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  • The Dangers of Loneliness

    Friendship is a lot like food. We need it to survive. What is more, we seem to have a basic drive for it. Psychologists find that human beings have fundamental need for inclusion in group life and for close relationships. We are truly social animals. The upshot is, we function best when this social need is met. It is easier to stay motivated, to meet the varied challenges of life. In…

  • For people with a mental illness, loved ones who care are as important as formal supports

    People living with mental illness often require support from carers, such as family and friends, on a long-term and somewhat unpredictable basis. But these support networks are not always in place. Geographical or emotional distance from family members, conflict with friends, and the tendency for people with mental illness to withdraw from others means these individuals are often isolated. In two Australian surveys – a national snapshot survey of Australian…

  • Helping a Smoker Quit: Do’s and Don’ts

    General hints for friends and family Do respect that the quitter is in charge. This is their lifestyle change and their challenge, not yours. Do ask the person whether they want you to ask regularly how they’re doing. Ask how they’re feeling – not just whether they’ve stayed quit. Do let the person know that it’s OK to talk to you whenever they need to hear encouraging words. Do help…

  • How to support someone with a mental health problem

    We all go through tough times and people help us through them. Other times we have been worried about other people’s mental health. Whether they are a friend, family member or colleague, there are many ways to support somebody you care about. 2 in 3 people report having experienced a mental health problem in their lifetime. How do I know if someone has a mental health problem? Sometimes it will…

  • How to Help a Loved One with a Mental Illness

    When a loved one has a psychiatric disorder, it’s a challenge for the whole family: parents, siblings, friends and relatives. The willingness to come to come together as a unit, accept the diagnosis, look for help, go beyond criticism, blame and judgement will not guarantee recovery, but it makes it far more likely. Denial and disapproval will only worsen the situation. Family support (and by family, I mean a biological…

  • Study finds motorists don’t think using a phone while driving is dangerous

    A majority of drivers on our roads don't believe texting while driving is dangerous. New research conducted by the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety - Queensland (CARRS-Q) has found that drivers are more concerned with “fear of missing out” than the fear of dying. Road safety experts say drivers who text are more than six times more likely to be in a crash and those talking on their phones are…