Art helps veterans and first responders heal from post-traumatic stress and depression. Jillian Oliver was working in a remote area as a police officer — a job she loved — when a sudden accident changed the direction of her life.
Key points: Art as therapy is being used to help people recover from PTSD and depressionFormer police officer Jillian Oliver helped form the art group after suffering a serious injuryShe says it is giving her, and others, renewed purpose and providing a place to connect "My vehicle rolled 175 metres down a mountain and my partner and I are extremely lucky to be alive," she says. Behind the scenes filming Magda Szubanski and Will Connolly, aka 'Egg Boy', for Australian Story. The minute I spot the little brown box in Magda Szubanski's study, I become like a dog with a bone.
Dream of secluded lifestyle on Southern Moreton Bay Islands comes minus health services support - ABC News. Isolation and seclusion are big calling cards for most people moving to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands but life can be far from idyllic, particularly for people dealing with mental health issues.
Key points: There's a three-month wait to see a psychologist, for the first time, on Russell IslandThe region isn't funded for "remoteness", making it harder to attract health care workersMost of the services provide a part-time model Just 20 minutes by ferry from Redland Bay and a further 40 minutes from Brisbane's CBD, the four inhabited islands have gained a reputation as a place for people seeking solitude and a new, quiet start.
Bob Davis came to Russell Island several years ago. Mr Davis is visually impaired and has been battling depression and anxiety after the breakdown of his relationship and the loss of his brother to an alcohol addiction. Since February, he has been living in a respite home run by the island's only NDIS provider, Joy2Care. Postnatal depression song shares stories and helps others find 'light at the end' - ABC News. Kay Macklin was a happy and secure mother of two, but when her third child arrived everything suddenly changed.
She felt disconnected and lost. "When I had my two previous children I had felt that total connection straight away and this was so different, and I knew something was wrong, but I didn't know what," Ms Macklin said. "When my daughter cried I had no reaction and sometimes didn't want to even pick her up, and I used to think, 'What's wrong with me?
'. It was scary. " Productivity Commission report into effect of mental illness reveals $220 billion annual cost to economy - ABC News. The most comprehensive attempt to quantify the financial cost of mental illness and suicide in Australia has come back with an astounding tally — $220 billion a year.
Key points: The Government asked the Productivity Commission to look into the effect of mental illness in 2018The commission's final report suggests changes that could save $20 billion a yearIt says almost half of Australian adults met the criteria for mental illness at some point in their lives In 2018, the Government asked the Productivity Commission to examine the effect of mental health on economic participation and productivity. Its final report released today documented long-standing problems in the sector, recommending changes that would save the Government about $20 billion a year.
A separate report by the Government's suicide adviser also recommended the establishment of a National Office for Suicide Prevention, and long-term research strategy for suicide prevention. Borderline personality disorder is still misunderstood and misdiagnosed, so patients turn to each other for support - ABC News. Morgan Bayer has spent most of her life gripped by a volatile mental disorder so misunderstood that she did not know she was a sufferer, despite years of mental health support.
Key points: Borderline personality disorder is characterised by erratic emotions and deep insecurities.Despite its prevalence, people with BPD often struggle to be diagnosedAttendees of a Canberra support group say it has changed their lives "I just thought I was a very angry child that was going crazy," she said. Morgan dropped out of high school in year eight after experiencing symptoms including emotional instability and outbursts, conflict, and self-harm. $4m for youth mental health services in Tasmania after report 'lays bare many gaps' - ABC News. The Tasmanian Government has accepted all seven recommendations from an independent review into the state's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), after it found the services were overburdened and in need of significant systemic and cultural change.
Key points: The review says CAMHS is unable to adequately respond to young Tasmanians with complex mental health needsMinister Jeremy Rockliff says he will be held accountable for the reformsThe State Government has committed $4 million over two years to begin implementing recommended changes Mental Health Minister Jeremy Rockliff detailed the review's findings in state Parliament on Tuesday, after a draft copy of the 100-page report was obtained by the ABC in September.
The Government has confirmed the final version does not differ from the draft, which detailed issues such as children and teenagers with severe and complex needs "generally not being accepted" by CAMHS. Chinese Australians share personal stories of gambling harm and their road to recovery - ABC News. Like many Chinese children, Paul grew up watching his family play cards and mahjong at social gatherings.
