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Finding Work Life Balance

Edited by Jill Wright,

finding work life balance

If success means keeping your head above water in all aspects of daily life, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to achieve. Left to juggle the demands of work, family, social life, personal life, exercise, one’s Facebook profile etc., all while perhaps studying or having a second job, many of us struggle. 

It might not be easy, but it is possible to keep...

Managing mental health in the workplace

Edited by Jill Wright,

managing mental health in the workplace

Almost half of the population will experience a mental disorder at some stage in their lifetime, with one in five Australians experiencing mental illness in the last twelve months. For managers and employers, this means that chances are you will be supervising employees with these kinds of issues at some point, and highlights the importance of fostering a positive workplace...

Emotional Storm: Bipolar Disorder

By Natalie-Mai Holmes,

emotional storm: bipolar disorder

Many of the popularly imagined stereotypes about people with bipolar disorder involve energy, creativity, instability, and euphoria.

Extremes of mood are often recognised as mania and depression. Mania is when the initial humour on friends’ faces reflect your feelings of being highly creative, powerful and euphoric. Depression, to their...

How to keep your New Year's resolution

By Kate Baxter,

how to keep your new year's resolution

Wouldn’t it be lovely if months or years after your set them, your goals had the same motivational impact, rather than dropping off one by one.

That's probably unrealistic, but there are some things you can do to keep your intentions. One massive thing you can do is - accomplish one thing, however small, every single day towards your goal.


How to use 13 Reasons Why to start a conversation with your kids about suicide

By Daniel Quin,

how to use 13 reasons why to start a conversation with your kids about suicide

Self-harm has become an increasing issue amongst young Australians. The 2015 Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing Survey found that approximately one in ten young Australians had self-harmed at some point in their lives. Individuals often engage in self-harm for several reasons, with 57% using it to manage painful feelings, 25% to punish themselves, 6% to communicate with others...

Impact of Student/Teacher Relationships on Mental Health, Wellbeing and Student Performance

By Daniel Quin,

impact of student/teacher relationships on mental health, wellbeing and student performance

The relationship between problems at school and the mental health of students is a complex one. Sometimes students have poor mental health and school problems follow. In other cases, low attendance, academic failure and disruptive behaviours can lead to poor mental health.

I’m one of the child and adolescent psychologists at Psychology Melbourne who work to...

Maintaining our Mental Health

By Kate Baxter,

maintaining our mental health

Why do we place so much more importance on our body than our mind? For comparison, look at two ways you manage your physical health – a visit to your GP versus working out at the gym. 


You go to a GP to treat a medical problem; you feel symptoms and seek treatment to return to your “normal” state....

How to judge mental health apps

Edited by Jill Wright,

From time to time, the clinicians at Psychology Melbourne have been trialling mental health apps and recommending those they think are helpful to readers of this blog ... and steering them away from those that might be harmful.

Now psychologists at Melbourne's Monash University have created some helpful guidelines for evaluating these mental health apps, which, as they point...

Mental Health: How Does Melbourne Really Rate?

Edited by Jill Wright,

mental health: how does melbourne really rate?

There we are again, awarded the status of the world's most liveable city for the sixth year in a row. But as The Age's Karl Quinn points out, The Economist's Intelligence Unit makes its award from the perspective of business executives who might be relocated across the world.

Quinn suggests that however good the coffee might be, for many Melbourne...

Mental health experts need to be heard

Edited by Jill Wright,

The economic craziness of government austerity policies is well argued by experts like Nobel laureate Paul Krugman (his latest is here) and Oxford University's Professor Michael Wren-Lewis at the Mainly Macro blog, although the logic seems beyond the understanding of all but a few of our politicians and business leaders.

Unfortunately, the emotional effects of this economic simple-mindedness...