Think Think members represent a strong and unified voice in the media landscape; calling for meaningful change, action and reform that will shape Australia’s future mental health.
‘I think my teen is depressed. How can I get them help and what are the treatment options?‘
Think Tank Chair Professor Maree Teesson shares recent trends in youth depression and practical strategies for parents supporting teens with depression.
‘Young Australians’ Loneliness Experiences’
Tiple J Hack
Think Tank Academic Lead Dr Marlee Bower spoke with Dave Marchese on ABC Triple J Radio about the latest trends in loneliness among young people and strategies to socially reconnect.
‘Study Finds City Planning Can make isolation worse’
Think Tank Academic Lead Dr Marlee Bower spoke with ABC Breakfast about how we can plan and build our cities to reduce loneliness and promote social connection.
‘One in four turned away: mental health’
Think Tank Member Professor Ian Hickie advocates for the federal government to reform the health system as new data reveals many Australians with mental illness have been turned away.
‘Tinkering with Medicare funding won’t fix the mental health system. We must overhaul our approach to care’
Think Tank Member Professor Ian Hickie on why we need to stop focusing on adjustments to existing funding models and shift the conversation to smart, system-wide mental health reform.
‘Pandemic’s health legacy will plague us, and I’m not talking about long COVID’
Sydney Morning Herald
Think Tank Member Professor Pat McGorry urges for a greater focus on upstream socio-economic determinants of suicide and mental ill-health and strong health care reform in the wake of COVID-19.
‘Why loneliness is both an individual thing and a shared result of the cities we create‘
Research conducted by Think Tank Academic Lead Dr Marlee Bower and colleagues shows how built environments – including the places where we live, work and play – can impact loneliness and connection.
‘Surging Rate of Mental ill-Health in young people and women shows need for reform, advocates Say’
Think Tank Chair Professor Maree Teesson shares why we are seeing an alarming surge in mental health disorders among young people and women.
‘How to look after your mental health during the latest COVID-19 wave’
Think Tank Chair Professor Maree Teesson spoke to Amy Hall from SBS News on how can we protect our mental health as we experience another wave of COVID-19.
‘Triple vaccination seems to reduce the chance of long COVID – but we still need to prepare for a jump in cases’
Think Tank Chair Professor Maree Teesson on why we need to prepare our health, welfare and disability services to support the growing number of Australians with Long COVID.
‘Advocacy groups call for more funding after 2.2 million Australians report mental health condition’
Following the release of 2021 Census data, Think Tank Chair Professor Maree Teesson and Research Program Officer Scarlett Smout highlight the urgent need to address delays in mental healthcare treatment and macroeconomic factors which can drive mental illness.
‘Australia’s Covid-19 deaths in 2022 more than double combined total from previous two years’
Think Tank Chair Professor Maree Teesson on why the COVID-19 pandemic, including being separated from friends and family, is going to have a lasting impact, particularly on young people
‘What’s taking the biggest toll on our mental health?’
New research, conducted in collaboration with Australia’s Mental Health Think Tank, asked 1,000 Australians about their priority concerns for mental health. Social disconnection, financial stress and the mental health service system were the top three major issues.
‘Cost of living pressures have had a significant impact on Australians’ mental health’
Public Health Association Australia
Australians experienced increasing financial stress, social disconnection and a strained mental health system during COVID-19, according to a new study in collaboration with Australia’s Mental Health Think Tank.
‘Australia needs to decolonise its mental health system and empower more Indigenous psychologists‘
Think Tank Member Professor Pat Dudgeon on how wellbeing is seen as holistic, with mental health inseparable from connections to family, culture and Country amongst Aboriginal people.
‘COVID-19: don’t Be fooled, the Kid’s are not okay’
Think Tank Member Professor Pat McGorry spoke with Cate Swannell about the impact of lockdowns and social restrictions on the mental health and development of young people.
‘Time for politicians to talk about the youth mental health crisis’
Sydney Morning Herald
Think Tank Chair Professor Maree Teesson and Academic Lead Marlee Bower provide steps a newly elected federal government can take to address the root causes of poor mental health in young people.
‘Co-morbidity: Why one mental illness can lead to more’
ABC All in the Mind
Think Tank Member Professor John McGrath spoke with Sana Qadar on All in the Mind about the pervasive nature of co-occurring mental health conditions and what that means for treatment and prevention.
‘No one is immune: How Open success, wave of support inspired Kyrgios’ depression revelations’
Sydney Morning Herald
Think Tank Chair Professor Maree Teesson spoke with SMH about the power of Nick Kyrgios’ openness and honesty around his mental health struggles.
‘I’m worried about how worried I am’
Think Tank Member Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin spoke with Dr Norman Swan and Tegan Taylor on ABC’s Coronacast about mental health recovery as we exit out of the acute stage of the pandemic.
‘why it’s crucial to reach out‘
Think Tank Member and Lifeline Chair John Brogden spoke with Richard Glover on ABC Drive about the importance of reaching out and accessing mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘COVID-19 and Australia’s Mental Health‘
QLD Mental Health Commission
Queensland Mental Health Commission featured key findings from our comprehensive evidence review ‘COVID-19 and Australia’s Mental Health’ in their latest Leading Reform Blog.
‘Most of us will recover our mental health after lockdown. But some will find it harder to bounce back‘
Our evidence review of 100+ Australian academic and policy documents, together with lived experience accounts, explores who experienced poor mental health in COVID-19 and why.
‘Experts urge higher income support payments to stem youth mental health crisis’
How do we better support youth mental health during COVID-19? Evidence from Australia’s Mental Health Think Tank shows economic supports are key, but in 2021 these remain limited, even in the face of increasing distress.
‘Healing among Indigenous people is more crucial now than ever. Here’s a way forward’
Think Tank Member Professor Pat Dudgeon on the importance of incorporating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and wisdom to strengthen collective wellbeing.
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