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Medical professionals have expressed concern over mental health, as Australia's second largest city - Melbourne - moves into the 12th week of

Fear and depression in locked-down Melbourne

September 23, 2020

Melbourne’s second lockdown has seen an increase in mental health issues, prompting concern from many of Australia’s leading medical experts.

Sister Carmel Hanson

Sister Carmel Hanson’s House of Hospitality

September 21, 2020

Sitting on the front step of the House of Hospitality on Christmas Eve, Sister Carmel Hanson waves goodbye...

Photo: Fia Walsh

Who are you calling hysterical? Why fangirls get to scream and shout

September 7, 2020

The term ‘fangirls’ likely conjures up images of teenage infatuation, of loitering at stage doors and plenty of screaming. But has this genre of fandom really earned its bad rap? The Citizen kicks off our new audio series, Mental.

Sound the alarm: Women losing sleep over gender inequality

Sound the alarm: Women losing sleep over gender inequality

August 10, 2020

The baby cries and Jessica Leski’s eyes snap open, adrenaline shooting through her body. Is he okay?...

For cultures hit by earlier pandemics, memory cues instinct to panic early

For cultures hit by earlier pandemics, memory cues instinct to panic early

July 7, 2020

The lockdown has reignited a lingering legacy of trauma for some, and laid down a new template for others, writes Connor Amor-Bendall for our special series Clayton 3168: Lockdown on the strip.

“There is a cultural problem in medicine of perfection,” says Dr Kieran Allen, a psychiatry registrar with Monash Health. Image: Shutterstock

Behind the mask, the toll on doctors of a not-so-caring profession

June 11, 2020

The images are everywhere – doctors being heroic and stoic; tearful and angry; tireless and exhausted. The COVID-19 pandemic has allowed a glimpse into the often overlooked pressures of the medical profession.

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Psychologist prescribes social media antidote

May 23, 2020

While self-isolation is vital for flattening the COVID-19 curve, the lack of social interactions can...

Life in a pandemic: handling fear and uncertainty

May 7, 2020

In this podcast we discuss practical tips for handling the fear, uncertainty, and denial that is arising for so many Australians right now.

“Already there is a high level of anxiety for pregnant women and mothers, but this has significantly increased with fears of what Covid-19 means for the woman, her baby, and her family

As pandemic adds to mother lode, calls for mental health support

April 14, 2020

Expectant parents are being reassured that there is no evidence that COVID-19 will harm their baby. But supporting and screening the mental health of new mothers must be a priority as the fallout of the pandemic takes its toll, experts say.

Boorowa farmer Daniel McGrath stands in his near-empty dam with his sheepdog Pearl.

Shadow of a drought

November 29, 2019

“I’ve been running my property for over 40 years and I have never seen it this bad. My dam has just...

For many students graduation anxiety develops from the uncertainty about finding a job after graduation. Photo: Tilly Hannan

Anxiety real for graduating students

October 11, 2019

But the thought of the upcoming shift into the “real” world is causing some students to develop what...

Seated mum, Michelle, speaking to her daughter who has her back to the camera

Climate crisis sparks mental health concerns

September 26, 2019

MICHELLE sits on a couch with me one hazy afternoon in Lismore. It’s her daughter’s second birthday and the proud, newly two-year-old is playing on the carpet with a pink kaleidoscope. The conversation turns briefly to climate change. “I’m terrified,” she says, “I’m about to have another baby. I sometimes wake up in a panic. What’s the world going to look like for my children?”

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