Mental health

A Grief without a loss: John Brodgen shares.

John Brogden, Chair of Lifeline

“Watching the statistics on calls to Lifeline is a good way for us to monitor how the community is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic,” says John Brogden, Chair of Lifeline, the 24-hour telephone crisis support service. He was speaking to Good Grief! in August last year when he said that. … Read more

The link between loneliness and early death.

Together by Vivek H Murthy

“When Vivek Murthy accepted the role of Surgeon General under Obama, he thought his main focus would be tackling the opioid crisis and obesity. Instead, he discovered a much larger health crisis, one that connects the sick and the seemingly well: loneliness,” says Allen and Unwin, who have just published … Read more

When the fear of running out of money is greater than the fear of death.

Five Invitations, from Frank Ostaseski's website.

“Some people fear running out of money more than death itself,” said ABC TV’s financial commentator Alan Kohler’s the other night. You can see why. Kohler was making the point because with the Covid-19 led recession, the worst of which is to come, unemployment will rise, the official definition of … Read more

Is fear of death a factor in some mental illness?

Death Anxiety - cover of InPsych, December 2018.

The article “Death anxiety – the worm at the core of mental illness” argues that death anxiety is a hidden factor in many mental illness, and that this crosses over into many disorders. The article, by Rachel E. Menzies and Associate Professor Ross G. Menzies, was published in the Australian … Read more

Work and end-of-life care – online for post-Covid times

Work has gone online – even, surprisingly, in the healthcare space. We’ve discovered more about what’s effective and what isn’t as lawyers, school teachers and sales people have developed new online practices. However, at times this can feel like two steps forward, one step back. Some Sydney lawyers report that … Read more