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Mental Health and Fitness Wearables & How Can They Help Track Our Mental Health?

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Fitness trackers are wearable devices or computer applications that record a person’s daily physical activity and capture data relating to fitness or health, such as the number of calories burned, heart rate, steps taken etc. These devices aren’t anything new and have been around for many years. There are many reasons for wearing or purchasing smartwatches to track fitness; however, what if your watch could use this data to track and assist with your Mental Health? 

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Talking About Sexual Consent

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Sexual consent has become a big topic of interest and only more so with the “me too” movement. More recently it has made news with new consent laws coming into place in NSW. Which poses the question will all the other states follow suit?

Sexual consent is the permission given to do anything of sexual nature. In Australia, we have laws regarding sexual consent including the age of consent. These laws are set by each state and slightly vary. An example of this is the age of consent. In all states except for Tasmania and South Australia the age of consent is 16, in Tasmania and South Australia however the age of consent is 17. This means that it is against the law to have sex with someone who is under that age and doing so is a criminal offence. 

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The Impacts That Covid has had on Mental Health

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In 2020 Covid hit our shores with it bringing lockdowns, isolation, panic buying, masks, fear and uncertainty. It also brought a time for the world to heal, with it giving scientists a once in a lifetime opportunity to observe what happens when you take humans out of the world and see animals reclaim what was once theirs. 

David Attenborough was barely able to contain his excitement in his documentary The Year Earth Changed looked in-depth at the positive impact Covid had on the world due to all the lockdowns and reduced travel.

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Drugs and Mental Illness

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Following on from last weeks article we will be looking at drug use and mental illness and whether drugs can cause mental illness, contribute to mental illness and why some people may be genetically vulnerable to drug induced psychosis.

There are various reasons why people use drugs: to have a good time and relax, to get that high that nothing else can give them, their friends are using them and they decide to try them, to self medicate and sometimes just because they can. 

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Alcohol and Mental Health

Posted by Erin Fischer on

It seems like everything can have an impact on your mental health so over the coming weeks we are going to look at various factors that can have an impact on your mental health including drugs, sleep, diet, gut health and exercise. To start we we will be starting with alcohol, this follows on from last week's post looking at whether drinking has increased due to the pandemic. 

It is currently estimated that in 2020 approximately 66.4% of the adult population drink alcohol in an average 4 weeks. This is actually dropping from 73.5% in 2006 and 68.2% in 2015. Despite this alcohol is the most common drug treated in AOD (alcohol and other drugs) treatment centers. With 1 in 5 adults dealing with a mental illness there is bound to be some overlap with people drinking to manage their mental illness. 

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