Sometimes talking about mental health issues is really difficult. Being able to talk to someone who may be experiencing mental health problems is really difficult. Today, September 14, is R U OK? day. This is a day that encourages us to ask those difficult questions. R U OK? is an organisation that sets out to helps ask other sometimes difficult … Read More

Women take control of your wellness

“Women hold up half the sky,” Mao Tse-tung once said. The findings of an annual study into women’s health reveals that they could also be holding nearly half of Australia’s mental health problems. The first week of September is Womens’ Health Week. Since it began in 2013, Womens’ Health Week has been a time to reflect on women’s health and … Read More

Friends with benefits: pets and other animals and wellbeing

Pets and other companion animals are just that, they can provide great companionship. Many studies have shown that. Some have pointed out the benefits to the pet owner’s physical and mental health. Lover stress levels, better heart health as well as other positives. Owning a pet can provide better socialising with family and friend too. People who feel the benefit … Read More

Get well in a garden

The gardens and natural, open spaces at Retreat South can have a beneficial effect on you mental health. One of the most attractive features of Retreat South are the gardens and natural bushland settings.  The andscape is attractive on the eye and pleasant to experience in all seasons.  Research has shown that gardens and other open, natural spaces can have … Read More

Men and mental health

Mens’ physical and mental health often comes under the spotlight. Australian males been shown to have poorer health than Australian females. Men also are among the most like to develop problems with alcohol and other drugs. To make matters worse, men are less likely than women to visit health professionals. Although there has been some welcome changes over time with women … Read More

Taking time out for your wellbeing

Perhaps you saw it in a news thread. The woman who messaged her workplace to say that she was taking a couple of days of to focus on her mental wellbeing? It would be surprising if you didn’t hear about it because her message, and more importantly, her boss’s response went viral. “I’m taking today and tomorrow to focus on my … Read More

Effective treatment does not end with detox

The number of Australians seeking help for amphetamine addiction is on the rise. Amphetamine use has already become one of the major mental health problems but it is a problem that is increasing rather than decreasing. A new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released last week revealed about 134,000 Australians had received drug treatment in … Read More

Rehab – Making addiction recovery work for you

Addiction is something that can be part of a complex set of issues. ‘Rehab’ or recovery from something so complex takes time. Many people have looked back on their recovery treatments and found that a major difficulty was recovery that rehabilitation program sometimes last less than two weeks. Recovery from addiction can be a difficult thing. Many people need to … Read More

Understanding men’s mental health issues

Mental health is one of the major health issues for men nowadays. One of the best ways to get a conversation stated about a difficult subject is to open it up with a community awareness campaign. Some of the best community awareness has been achieved through a week where the media and specialists have engaged with the wider community to … Read More

Exercise is good for mental health

Just as diet can have an important effect on mental health, so can exercise. Decades ago it was understood that exercise and physical activity are associated with better results in health treatment. The benefits of exercise began to be known to imporove mental health as well. In fact, some experts claim exercise is as effective as medication and convention psychological therapy in treating … Read More