Not all mental health apps are helpful. Experts explain the risks, and how to choose one wisely

Mental Health and appsIn this article for The Conversation, Associate Professor Nicholas Van Dam joins colleagues Professor Jeannie Paterson and Dr Piers Gooding in calling for greater caution when selecting a mental health app. The proliferation of mental health apps in the market, offering services like meditation and mood tracking, often lack rigorous testing and scientific backing for their claims. While some incorporate AI-driven elements, they don’t always adhere to the standards of registered mental health professionals.

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Australia is rich with religious diversity. So why are our newsrooms falling behind?

Religious journalism

A lack of religious literacy by journalists – and a failure of news programs to feature a wider variety of faith leaders – is having an impact on the quality of coverage of major news stories and events in Australia.

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People who live close to Muslims are less likely to be fearful of Islam

Muslims as Australian citizensA study of attitudes of people who live nearby Muslims in Sydney and Melbourne has found that neighbours and so forth are less likely to be mistrustful of Muslims, and more likely to be tolerant of difference. The Conversation news media has conducted a study, Non-Muslims who live close to Muslims are less likely to be Islamophobic. We republish this study for your reading, on this website.

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Suffering of temporary migrants during the COVID-19 crisis

World Humanitarian Day

In the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown in March, many temporary visa holders working in heavily casualised industries, such as hospitality and retail, lost their jobs and struggled to meet basic living expenses.

These included international students, backpackers, graduates, sponsored workers and refugees, among others.

As World Humanitarian Day approaches (Wednesday, 19 August 2020), we look to the humanitarian record of the Australian Government and how it fails its international obligations to protect the rights and lives of all who reside in Australia, whether permanent or temporary residents.

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