Children’s mental health throughout COVID-19 pandemic

Natalie Escobar, Reporter

May 17, 2020

Throughout these tough times, many of us have struggled with our mental health. Although, many people might not realise that COVID-19 has also impacted children’s mental health. Kids Helpline has been one way children who are struggling through the pandemic can find support. According to Kids...

What is an incel?

Mel Lastman Square, the half-way point of the Toronto attack where many of the victims were struck by the van.

Linton Price

May 3, 2018

After the harrowing attack in Toronto, in which a man praised the murderer Eliot Rogers in an online post before killing 10 and injuring 16 mostly female victims, there are three questions that need answering. What is an incel, are there any here in Perth, and should I be worried? First thing's first:...

Athletes hit with depression and anxiety

Loneliness among athletes

Ebony Garlett, Reporter

April 5, 2018

Exercise is promoted as being good for mental and physical health but some elite athletes are experiencing the opposite effect. Australian netballer Sharni Layton explained to PerthNow that she has felt “really alone at times’’. Rated as one of the world's leading defenders, Layton said she did not ...

Bringing mental health to work

Bringing mental health to work

Lisa Simcock, ECU Reporter

October 9, 2017

The Transformative Work Design Centre at UWA has partnered with The Mental Health Commission (MHC) to help raise awareness about mental health for employees in workplaces across Western Australia. The State Government is giving $500,000 to the partnership to allow UWA researchers to promote positive mental health and wellbeing via assessment tools, training modules, educational materials and other resources. The ...

Prevention better than cure

Prevention better than cure

Kristy Clark, ECU Reporter

September 18, 2017

Western Australia’s recent state budget has promised an allocation of $61.7 million to help boost mental health prevention and treatment services to better support WA communities. In a statement WA’s Mental Health minister, Roger Cook, announced, "Our focus is on building strong communities, safer...

Jumping to awareness


Ashleigh Melanko, ECU Reporter

September 17, 2017

Women being dissatisfied with their bodies is a common occurrence, and a common topic of conversation in the the media, but what about men? Doctor Alison Field from the Boston Children's Hospital said in an interview that, "there are some males who do want to be thinner but many more are focused on wa...

COMMENT: Respect for the triggered

COMMENT: Respect for the triggered

Holly Ferguson, ECU Reporter and Dircksey Editor

September 10, 2017

As the editor of a student magazine, I always strive to ensure that I, my section editors and our contributors consider the thoughts and feelings of readers and provide trigger warnings where necessary. But, I have learnt that the topic of trigger warnings is very divisive and controversial. This y...

Moods and the microbiome

Moods and the microbiome

Oliver Pomeroy

September 3, 2017

A new paper shows that there may be a link between the bacteria in the stomach and anxious and depressive behaviours. The research was conducted at the University College Cork, a leading research institution in Ireland and it focused on the bacteria in the stomach microbiome of rats. Microbiome is...

Where the hell is Newman anyway? And why do people live there?

The sun sets in Newman over a local haunt, affectionately known as the “Purple Pub”

Marley Amphlett, ECU Reporter

August 27, 2017

Are the financial benefits worth it for residents and FIFO workers of Newman. Should mental health care be more of a priority in rural areas of WA?

War Vets’ Post-Traumatic Stress Linked to Chronic Illness

The 5th Royal Australian Regiment, marching in Perth's ANZAC Day parade, 2016. Photo credit: Kimberley McGivern

Kimberley McGivern, Reporter

April 21, 2017

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been linked to 11 chronic illnesses and diseases, according to a world first study into its long-term effects. The study, funded by the Queensland branch of the Returned Serviceman’s League, found PTSD caused an increased risk of developing cardiovascular...

Social networking ‘contributes to preventing Alzheimer’s’

Social networking may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's.

Danny Rogers, Staff reporter

October 21, 2015

Facebookers rejoice, researchers believe that social networking can contribute to preventing Alzheimer’s disease. As people get older, the risk of the illness can increase; for those over 40, the risk can double every five years. ECU neuroscientist and clinical psychologist Dr. Hamid Sohrabi,...

Calls for FIFO camps to be abolished

Tom Price Min. Used under Creative Commons license.

Matthew Dower, Staff reporter

September 2, 2014

WA Nationals member Brendan Grylls has called for a reduction in fly-in, fly-out operations, saying that mining companies with FIFO workers should be penalised financially. Mr Grills made the comments after an increase in the suicide rate of FIFO workers. A spokesman for Mr Grylls said mining...

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