizophrenia symptoms

People with schizophrenia may now benefit from more effective, tailored treatments and greater self-empowerment, thanks to research establishing a link between childhood trauma and some of schizophrenia's most common symptoms

Stem cells revealing new secrets about mental illness

In this fascinating article, scientists who have been working with stem cells and human brain cells discuss some of their research outcomes; particularly possible implications for mental illness located in the brain.

Guns, shooting, policies & politics

We have all seen the tragic images of schools in aftershock in the US – students and teachers trying to understand how ex-students have sourced assault weapons and how, possibly, they could become so alienated so as to use those weapons. This timely piece of research examines some of the policies a government may put in place to prevent such tragedies, suggesting that gun control laws do work.

February 2018 

Study of teen mental health education program

Adolescents have the highest incidence and prevalence of mental illness across the lifespan, yet the lowest engagement with treatment services, in comparison to other age groups  This can make it very difficult for parents or concerned adults to engage with an adolescent whose mental health they are concerned about. However, there does appear to be evidence that adolescents are more likely to interact with their friends and peer groups. This study aims to investigate how peer groups can be engaged to better the mental health outcomes of young people facing mental illness, through targeted education.

The impact of little things 

Evidence suggests that there are a number of key phenomena that help people with mental health issues progress towards recovery. This paper takes the interesting approach at looking at the impact of “little things”; the impact of what they call “micro-affirmations”. Micro-affirmations may range from an offhand positive comment from staff to the achievement of small personal goals. This article seeks the patient’s perspectives on how small things have helped them on their recovery journey.

Pets and mental health

Any pet owner will tell you – having a pet can increase your well-being. Be it the companionship, the fun or the unconditional love, pets can have a positive impact. But what about people with mental illness? This report seeks to synthesise the evidence regarding companion animals and the impact they can have on people with mental illness.

Stigma and nursing students

Everyone knows it. People with mental health conditions suffer stigma. This stigma may range from a mild disapproval of a person’s thoughts, feelings or behaviour, through to a complete stigmatic response, blaming the victim for being abnormal, weird, weak or dangerous. This paper seeks to explore stigmatised beliefs around mental illness held by tertiary-training nursing students.


Academic Research Articles

March 2018

Impact of fly-in fly-out work

Fly-in fly-out work involves workers commuting long distances to the worksite and living in provided accommodation for 1–4 weeks while on shift. While the potentially detrimental impact of this work on the health and well-being of workers has been documented, little attention has been paid to how workers, or their partners, cope with this impact. This study sought to investigate how workers and their partners negotiate the impact of fly-in fly-out work on their mental health and well-being.

Patient safety in mental health

It is a story oft-told, but little heeded. There is, by proportion of those with illness, too much attention paid to physical healthcare and insufficient attention paid to mental health care. And evidence suggests that the lessons of good physical health care does not apply well to mental health care. This study seeks to overcome these problems by seeking to identity future research priorities in the fields of patient safety in mental health.

Have you heard of the SDGs?

They are called the Sustainable Development Goals, and they were adopted by world leaders in 2015. Importantly the goals included a clause that refers to mental illness: a commitment to prioritise  “prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases, including behavioural development and neurological disorders, which constitute a major challenge to sustainable development”. In other words, these leaders have recognised the importance of good mental health to broader goals in sustainable development. This article looks at these issues in depth.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea can be a serious challenge for the many people who may suffer it at some time in their lives. It can lead to tiredness, insomnia, irritability and sub-par aptitude at work and daily activities. However, there may be a darker side to sleep apnea. This article explores the growing evidence of links between sleep apnea, disturbed sleep and possible mental illness.

February 2018

MH impact on carers of those living with schizophrenia

Mental illness can be frightening, difficult and challenging experience for people experience the illness. People need treatment and love and support. However, it is a little less clear how mental illness can impact upon the lives and well-being of care-givers. In light of this issue, this article seeks to examined the burden of care, quality of life and mental health of people caring for a loved one with schizophrenia.