Yoga and moving into well-being in the new year

Exercise and physical activities and yoga are great things to do when the warmer months are here. Summer is here in Australia and the Christmas period has past and we are off to a new year. Christmas time can be a difficult, stressful time for some. It is a time when some of us have to put on a festive, … Read More

Overcoming the need for alcohol to cope with anxiety

People with anxiety have used alcohol to lessen that anxiety. Having an alcoholic drink has been a great way to loose a few inhibitions, feel more sociable and just have more fun. Alcohol effects brain chemicals like dopamine and serotonin in the brain, which lessen the  effect of anxiety.  But dealing with anxiety that way means that our brain expects … Read More

Prescription medication misuse on the rise

Around one million Australians misused pharmaceuticals and medication over the last 12 months according to a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The report indicates the number of Australians using opioids and benzodiazepines for non-medical reasons is on the increase. The report, released on December 19, 2017 focussed on two main types of prescription drugs. One was … Read More

Understanding Depression and treatment

Depression is by far the most commonly experienced mental health problem. Somewhere around 300 million people globally experience depression. While it may effect so many people, less than 50 per cent of those 300 million seek treatment. That’s part of a bigger picture showing that mental health problems account for around half of all health problems but, even more alarmingly, … Read More

Poor mental health can shorten life expectancy

The part played by alcohol in relation to mental health problems has been under the spotlight for many years. Dependancy and addiction to alcohol or alcohol used to deal with mental health problems is a significant problem. New research between Danish and Australian universities has experts recommending more holistic mental health treatment in light of the part alcohol related problems … Read More

Knowing when to seek mental health help

Because it is most likely that all people will experience some form of mental health issue during their life, knowing when it is time to seek help is important. Just as most people will experience mental health problems, most people who seek treatment for them will benefit from that therapy. When do you know you might need to find some … Read More

Physical activity and getting healthy

Exercise and physical activity is an important part of health and wellbeing. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have released a report showing that, even a small increase in our levels of physical activity could have major positive health impacts. The report reveals that 2.6% of the disease in Australia was due to physical inactivity. That may seem a … Read More

Make the most out of Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week, the annual mental health awareness week is here again.  And World Mental Health Day takes place on October 10. It has been reassuring that over the last years mental health awareness has been in the public arena for more than just one week in the year. Being mindfull of our own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others … Read More

RUOK?

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