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Kids in detention: is Immigration malicious, or just utterly incompetent?

The Immigration Department has long known about the challenges of providing mental health services to detainees. Its failures on Christmas Island and Nauru reflect massive incompetence.

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Revealing the double standards over mental health and refugees

The difference in public perception of physical and mental health issues is plain to see in the recent outrage over allegations involving navy personnel and asylum seekers.

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In tune: the healing links between music and mental health

While laying the foundations of Western philosophy, Plato wrote: “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Science proves he was onto something, writes Amy Vee.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

In a country with a long history of bushfires it takes more that a statement by a politician to convince most people that a weather event is definitely part of a climate one.

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Mental health in the workplace: employers can do more

On World Mental Health Day, are Australian employers supportive of the vast number of employees suffering from mental illness? SmartCompany looks at one case.

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The forgotten election issue: hopeless state of mental health care

Labor declared mental health a priority in its second term but not nearly enough has been delivered. A new report shows the devastating policy failure, writes mental health campaigner John Mendoza.

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Anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage … and the new mental health minister

ALP Senator Jacinta Collins has had a meteoric rise into Rudd’s new cabinet. Who is she — and will her intense social conservatism raise serious questions about her capacity to function as Mental Health Minister?

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From anxiety to Asperger’s, how the DSM is redefining disorders

The “bible” for mental health disorders is getting a much-needed update. It could reshape diagnosis and treatment for many sufferers, and not everyone is happy, writes Wes Mountain at The Citizen.

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PromiseWatch 2013: mental health services policy

What are the major parties promising in terms of mental health services? Crikey journalist Andrew Crook and the CDP’s Julia Hosking find out.

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Battle Scars: veterans and their families respond

To end the Battle Scars series on Crikey — examining the prevalence of PTSD in younger veterans — ex-military personnel and family of veterans weigh in.

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Battle Scars: why soldiers should kill with drones not guns

As part of Crikey’s Battle Scars series into mental health in the armed force, an anonymous ex-navy officer calls for more drones to avoid soldiers being so affected by what they’ve seen.

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Battle Scars: ‘I wish I could have the man I married back’

Crikey’s Battle Scars series explores the issues of mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder amongst our young veterans. One anonymous young army wife talks of living with a veteran battling PTSD.

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Battle Scars: how angry young veterans rewrote PTSD treatment

Younger veterans battling PTSD have different issues than from the Vietnam days — new treatment programs were needed. Psychologists tell Crikey how they treat those struggling with combat stress.

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Battle Scars: breaking PTSD stereotypes

As a young female navy veteran in her 30s, Hannah Parker doesn’t fit the mould of a post-traumatic stress disorder sufferer. But her story illustrates how the navy treats those who seek mental health support.

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Battle Scars: how the govt treats broken soldiers

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is in charge of helping veterans struggling with mental health issues. Its deputy director speaks to Crikey about what the department is doing — and its future challenges.

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Battle Scars: fighting on ‘until you’re about to put a rope around your neck’

Steve Ager couldn’t admit his psychological suffering to himself, and was then warned off admitting it to his military superiors. The trauma of witnessing horrific scenes at home and abroad still haunts.

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Battle Scars: fighting the ADF’s warrior culture on mental health

Soldiers are told to be tough, but mental scars go undiagnosed. A new Crikey investigation Battle Scars examines post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues in younger veterans.

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Latham: I only said what Robb had said himself

The former Labor leader is standing by his reference to Andrew Robb’s mental health issues in a newspaper column last week. He says the Right-wing commentariat has no right to call for his comments to be censored.

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Military mental health plan revealed — but problem underestimated

A new Defence Force report outlines how the military plans to deal with mental health issues like alcoholism and post traumatic stress disorder among troops. The problem is being underestimated.

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On mental health and suicide prevention, are we stuck in Groundhog Day?

Australia’s first National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention fails to address many important issues, writes Jaelea Skehan.

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What’s missing from the first national mental health report card

The National Mental Health Commission’s first report card suggests a new beginning, but the next should focus less about the past twenty years and more about the next twenty, writes Sebastian Rosenberg.

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Fly-in-fly-out psychiatric services for Nauru detention

The company that will manage health services, including mental health services, for detainees on Nauru is at the centre of criticisms that detainee mental health problems have been poorly handled.

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Geiger counters, empty playgrounds: dispatch from Fukushima

The people of Fukushima face sadness and tough decisions — but some have found hope, writes Australian nuclear radiologist Dr Peter Karamoskos, who visited the region last month.

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Is our suicide rate falling? Yes — but …

Criticism of the ABS’s suicide statistics is unwarranted, but the picture it paints is not all positive.

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The evolution of mental health services: a Q & A with SANE’s Barbara Hocking

SANE Australia’s Executive Director Barbara Hocking reflects on the success and failures of mental health treatment over the last two decades.

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