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Mental health

We don’t believe in a future where medication is the only way to tackle mental health issues.

Today's mental health challenge

Each year, one in five Australian adults experience some form of mental illness, with economic costs estimated at up to $40 billion. In children and youth, an estimated 560,000 experience feelings of anxiety and depression that can cascade into deleterious lifelong outcomes. If left undetected or untreated, this can develop into significant health problems in their teenage years, including eating disorders, substance abuse, school delinquency and psychiatric illnesses.

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This future shouldn't exist; we're changing it

  • A Different Lens: The State of Our Mental Health

    Mental health is a subject which is still largely misunderstood. Yet it affects one in four people at some point in their lives, regardless of gender, race and age. In this episode of A Different Lens, Monash academics and researchers examine the rise of mental health issues and the ramifications it has on society, as well as exploring what’s being done to help treat it, prevent it and counter its impact on our future.

  • Cyberbullying

    No one-size-fits-all approach in tackling cyberbullying.

    Working closely with US software company Botanic Technologies, Dr Christine Grove from the Faculty of Education is developing an artificial intelligence application that can simulate human conversation, responding with supportive information to concerns from students who are at risk of disengagement.

    Monash Lens is home to expert commentary and stories from our academics and researchers who are helping to change the world, just like Dr Grove."

  • What Happens Next? Podcast: #NoFilter

    What Happens Next? is a podcast series where Dr Susan Carland explores the biggest challenges facing the world today. A podcast by Monash University.

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has said that privacy is no longer a “social norm”. However, what impacts does this lack of privacy and use of social media have on us? What does the world look like if we fail to properly address the impacts of social media on mental health, especially in young people?

    In episode 16 #NoFilter, Associate Professor Nicky Jacobs shares a unique insight into the teenage mind and how it’s impacted by social media. Her research shows that teenage brains operate differently and are differently impacted by social media. In this episode Dr Susan Carland talks to Nicky about what might happen to the next generation if we don’t change how they engage with and use social media, and what’s happening inside those brains of theirs right now.