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Information provided by beyondblue.org.au In general, men tend to put off getting any kind of help because they think they're supposed to be tough, self-reliant, able to manage pain and take charge of situations. This can make it hard for men to acknowledge they have any health problems, let alone a mental health problem. Depression is a serious and common condition which won't get better by itself. If you had a broken arm or a deep cut on your foot, you wouldn't expect that to heal without medical help. It's the same with depression. But what is depression? How is it different to just...

What is Depression? "Depression" is such a common word these days but do you really know what it is? Depression is a normal mood. We all have moments when our mood is low and we're really struggling to push through the day. At these times we may feel as though it's all too hard. We all experience this from time-to-time, but then the moment passes and we get back to life. This is okay. Not necessarily pleasant but okay because it's normal. What's not normal is when you can't snap out of this low mood. When it's present most days and lasts...

[caption id="attachment_3035" align="alignleft" width="300"] (Photo credit: www.bushtv.com.au)[/caption] Enjoying mental health means having a sense of wellbeing, being able to function during everyday life and feeling confident to rise to a challenge when the opportunity arises. Just like your physical health, there are actions you can take to increase your mental health. Boost your wellbeing and stay mentally healthy by following a few simple steps. Connect with others. Develop and maintain strong relationships with people around you who will support and enrich your life. The quality of our personal relationships has a great effect on our wellbeing. Putting time and effort into building...

[caption id="attachment_3022" align="alignleft" width="300"] (Photo credit: www.healthable.org)[/caption] The physical health benefits of exercise are well researched and understood. But what do we really know about exercise and its effect on our mental health? We're always being told to do more exercise because of the masses of evidence it wards off a host of nasty illnesses. But if you're someone who uses a good walk, run or gym workout to shake off stress or lift a low mood, there's some science on your side too. While there's less known about the effect of exercise on your mind compared to your body, what is known suggests...

Psychologists analyse the way that people feel, think, socialise and act. Through a variety of treatments and strategies psychologists help lessen suffering and improve mental well being. While individuals often think of talking therapy when they hear the term psychologist, this profession really encompasses a very wide variety of specialisations, including: clinical psychology (addressing mental health problems), spirituality and positive psychology (optimising personal strengths and wellbeing), health psychology (managing illness like obesity and cancer), organisational psychology (enhancing work place performance), educational and developmental psychology (supporting learning and child development), and human behaviour research. Practicing psychologists possess clinical abilities and the professional training...

New research suggests Australia has the highest rates of cancer in the world with obesity being one of the main factors. http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/who-cancer-rate-data-show8217s-australia-has-worst-in-the-world/story-fneszs56-1226690657650 What’s your diet like? Do you exercise much? Are you at a healthy weight right now? Australian health guidelines recommend you have 5 serves of veg, 2 pieces of fruit and 30 mins of exercise per day. Write down how stressed you feel on a scale of 0 to 10 for a week, then commit to following these guidelines for 2 weeks. At the end of the 2 weeks re-rate your stress and see if there’s a difference....

Learning to meditate can really boost your mental health but the many different types of meditation can confuse beginners trying to establish a practice. While there are many types available, two of the most popular forms are mindfulness meditation and concentrative meditation. Mindfulness is the quality of being non-judgementally aware of our experiences as they happen, rather than being caught up in the habitual thinking and behaviours that often cause distress. Mindfulness is a state of being that we all innately have but that can also be refined through meditation. One common mindfulness meditation involves sitting comfortably and observing the breath...

The Sutherland Shire Library can be a good place to find information cheaply.   Local newspapers like the St George & Sutherland Shire Leader and particularly local libraries often have information on what’s going on around you, and where you can go to join support group. You can make an effort to keep informed about depression by reading the latest books or checking out web sites, etc. Most libraries (Sutherland Shire Library) now have a special section devoted to mental health and well-being. Sutherland Library Established in 1953 and with 41205 members, the library is located on 30-36 Belmont Street,Sutherland,NSW 2232. How to contact the library: Tel: 02 9710 0351 Opening...