A good diet improves mental health

The importance of diet and the link between the right types of food land our mental health is becoming a big concern. What we eat has always been an important factor in our general health but what we eat is just as important to our mental health. Food and mental health has been under the spotlight since evidence emerged two … Read More

Understanding mental health

Looking after your own mental health is as important as seeking treatment when you know you have mental health problems. One of the ways to look after yourself is to know what’s what about keeping your mind as well as your body. Two years ago, University of Melbourne researchers quizzed 16,000 people via the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and uncovered an … Read More

Nutrition to help your recovery

The last of the Summer flowers are are blooming around the gardens at Retreat South. We have a variety of gardens and plants however, and have some that flower in the colder months. But, Autumn and then Winter are on the way. You can see the birch trees in the picture, their leaves turning gold. With the colder months approaching … Read More

Take action over trauma and PTSD

Trauma and PTSD treatment for Australian Defence Services was given a boost this week. There was great news in Australia’s Federal Budget for 2017. The government has allocated 350 million dollars toward mental health care and suicide prevention for the armed forces and defence veterans. A multi-million-dollar injection of funds like this has not been done in decades. The funding … Read More

Pets and your mental health

Pets can have a great benefit on our mental health. Previous generations encouraged pet ownership for their children. They believed pets helped children learn responsibility, empathy and care and duty. It worked two ways as well. With an animal’s instinctive ability to sense and return care and support, they provide companionship and one of the greatest examples unconditional love towards their owners. … Read More

Choosing a retreat to advance wellness

Why choose a mental health retreat?  When we thing of ‘retreat’ we think of ‘beating the retreat’ and giving up. But coming to a retreat like Retreat South is far from giving up. It is actually going forward. When we think of a specialist mental health treatment like you would find here, the first thing most people think is that … Read More

Have that conversation about mental health

England’s Prince Harry has began an important conversation about the stigma surrounding mental health problems and seeking help for them. The Prince went public about his own mental health issues in dealing with the death of his mother Princess Diana. And royalty continued that conversation only a few days later when his brother, prince William, talked with pop music royalty … Read More

Teaching teachers about stress and burnout

Workplace stress and burnout among teachers and school principals is on the rise. The year is nearly half-over and Winter is closing in. This is the season when workplace blues can really get too us. But job and workplace burnout is a very real and special type of work related stress. It undermines emotional as well as physical health. Burnout … Read More

Help say goodbye to bipolar disorder

World Bipolar Day (WBD) takes place on March 30, 2017. In recent years a day has been set aside to draw attention to a health or mental health condition and to raise awareness. The reason why 30 March was decided for the WBD was because that was the day, in 1853, when the painter Vincent van Gogh was born. Now considered … Read More

Gardens and natural settings for your recovery

When you are thinking about private residential mental treatment, think about one with gardens and open spaces and how they benefit your recovery. When we have mental health problems one of the worst aspects is trying to deal with them along with our job and other daily routines. Sometimes that routine causes us to neglect our health but, for a … Read More