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What makes a mental health app work?

Clinicians I talk to often say that they recommend mental health apps all the time, but they find that even the most enthusiastic users seem to disengage pretty quickly.

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Have you lost your mojo?
Have you lost your mojo?
Dr Jan Orman

I’m pretty sure I’ve lost mine. I lost it in the early part of 2021 and haven’t laid eyes on it since.

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Are we all ok?
Are we all ok?
Dr Jan Orman

Often OK is the very best I can do (especially lately), and I try to be grateful for that, but wouldn’t it be nice to be more than OK, to be flourishing, for a little more of the time! I hope I don’t have to wait for the world to be a better place before that happens.

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How connecting to my Aboriginality helps me stay strong
How connecting to my Aboriginality helps me stay strong
David Edwards

Being connected to your Aboriginal heritage can bring fulfilment and a sense of identity and culture but what about wellbeing?

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Blended care – the future of therapy?
Blended care – the future of therapy?
Dr Samantha Spanos

Psychologists and their clients are perceiving online therapy in a new light since the pandemic. Although face-to-face therapy is once again possible, psychologists are opting for a mix of in-person and online therapy as the demand for care grows. Moving forward, how can digital programs be best integrated into routine care?

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The dilemma of treating the ones we love
The dilemma of treating the ones we love
Dr Jan Orman

As a health professional, we’re always going to be faced with the professional and personal dilemma of where and when to draw the line when it comes to advice or treatment of loved ones.

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What is it about New Year’s Resolutions?
What is it about New Year’s Resolutions?
Dr Jan Orman

It’s that time of year again where some of us convince ourselves that we’re going to “definitely” stick to those new year’s resolutions….

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Summer reading
Summer reading
Dr Jan Orman

There's something special and therapeutic about reading. A Summer read encapsulates so much more than just words printed on paper. Dr Jan Orman

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How Christmas day hurts our brains
How Christmas day hurts our brains
Dr Jan Orman

Did you know our brains work overtime during stressful times. It’s likely that the holiday period will spark some serious brain activity!

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Virtual reality – Training wheels for mindfulness?
Virtual reality – Training wheels for mindfulness?
Fiona Foley

The practice of mindfulness has positive psychological effects but it's not as easy as it sounds. Swinburne University has been investigating the role of virtual reality (VR) and Fiona Foley from their National eTherapy Centre, tells us how it can actually benefit mindfulness practice.

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