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News and opinion stories dealing with mental health issues and mental illness.

Analysing Stan: what Eminem’s ill-fated fictional superfan can tell us about...

The article explores Stan's mental health and how his early childhood neglect and psychological trauma may have contributed to chemical changes in his brain that make him less able to cope with stress and develop trusting relationships.

Why nutritional psychiatry is the future of mental health treatment

A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD.

Talking about suicide and self-harm in schools can save lives

Suicide and self-harm remain taboo topics in schools, despite the fact youth suicide has reached a ten year high.

Mental Health: Why do people intentionally injure themselves?

Non-suicidal self-injury, a complex phenomenon, appears to be driven by a number of different psychological mechanisms.

Understanding the ‘social’ in social anxiety

By medicalising social anxiety as wholly a problem of the individual we risk overlooking the potential social drivers.

New evidence suggests we may need to rethink policies aimed at...

Less than 15% of the most disadvantaged people in Australia exit poverty from one year to the next, according to data from the Journeys Home survey, run by the Melbourne Institute.

Gaming addiction as a mental disorder: it’s premature to pathologise players

Rigorous scientific research into gaming addiction is essential. Now is not the time to pathologise one of the most popular leisure activities of the digital age.

How cyberbullies overtly and covertly target their victims

While banning social media altogether is not a practical solution, educating young people about respectful behaviour towards others, and reminding them about the terrible consequences associated with cyberbullying is essential.

What should I do if my child is a cyberbully?

Cyberbullying has become a significant issue for young people learning to navigate a life that is increasingly online.

How social media can make life better for young people in...

Social media has a lot to offer – even for vulnerable young people in care. The important step is to figure out how to make the most of it.