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Tag: Mental health

MoodOff Day 2021: could you cope for five hours without your phone?

If you’ve ever been phubbed – that is, phone snubbed – and felt second best to a smartphone, challenge yourself and your nearest and dearest to go five hours without smartphones this Sunday, 28 February.

Sleep helps keep teens’ mental health on track

As families settle back into a new school year, sleep experts are reminding parents about the importance of teenagers getting enough sleep, cautioning them that insufficient sleep can negatively affect their mental health.

Review finds systemic change needed to address youth suicide in ACT

A report into youth suicide in the ACT offers seven recommendations to better support services, schools, family, peers and create systemic change.

Youth mental health support services a priority

The ACT Government’s 2020-21 Budget is focusing on the expansion and improvement of mental health support services and programs in Canberra, providing over $15 million to the initiative. The Barr Labor Government is...

Galilee School expands to support students

Twenty years since it opened to a cohort of 20 students on the site of an old dairy farm, [email protected] Galilee School is expanding to help vulnerable students attain a Year 12 certificate.

ACT Government recommits to PACER mental health election promise

Before the first Budget of the ACT’s new parliamentary term is revealed next week, the Government has recommitted to its election promise of extending PACER - Police, Ambulance and Clinician Early Response...

Trust in government grows in young people, but mental health declines

A new study from the Australian Catholic University (ACU) has found young Australians surveyed during COVID-19 experienced a sharp drop in mental health, but their trust in government improved after years in...

New mental health minister outlines priorities

Since the ACT election in last October, the new Mental Health Minister, Emma Davidson, has been working on the complexities of the portfolio to understand the service gaps and is optimistic they...

Keeping busy isn’t the best way to stay sane in quarantine

One year into the pandemic mandatory quarantine remains a common occurrence in the ACT, and a new RMIT University study reveals keeping busy may not be the best way to cope with...

Need for early intervention identified in ACT mental health sector

A recent Productivity Commission report into the mental health system has found close to half of Australian adults have met the diagnostic criteria for mental illness at some point in their lives.

A ‘chat to Pat’ could save a life

Drug and alcohol support service Directions Health has a brand new set of wheels. Directions Health will be hitting in the road in their new van, named ‘Pat’ – Pathways to Assistance and...

‘I feel my stomach turning’: Mental health challenges remain for bushfire-affected communities

For Long Beach resident Grace Hornby, last summer’s bushfires are never far from her mind. Evacuating over the New Year period from her NSW South Coast home with her partner and two young...