family grieving in cemetery
The true impact of suicide is hidden

Alarming as recent suicide figures are, they don’t reflect its’ true impact on our community – the flow-on effect on family, friends and others has a substantial impact.

Man sitting alone on a park bench
Loneliness study and the power of human connection

As loneliness becomes an increasing public health concern, psychologists and researchers are looking at the power of human connection. Using the UCLA Loneliness Scale, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) has recently collaborated with Swinburne University to conduct a loneliness study in Australia.

lonely man with headache
The physical impact of loneliness, Part 1

Its well-recognised that loneliness plays a significant role in causing and exacerbating emotional difficulties, but recent research into loneliness has also led to a greater understanding of how it can ravage our bodies.

men fishing - new approaches to men's mental health are needed
New approaches to men’s mental health are vital

What can account for the marked gender differences in help seeking behaviour?  It could be due in part to the availability of services tailored to meet the needs of men’s mental health.

Woman crying. Domestic and Family Violence Prevention is up to all of us
Domestic and Family Violence Prevention – it’s up to all of us

Despite an increase in effort, we are not seeing a decline Domestic and Family Violence.  Why?  Partly because our efforts are failing to address the systemic issues behind it.

Blurred crowd of people - New Australian Bureau of Statistics Report
New Australian Bureau of Statistics Report shows 9.1% increase in suicide

A new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that 3,128 people died from suicide in 2017. A 9.1% increase over the previous year, with suicide ranked as the 13th leading cause of death, moving up from 15th position in 2016.

Man looking out at wilderness - loneliness & isolation has always been a danger to us
The wilderness inside of us: loneliness vs social isolation

The fear associated with loneliness and social isolation can be traced back to humanity’s earliest days. The definitions have changed over time, but the underlying feeling of disconnection, has always been dangerous for us.

Research now acknowledges that mindfulness practice can really make a difference to your life
World Mindfulness Day

Research now acknowledges that mindfulness practice, or paying attention non-judgmentally moment to moment, can really make a difference to your life and your levels of contentment or happiness.

Listening and supporting people you care about is one of the best ways to reduce suicide
World Suicide Prevention Day 2018: how to reduce suicide

Suicide is a major social health issue in our society. In Australia in 2016, 2,866 Australians took their own life. But you can help reduce these statistics.

Loneliness has been identified as an epidemic
Is loneliness the curse of our generation?

The evidence of a new public health threat is mounting. Society has ignored this threat for too long and now researchers and politicians are warning that we’re in the midst of an epidemic. This epidemic is one we all recognise. Loneliness.