What is Depression and How Can We Manage It?

Ministry of Health Vanuatu April 2019 Mental Health Newsletter What is Depression? Approximately 1-in-5 people will experience Depression at some stage of their lives. It is normal for people to experience short periods of sadness. Although some people may say that they are depressed if they feel sad at times, Depression, formally known as Major Depressive […]

March 2019 Newsletter: Positive Psychology and the Pursuit of Happiness

Ministri blong helt Vanuatu Niusleta blong Mental Helt Maj 2019 Positif Psychology mo Persut blong Hapines 11-13 Maj 2019 MoH I bin trenem araon 15 jej, women, mo komuniti lidas lo saet blo idaentifaem mo imployim Saeko sosol fes eid sapos oli kam akros sam we oli fesem mentol helt jalens lo respektif komuniti blo […]

Adolescent Mental Health in a Rapidly Changing World

October 10th, 2018 is World Mental Health Day Here are the top 10 tips for looking after your mental health, according to The Mental Health Foundation: 1. Talk about your feelings (with people who are likely to listen and not judge) 2. Exercise regularly (30 mins a day, 5 days a week) 3. Eat well […]

Let’s Put a Stop to All Violence

Violence Against Women Worldwide In 2012, in the Republic of Guinea, a country located on the west coast of Africa, 92% of women and 66% of men surveyed agreed that a husband is justified in beating his wife for at least one of the following reasons: she has burnt the food, she has argued with him, she […]

What Are the Secrets to Long-term Happiness, Health and Wellbeing?

Recently I’ve begun taking an interest in a field called public health. The World Health Organisation has defined public health as: “The art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts of society” — Acheson, 1988 As time has gone on, there have been some studies that have helped public […]

The 10 Things You Need to Know About The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

1. There are 10 categories of experience that are considered to have adverse consequences on the later development of children These include: Abuse: Emotional Physical Sexual Neglect: Emotional Physical Household Dysfunction: Domestic Violence Substance Abuse Mental Illness Parental Separation/Divorce Crime 2. It is possible to determine your own Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) score The ACE […]

How Should We Define Success As A Nation?

The Olympic Slide Following the completion of the Rio Olympic Games, a theme of concern became evident across the various media platforms in Australia. Our overall medal tally at the Olympic Games has been in decline since it’s peak of 58 in Sydney in 2000, with 49 in Athens in 2004, 46 in Beijing in 2008, […]

Angry Boys Become Angry Men: The Constraints and Consequences of Idealising Hyper-Masculinity

The messages that we deliver to boys about what it means to be a man can have a powerful impact on who they become I recently watched a fascinating documentary on Netflix titled ‘The Mask You Live In’ about the American masculine ideal and the consequences of teaching boys not to value emotions, sensitivity, connection, […]