Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Awareness Week

May 22 – 28 is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Awareness Week. Depression and Anxiety are amongst the most common mental health issues affecting us these days. Depression is categorised as a ‘mood’ disorder and there are many types of mood disorders. The same applies to Anxiety, there are many types of anxiety disorder that can affect us. One of them is … Read More

Getting back to nature for a therapeutic experience

It didn’t take long for our newest visitor to settle in at Retreat South, even if this koala prefers a gum tree to one of our luxury suites. With our location in the countryside, a visit to Retreat South from a koala can be a normal event. Located in the beautiful countryside near the historic town of Port Fairy, Retreat South … Read More

Getting anxious about Anxiety

Up to two million Australians suffer from anxiety the most common mental health condition in the country but new research reveals one in five believe people with anxiety ‘put it on’. The study surveying 1200 people found 10 per cent aged between 30 and 34 believe people with anxiety are untrustworthy. Although most were aware of anxiety as a mental … Read More

Exercise for better mental health

May 23 to 29 is Exercise Right Week, 2016.  The focus during that time is to highlight the importance of regular physical activity for good mental health and to prevent and manage mental health conditions.  Yes, it seems that there is still a lot of truth in those old sayings like “Healthy mind, healthy body.” In fact new research shows that people … Read More

Stress in the Legal Profession

Changes to workplace technology have negative effects on our wellbeing. The legal profession is one where technology has transformed lawyers’ work habits and, with it, has brought a range of workplace stresses causing negative effects on their mental health. Speaking at the Queensland Law Society Symposium in March, Chief Justice Catherine Holmes said that this “more pressured age” impacts on … Read More

Burnout or Depression?

‘Burnout’ is a term used a lot these days. It is certainly a psychological condition that can can cause exhaustion, lack of enthusiasm and motivation. The word was originally described in the 1970s as the “extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one’s devotion to a cause or relationship fails to produce the desired results.” Burnout is usually separated from depression, … Read More

It’s OK to be in treatment for mental health problems

Depression and anxiety can affect as many as a fifth of the Australian population and mental health issues are greatest among younger people aged 16-24. But so few people seek help for mental health problems. This is because of stigma and negative attitudes about seeking help, not believing treatment helps, concerns about cost, inconvenience, confidentiality, and feeling that problem can … Read More

Small Business Owners and Mental Health

Being a small business owner can be stressful. Call it ‘executive stress’ but that stress can be anxiety and even depression and not be as easy to overcome as your other business problems. Starting and running your own business can be a great opportunity letting you work at something you love but it also means long hours, financial stress and … Read More

“Something in nature that heals the mind”

Retreat South is set in a natural landscape with gardens and flowers. Natural settings have a positive effect in times of stress. A teacher in England found his garden was helpful while recovering from a breakdown. “My garden has been my sanctuary,” he wrote in The Guardian. Therapy and medication were important in his recovery but he said there was “definitely … Read More

Addiction and Brain Function

A new study in The New England Journal of Medicine shows that addiction changes the way our brain functions. Studying the prevention and treatment of addiction and public policy, the researchers agree that addiction is like a disease and not, as is often thought, something a person does voluntarily. The study divides addiction into three stages which affect the brain. … Read More