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New unit provides mother and baby mental health support to western Sydney

New unit provides mother and baby mental health support to western Sydney

The eight-bed unit at Westmead Hospital will allow 120 patients a year to be treated for severe postnatal depression and anxiety in the public system.

  • by Mary Ward

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Why eco-anxiety is stopping people from having children

Why eco-anxiety is stopping people from having children

“I used to hear young men and women say, ’I’m on the fence about having children. Now it’s more likely to be, ‘There’s no way I want to bring children into this world.’,” says a Sydney psychologist.

  • by Dilvin Yasa
Push for ‘army’ of Indigenous psychologists to curb youth suicide in WA

Push for ‘army’ of Indigenous psychologists to curb youth suicide in WA

Fed up with inquiries that are promptly ignored Tracy Westerman is aiming create an “army of Indigenous psychologists” to curb soaring rates of suicide in Aboriginal communities.

  • by Lauren Pilat
‘I’m happy to be here’: Dokic says stepping away from top-level sport can change lives

‘I’m happy to be here’: Dokic says stepping away from top-level sport can change lives

Jelena Dokic can empathise with Naomi Osaka, who this week tearfully announced she would take an indefinite break from tennis following her third-round exit from the US Open.

  • by Sarah Burt
Call for mental health screening in schools amid surge in psychological distress

Call for mental health screening in schools amid surge in psychological distress

A national survey of more than 25,000 teenagers has found one-quarter experienced psychological distress during 2020.

  • by Jewel Topsfield
‘Pressure to be this perfect human’: One in four young people in psychological distress

‘Pressure to be this perfect human’: One in four young people in psychological distress

Young women aged 15 to 19 are twice as likely to experience psychological distress as young men, putting them at risk of mental health problems that disrupt their lives well into adulthood.

  • by Caitlin Fitzsimmons
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I flouted COVID rules and risked my life, desperate to lose weight

Feeling exposed from my book tour is one reason my eating disorder came back during lockdown. But it’s not the only reason.

  • by Lucia Osborne Crowley
The real Tranquillums: Can a wellness retreat change your life?

The real Tranquillums: Can a wellness retreat change your life?

Nine Perfect Strangers and its fictional sanctuary may be an aspirational, if wacky, take on retreats – but there’s something real everyone can take from healing and self-care.

  • by Sarah Thomas
‘I never thought I’d fall in love again’: Felicity Urquhart on life and loss

‘I never thought I’d fall in love again’: Felicity Urquhart on life and loss

“I talk about this loss in the hope that even one man just like him can do something and save their life, because of being loved.”

  • by Jane Rocca
As the weather warms and resilience wanes, let us explore more of our world

As the weather warms and resilience wanes, let us explore more of our world

The government must consider easing some restrictions before the school holidays. Doing so will give everyone some relief after a difficult winter.

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‘It’s completely shocking when it’s your child’: What’s driving the youth mental health crisis

‘It’s completely shocking when it’s your child’: What’s driving the youth mental health crisis

Youth mental health was already a large and worsening problem before the pandemic, but COVID-19 has exacerbated it.

  • by Caitlin Fitzsimmons