According to the Brain Foundation, there are a wide number of conditions, diseases and injuries classified as ‘brain disorders’. These conditions include Alzheimer’s disease, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, migraine, multiple sclerosis, and many others. Brain disease and injury affects millions of Australians and their loved ones.
In Australia, 10% of people over the age of 65 and 30% over the age of 85 have some form of dementia – that’s more than 340,000 Australians. Dementia is more common in older people, although younger people are sometimes affected.
Mental Health Week raises community awareness about mental health issues and is held in October each year to coincide with World Mental Health Day on 10 October. The 2016 Mental Health Week is being held from 8 to 15 October. The 2016 theme is Act-Belong-Commit with a focus on suicide prevention, ‘Together we can save lives’.
In any one year, about one million people in Australia experience depression. Up to one in five women and one in eight men will experience depression at some time in their lives.
Clearly, mental health is an issue affecting many Australians. An individual's ability to relate to their family, friends, workmates and the broader community can be affected by their mental health. Mental illness can cause significant distress and disability, leading to isolation of, and discrimination against, those affected.
While statistics on the incidence of depression vary, there is general acceptance that approximately one in five people will experience depression at some time in their adult life.
In Australia, 10% of people over the age of 65 and 30% over the age of 85 have some form of dementia – more than 320,000 Australians.
Studies have shown that people who consume a lot of curries seem to have lower rates of dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.
Next week is Mental Health Week, which runs until 12 October.
When it comes to suicide there are usually more questions than answers, especially when there have been no outward signs - such as a mental illness - to suggest that someone is at risk.
Next week is R U OK day - dedicated to reminding people to regularly check in with family and friends who might be struggling with life.
There are many forms of dementia and early diagnosis is important for effective treatment.
A new test using a deck of playing cards has been launched as a tool to detect subtle changes that could signify early stage dementia.
People who are depressed have lower concentrations of zinc in their peripheral blood.
Alzheimer's patients offered hope within 5 years with a new medication breakthrough.
Would you want to know your Alzheimer's Disease Risk?
Antidepressant use is on the rise in rich countries.
Diabetes can lead to depression. Sometimes a dose of Vitamin D can help.