New Dedicated Mental Health Unit For Youths In Bentley

In the months to come, the new dedicated mental health unit in Bentley will be operating completely, allowing the number of beds to increase for young people up to the age of 24. A 12-bed specialized mental health in patient service for 16 to 24 year olds will be provided by the East Metropolitan Youth…

Aboriginal Youth Suicide “Epidemic” Leads To Appeal For Imrpoved Support

An Indigenous activist has called for more support services for aboriginal people, following a spate of indigenous youth suicides over the past year. Ngalla Maya founder Mervyn Eades wants an indigenous appropriate drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, with drug addiction particularly from crystal methamphetamine or ice use a major contributing factor. “In the past eight…

“Larger” Early Onset Dementia Link Prompt Youths To Rethink Alcohol

Mental health experts are calling for young people to be taught a better relationship with alcohol, after new research revealed a bigger link between excessive drinking and early onset dementia. WA Greens Mental Health spokesperson Alison Xamon said young people did not make the connection between their heavy drinking habits and health consequences later in…

FIFO Code Of Practice May Not Be Enough To Prevent Suicide

The Code of Practice for the mental health of FIFO workers might not be going far enough in assisting the prevention of adverse mental health and suicide rates in FIFO workers. Greens Spokesperson for Mental Health Hon Alison Xamon said while it superficially identified some risks to works, it failed to provide examples of best…

Trump Meets Florida Shooting Survivors, Promising Tougher Actions

US President Donald Trump has vowed to implement stronger background checks and  mental health checks for gun buyers, in the wake of the Florida school shooting. Mr Trump suggested the measures which also included arming teachers in a bid to prevent another massacre as he met with students, parents and teachers who survived last week’s…

Mental Health the Biggest Concern for Young People

Mental health is the number one concern for young Australians, with the number of people concerned about the condition doubling in two years. Mission Australia’s Youth Survey of 24,055 15 to 19-year-olds nationally revealed body image, stress and study among their biggest worries that caused mental health issues. 33.7 per cent of young people indicated…

Funding Investment Boosts FIFO Mental Health Research

Fly-in fly-out (FIFO) mental health is set to receive a boost in Western Australia following an investment into research involving the wellbeing and mental health impact of the FIFO arrangement on workers. The State Government has granted the University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Centre for Transformative Work Design $498,841 for research to understand the range…

RU OK Day Kicks off At Parliament With a Moo

A steer escaped its handlers leading them on a chase through Parliament House grounds during an event to promote RU OK Day. The steer known as Winston and a heifer called Clementine were brought in as part efforts to raise awareness about mental health on behalf of the event. However, matters took an unexpected turn…