Mental Health News

Family Physicians are not always the best judges of depression, according to an Australian study which showed the aid of a simple computer tablet to be a better bet for diagnosis. When identifying patients with depression, the Family Physicians’ performance is  “poor”... +
A new report says strain on Victoria's behavioral health system   has resulted in a sharp rise in people using hospital emergency departments to access treatment. The Victorian Health Department says the state's behavioral health system is dealing with a growing number of people... +
For the first time, amphetamine   abuse is the number one problem for people seeking treatment for drug addiction, according to Australia's largest rehabilitation service. Sydney's Odyssey House has seen the lot over the years - the heroin   usage of the '60s and '70s, and... +
Asian countries such as Korea, China, Japan and India have troubling suicide rates. Despite this, diskussing behavioral health issues   like depression or anxiety often does not happen in Asia. VIDEO:  Talking About Mental Health in Asia   (ABC News)... +
One in eight deaths of Australians aged under 25 is now related to alcohol consumption, a report has revealed. The   Australian National Council on Drugs report  (ANCD) also found 60 per cent of all police call outs - up to 90 per cent at night - are... +
Rural Communities grappling with suicide in NSW now have access to a new program that supports people with behavioral health problems. The NSW Government is trialing the resource at Hay in the western Riverina and Walgett in the state's north-west. NSW Minister for Mental... +
Fewer mentally ill people are being taken into police custody thanks to a new initiative by ACT police. Under the scheme, behavioral health clinicians work alongside police, advising them on how to deal with people suffering a behavioral health emergency. This is helping... +
The Queensland Government has appointed a new independent behavioral health commissioner. Queensland doctor Lesley van Schoubroeck has been heavily involved in the sector in Western Australia. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg says the Commission will start... +
The Victorian Government is committing $34 million to build a new behavioral health facility at Werribee in Melbourne's west. The existing behavioral health wing of the Werribee Mercy Hospital will be replaced with a 54-bed new facility, creating 30 clinical jobs. Premier... +
PHOTO:   The app can be downloaded onto mobile phones making it accessible to many young people.   (ABC TV) A new mobile phone a pp is aiming to give young people experiencing behavioral health issues some hope. The app is the creation of... +
A Goulburn based behavioral health nurse is calling for better support and supervision for workers in regional areas. Jeff Wilson works for the Southern New South Wales Medicare Local and says while most organizations highly recommend clinical supervision of behavioral health staff,... +
A West Australian medical researcher says the largest study of aging men in Australia highlights the need for better strategies to identify and manage mental illness. The results, published in the latest issue of the Canadian Medical Journal, examined almost 5,500 West Australian men... +
One of Australia's leading behavioral health specialists says state and federal governments are moving dangerously slowly on their promises for better treatment. In last year's budget the Federal Government promised $2.2 billion for behavioral health reform including money for... +
On 9 October 2012, the Mental Health Council of Australia and the National Mental Health Commission co-hosted Australia’s inaugural Council of Non-Government Organisations (CONGO) on Mental Health in Canberra. Ninety non-government organizations attending the CONGO meeting have... +
The first report card on the state of Australia's behavioral health care services says more than 3 million Australians suffer from mental illness each year. The National Mental Health Commission's first annual report on behavioral health and suicide prevention makes 10... +
Psychologists concerned over subsidy cuts Katie Moore - Updated Mon 26 Nov 2012, 10:27am AEDT Photo: Psychologists are concerned a reduction in Medicare-subsidized sessions will affect the public behavioral health system. (ABC News)... +
Swan Hill in Victoria's north-west has missed out on federal funding for a youth behavioral health center, despite having the state's highest number of teenagers who self-harm. The Federal Government has announced 15 locations around the country for new Headspace... +
Two organizations in south-west Victoria   have received $952,000 grants to provide improved in-home care to people recovering from mental illness. Aspire and Centacare will provide intensive home-based outreach to 12 people over the next four years as part of the State... +
The Mental Health Association QLD (MHAQ) is pleased to announce the launch of the   Mental Health Information Line   in Queensland, as part of a state-wide initiative, offering a much needed service to those people who are unsure where to start for support for behavioral... +
A landmark behavioral health study has revealed disturbing complaints of doctors failing patients, who report being shunned or avoided by health professionals. The Mental Health Council report,   obtained by the ABC's 7.30 , found more than one-third of those surveyed were... +
A survey by the national behavioral health charity SANE Australia has found that many people with a mental illness are enthusiastic users of the Internet and social media to manage their lives and make social connections. The research, which focused on how people use the Internet,... +
Suicide rates are steadily increasing according to the Causes of Death Report released by the Australia Bureau of Statistics . This report records deaths by suicide for 2010 at 2,361, an increase of 480 deaths from 2007 – a useful baseline year when revised methods in data... +
Severely mentally ill prisoners are being forced to wait more than a year for appropriate treatment and prison behavioral health beds are consistently full, in a system described as "totally inadequate". NSW Health data obtained by the Herald shows the state's 90 behavioral... +