Issues 80, September 2007
Mental Health Promotion in Schools
Mental health promotion in schools has the potential to improve academic achievement, behaviour and health outcomes.
Nutrients, New Foods and New Theories
New recommendations for nutrient intake are linked in some cases to mental health issues.
Work and Mental Illness
People with serious mental illnesses face many barriers to paid employment. Optimal treatment, and support to enter and remain in the workforce, could offer significant benefits, including social reintegration.
Depression and Chronic Physical Illness
Chronic illness can be both physically and mentally debilitating, particularly for young people. Tess Pryor explains the link between chronic disease and depression.
Young People and Substance Use Problems
Substance use and mental health disorders are prevalent among young people. The headspace initiative aims to help meet the challenge with accessible and effective services.
Mind your Mind®: Risk Reduction for Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is now at epidemic proportions, but there is some good news. Risk reduction strategies may help to tweak your odds against developing the condition.
Suicide in Australia: Grounds for Cautious Optimism
From its peak in 1997, suicide in Australia has reduced by almost 30%. This is no reason for complacence: suicide rates still approximate historical levels over the past 100 years.
Pregnancy, Immunity and Schizophrenia
Can something as innocuous as the flu cause schizophrenia? Can a pregnant mum’s sniffles have lifelong consequences for her unborn child? The answers are indeed surprising, and may suggest new avenues for treatment or even prevention.
Rehabilitation and Recovery
As the daughter of a mentally ill parent, Paola Mason reflects on the meaning of rehabilitation and recovery.
Mental Health Triage: Caring for the Australian Community
Mental health triage services play a vital role in caring for the mental health needs of the Australian public. Particularly important are telephone triage services, which offer help and support in times of personal crisis.
Electroconvulsive Therapy: A Proven and Contemporary Treatment
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a scientifically proven and highly effective (though much misunderstood) medical treatment for depression. Colleen Loo explains and dispels some common myths about ECT.
ehub: A Virtual Recipe for Better Mental Health
Access to mental health services doesn’t have to involve a waiting room, a pharmaceutical script or face-to-face counselling. Web-based applications on the Internet offer many people a practical means of finding help.
Personalised Treatment of Mental Illness
Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genetic factors influence individual responses to drugs, and offers a potentially powerful method for implementing personalised medicine. George Fink outlines its use for antipsychotic drug medication and the treatment of schizophrenia.