Building an emotionally healthy community

A unique national centre is working to build an emotionally healthy community through science and practice.

From four-year-olds with anxiety, to 90-years-olds with depression, the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University takes a ‘lifespan approach’ to mental health.

They’ve spent the past 20 years studying, developing, testing and rolling out mental health programs – which are now available in eight languages and 15 countries including Denmark, the UK and Norway.

“There’s no cure for mental illness, nor is there a one size fits all approach,” says Professor Ron Rapee, the Centre’s founder.

“But through our clinical trials we’re hoping to better understand why people develop these conditions so we can translate that into treatment.”

Read how the Centre for Emotional Health is:
Looking to genetics to guide anxiety treatment
Changing the minds of dementia patients
Helping patients cope with cancer
Cool Kids goes bush – helping rural children with anxiety
Hoarding disorder: investigating why it’s so hard to part with stuff

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Banner image credit: Chris Stacey, Macquarie University