Key points: This week is Gambling Harm Awareness Week in Victoria The state announced a new gambling harm prevention and counselling service for migrant and refugee communitiesExperts say migrants are at higher risk of gambling problems because of "huge changes in their lives" Fires deliberately lit by Michael Holden burnt the equivalent of 1,700 soccer fields, court hears - ABC News.
For five years, Michael Holden was a volunteer firefighter with the Darwin River Volunteer Fire Brigade, battling dozens of blazes to protect the community.
Key points: The Supreme Court heard Holden lit 18 fires over 16 monthsThe fires posed a significant threat to life, property and cattleHolden's sentencing has been set down for November But the Northern Territory Supreme Court heard on Tuesday how Holden went from fighting the fires to starting them, with prosecutor Steve Ledek describing 18 blazes set between May 2018 and September 2019. "On some occasions, he was starting two fires on one day. In fact, on three occasions he did," Mr Ledek said. The court heard some of the fires burned for several days, threatening properties in the rural area and burning through a landmass equivalent to 1,700 soccer fields. Holden has pleaded guilty to 18 counts of person causing bushfire. Having eating disorder clinics available could be the difference between life and death for Shania - ABC News.
Shania Nicholls should be in her final year of high school, getting ready for university and spending all her spare time with friends, playing sport or at the beach.
How I was accidentally sectioned into a psych ward during the coronavirus lockdown - ABC News. The two worst things that happened to me during the March COVID lockdown were: 1.Accidently getting sectioned into a psych ward; and2.Forgetting to set the at-home eyebrow dye timer and spending a full month as Groucho Marx. In all honesty, it was the eyebrow thing that caused me the most grief. But given that everyone suffered some sort of corona-related DIY body hair disaster (hello, pandemic bangs), I'll focus on the accidental institutionalisation.
I've always been certifiably crazy (I know that's a politically incorrect term but I feel strongly about having the right to use it about myself). Some of my earliest memories as a child involved existential dread and serious contemplation of ... well ... not being alive, to put it bluntly. Mental illness stalks several members of my family so at least some of my madness is probably genetic. Most people with complex mental health issues face stigma and discrimination, survey shows - ABC News. For many Australians who have complex mental health issues, it is not just their illness that can get in the way of engaging with work and friends, it is the discrimination they experience. Key points: A new National Stigma Report Card shows 70 per cent of people with complex mental health issues faced stigma in the last 12 monthsOn average, 72 per cent of participants said stigma they had experienced had discouraged them from socialising, making new friends or dating peopleSANE Australia says there is evidence economic crises increase stigma faced by people with complex mental health issues Cameron Solnordal was understandably worried when he first received his diagnosis of schizophrenia 20 years ago.
At that point, he only knew about the illness from portrayals in television shows and news reports, which had reinforced stereotypes of criminality and violence. "I thought my life was over," he said. Hundreds of thousands of people shackled for mental health issues globally, Human Rights Watch says - ABC News. Wayan Sumartono was shackled like a prisoner for four years by his own family.
Key points: Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, including 67,000 in Indonesia, have been shackled due to mental illnessMental health funding in Indonesia remains very low and some believe severe mental illness is a form of possessionThe Government and charity organisations are working to end shackling through community-based interventions. Climate grief expected to be widespread soon but it's still not openly acknowledged - ABC News.
Coronavirus creates mental health 'obstacle race' for culturally diverse communities - ABC News. Regional Australians falling through the cracks of a 'complicated' mental health system. Posted about 3 hours agoTue 14 Jul 2020, 10:00pm Mal Coutts scrolls through an old flip-top mobile phone, tallying up 47 calls, incoming and outgoing, from one day. DNA research aims to take 'trial and error' out of depression medication treatment - ABC News. On the frontline with a mental health emergency team as they respond to the dark reality of the coronavirus crisis - ABC News. How one man's personal relationship with suicide is being used as a force for good. Posted 42 minutes agoSat 4 Apr 2020, 7:53am Matt Runnalls was just 12 when he lost his first friend to suicide. "I probably didn't even know how to spell the word 'suicide' back then," says the 28-year-old, who grew up in the rural city of Warragul, Victoria.
