mental health

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We are making progress in understanding some of the most elusive and debilitating conditions of modern times – the mental illnesses that account for almost a quarter of the health-related disability worldwide, write Ian Jacobs and Michael Spence.

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UNSW and the University of Sydney have announced an historic medical research partnership to help tackle two of the biggest challenges of our time – mental illness and addiction.

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Early intervention and diversion away from the criminal justice system can enable Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disabilities to live with dignity, write Elizabeth McEntyre, Eileen Baldry,and Ruth McCausland.

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Early support could save lives and allow Aboriginal people with mental and cognitive disability to live with dignity in their communities, writes Ruth McCausland.

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A new project to sequence the genomes of families living with bipolar disorder should identify some of the complex genetic factors behind the debilitating disease.

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Installing barriers and safety nets at public sites with a high incidence of suicide can reduce the number of deaths by more than 90%, according to new research.

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De-stigmatising mental illness through the stories of sporting heroes is a powerful way to tackle the issue, write Justin Richards, Philip Ward and Simon Rosenbaum.

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Australia could see a 20% drop in suicide attempts and deaths if governments took nine immediate steps, a UNSW mental health expert will tell a national summit today.

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The government's contention that employment is positive for those with mental illness is strongly supported by the evidence, write Philip Mitchell and Geoffrey Waghorn.

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Conflating suicide and mental health statistics with FIFO deaths is counterproductive, writes Carlo Caponecchia.

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