• Is COVID changing our personalities?

    Open Forum     |      August 9, 2020

    Our personalities have been known to change during unusually distressing times, such as a global pandemic locking us all away in our homes, but researchers from the US say that so far the COVID-19 pandemic has had very little effect on the “Big Five” personality traits.

  • Australia’s Health 2020 report reveals mental health crisis

    Open Forum     |      July 24, 2020

    The Australia’s health 2020 report shows one in five Australians reported a mental or behavioural condition in 2017-18, but a UNSW mental health prize is helping to highlight the work of people fighting this crisis.

  • The pathologization of normality?

    Nick Haslam     |      July 22, 2020

    Concerns that normality is being medicalised by the inflation of psychiatric diagnosis criteria appear overblown – but some conditions do need scrutiny.

  • Assessing COVID’s impact on pre-schooler mental health

    Open Forum     |      June 5, 2020

    The mental health of Australian pre-schoolers will be assessed in a survey on how they and their families are coping with coronavirus.

  • Teens sought for lockdown mental health study

    Open Forum     |      May 15, 2020

    As Covid-19 continues to spread around the world, a South Australian research team is looking at the impact of mass lockdowns on children’s mental health and wellbeing.

  • Going green beats the blues

    Caroline Tang     |      May 15, 2020

    A group of UNSW cross-discipline experts discuss the benefits of plants, gardening and green spaces during COVID-19.

  • Australia must plan for the toll on mental health

    Yolande Hutchinson     |      April 30, 2020

    A UNSW Professor says long-term mental health issues are a hidden threat from COVID-19 in launching this year’s Australian mental health prize.

  • How are you doing?

    Jane Fisher     |      April 11, 2020

    How well are you managing under these unprecedented health restrictions? A 10 minute University survey, open to everyone over 18 in the country, is looking for your input to find out how the country is coping.

  • Handling the “disenfranchised grief” of COVID-19

    Maggie Kirkman     |      March 29, 2020

    Public messaging informed by an understanding of “disenfranchised grief” is more likely to be experienced as helpful and reassuring and so encourage people to undertake the social distancing measures which will help protect us all.

  • Keeping your head amid COVID-19

    Terry Bowles     |      March 28, 2020

    When there’s a crisis the first impulse can be fear and panic. But the COVID-19 pandemic demands clear thought, so here is one way to adapt your thinking.

  • COVID-19 takes a toll of mental health

    David Forbes     |      March 28, 2020

    Coronavirus isn’t only taking a physical toll, it’s playing with our minds, too, but there are steps we should all be taking to keep ourselves mentally well

  • Rethinking interactions with mental health patients

    Open Forum     |      January 21, 2020

    New research overturns the belief that people with severe mental illness are incapable of effective communication with their psychiatrist, and are able to work together with them to achieve better outcomes for themselves.