He could not say the same today. Matt lost his second friend to suicide when he was 16. Later that same year, his favourite teacher died by suicide. By the time he was 20, he had lost his fourth friend. Over the course of the next six years, four more of his friends died by suicide. Matt started fearing he would be next It was in these six years that Matt started to worry he might become "the next statistic". Former police officer who had to guard murder victim's body parts receives payout. Updated about 2 hours agoWed 11 Mar 2020, 8:13am A former police officer who was exposed to the severed body parts of a murder victim has been awarded more than $750,000 by the Supreme Court.
Family of Navy diver Josh Manning want answers about how he died alone. Updated about an hour agoSat 7 Mar 2020, 11:01pm. Canberra mental health patients leaving hospital worse off than anywhere else in the country. Historic Macarthur pub transformed into retreat for war veterans to reminisce and recover. Updated about 3 hours agoTue 3 Mar 2020, 10:41pm Decades have passed since it dawned on Greg Carter, then aged 20, that he could be killed in action a few weeks after he arrived in Vietnam in 1969 to serve in the Australian military during the war. The latest trauma research gives me hope other sexual assault survivors can heal better than me. Opinion. Penny-farthing charity ride aims to set new world record distance.
Posted 32 minutes agoSat 1 Feb 2020, 11:54pm. After a bushfire, the impact on communities' mental health can last for years, as Yarloop knows too well. From Belfast, Balkans and Middle East war zones to the outback, Alan Hatcher has seen it all. Alcohol addiction made me a drug dealer and landed me in prison. Four years later, my life is transformed. By Alyson Colquitt, as told to Catherine Taylor. The Christmas cards bringing light to Australians during their darkest days. Posted about 5 hours agoMon 23 Dec 2019, 7:05pm "Years ago, I too was in a psych unit. Canberra Liberals' move to strengthen hoarding prevention arouses concern from mental health experts. Alliance Against Depression — WA trial already getting results. Hoarding symptoms can start as early as childhood, and often run in the family, researchers say. Royal commission hears terror attack revived painful childhood memories for South Sudanese refugee. People with mental illness experience poorer physical health, and the gap may be getting worse, experts say - Health - ABC News.
Victoria's mental health system failed 'incredibly terrified' girl, royal commission told. Wayne Schwass tells Victoria's mental health royal commission of his struggle with depression. Perth man not guilty of murdering father, attempting to kill mother due to unsound mind. Inquest into death of Bran Nue Dae author Jimmy Chi reveals gaps in health services. Former prisoner calls for improved mental health services for inmates at Darwin Correctional Centre. A gaming disorder 'took over Matthew's life' — but this course is helping him take back control. Borderline personality disorder treatment gets shake-up in South Australia. Yass Headspace a step in the right direction for mental health but won't cater for acute issues, rape victim says. Mum had her voices. And I had my tapes - RN. Scientists discover dozens of previously unknown genes linked to serious mental illnesses.
The veterans authorities don't know about because they 'just fell through the cracks' Musician Lewis Capaldi to have anxiety rooms for fans during his arena tour. Man who allegedly jumped from Darwin high-rise had smoked synthetic cannabis, police say. Puppets, poetry and song help Rebecca Dostal to 'own' anxiety and cope with trauma from murder, arson.
New support program to help ICU patients deal with PTSD after coming 'close to death' Champion race walker Dane Bird-Smith reveals his struggle with mental illness. Sucked into a mental health system black hole — the dark reality of abuse, addiction, recovery. 10 Tips for Teachers with Students Who Have Experienced Trauma. Nuclear waste site selection process triggers mental health concerns, business boycotts and division, FOI documents reveal. Healthy foods can help prevent and treat depression. Black Saturday bushfires have had lasting impact on primary school students, research finds. Darwin woman narrowly avoids 'shock' therapy without consent. Artist Mel Tregonning found dead just hours after leaving Perth mental health clinic, inquest hears. Mental health patients in rural Australia feel 'forgotten', despite billions in funding. Singing helps brain injury sufferers with aphasia learn to speak again.
Sailors, sauerkraut and PTSD: Exploring the link between gut bacteria and mental health. Emergency departments in 'crisis' as mental health patients left waiting: new report - Health - ABC News. Anxiety: Why the gender gap in Australia's most common mental illness? - Health - ABC News.