Mental health

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Self-compassion to boost wellbeing
Self-compassion to boost wellbeing

We know what it means to be kind and compassionate towards others, but practicing self-compassion can be something that many people struggle with. So, what is self-compassion? And, what impact does it have on our overall health and wellbeing? We speak to Dr Judy Pickard from the University of Wollongong to find out more.

Volunteering to improve wellbeing
Volunteering to improve wellbeing

A quarter of Australians aged 15 years and over participated in unpaid voluntary work through an organisation in 2020, whilst almost half provided unpaid work or support to others outside their households. In today’s article we speak to Dr Darja Kragt from the University of Western Australia about why people are motivated to volunteer their time, and how it boosts their overall sense of wellbeing.

Supporting educators through the pandemic
Supporting educators through the pandemic

Educators have been on the 'frontline' of the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting students and their families through this challenging time. For some, this will have taken a serious toll on their own wellbeing. Here, Professor Alison Calear from ANU discusses some of the mental health impacts of being in this caregiving role, and how we can do more to support teachers during this time.

Four pillars to build your resilience
Four pillars to build your resilience

Students, parents, curricular and extracurricular activities, playground duties, administration and those Friday afternoon meetings are just some of the elements that contribute to teacher burnout and stress. In today’s article Donna Smith, an experienced teacher and sessional tutor at the University of the Sunshine Coast, shares four fundamental pillars that have been identified in the research literature in promoting resilience.

Adults engaging in reading for pleasure
Adults engaging in reading for pleasure

We often hear about why it’s important that children read for pleasure, but we don’t seem to place that same importance on adults’ reading habits. So, is it important that adults read for enjoyment? And if so, how many adults actually read for pleasure on a regular basis? We talk to Dr Judith Seaboyer from the University of Queensland to find out more.

Emotional eating – why people turn to food in times of stress
Emotional eating – why people turn to food in times of stress

The fundamental reason we eat food is to provide our bodies with the nutrients and energy we need to function. But, we often eat for other reasons too. In today’s article we speak to Associate Professor Esben Strodl about emotional eating, why people turn to food in times of stress and why it’s important to understand our emotional triggers.

Improving your memory
Improving your memory

Keeping physically fit, eating a healthy diet and doing regular mental exercises can help to maintain your brain’s functions and boost its capacity for recall. Professor Kaarin Anstey from UNSW joins us today to discuss how the brain changes as we age, lifestyle factors that affect the brain and tips for improving our brain function and memory.

Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder
Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a group of stress symptoms that can develop after one (or sometimes more than one) traumatic event. Dr Joanne Beames, from the Black Dog Institute, joins us today to discuss the signs and symptoms of PTSD, how prevalent it is in society, and explain ways people experiencing it can find help and support.

Mental health: Understanding depression
Mental health: Understanding depression

Depression is more than just a low mood – it's a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health. Dr Grant Blashki, a practicing GP and Lead Clinical Advisor at Beyond Blue, discusses what it feels like for the person experiencing depression, how prevalent it is in society, and how to start a conversation that could save a life.

The basics of mindfulness
The basics of mindfulness

What is mindfulness? And, what impact does practicing mindfulness have on our physical and mental health? In today’s article we speak to Dr Addie Wootten, a clinical psychologist and CEO of Smiling Mind, to find out more.