Two million Australians suffering anxiety, twice as many as depression

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia, with an estimated two million sufferers.


In a survey of 1400 people, conducted by non-profit organisation BeyondBlue, two out of three respondents named depression as the most prevalent issue.

“Anxiety affects twice the number of Australians as depression,” says Chief Executive, Georgie Harman.

“So one in four of us in any given year will experience some kind of anxiety condition.”

Chronic anxiety is far more than the everyday stresses and worries that most people experience.

Clinical psychologist, Dr Luke Martin says, it’s also quite different from depression.

“Depression is a condition that really saps you of your energy, making you withdraw from others, making you stop getting enjoyment out of activites you usually do enjoy.

“Whereas anxiety is really looking out for future threats and danger, and worrying about everything that could go wrong, and making you feel very panicky, tense, on edge. breathing, racing heart.”

Ambika Sivan first noticed a change around the time her son was born.SBS World News

Migrants and mental health

Thirty-four-year-old Melbournian, Ambika Sivan, first noticed a change around the time her son was born, four-and-a-half years ago.

She says the pressures of trying to be a great mum, while lacking the support network she took for granted in her native India, led to a range of worrying symptoms.

“I was going through post-natal depression, and a lot of things at home. My heart rate increased and I felt like my heart was beating out of my body. I had excessive breathing and sweating.”

She sought help, and now uses her own experience to mentor others, in a pilot program in Dandenong – home to nearly 30-percent of Victoria’s asylum seekers.

Statistically, migrants have historically suffered a higher incidence of mental health problems.

“Anxiety peaks at times of uncertainty and change,” says Dr Martin.

“Migrant communities or refugees are really going through an awful lot… and anxiety in that context can be very very appropriate.

“But if that level of anxiety is getting in the way of their ability to solve problems, and connect in their community, and to feel less alone, then getting support for that anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of, and it can really help with that transition.”

The BeyondBlue poll revealed that 38 per cent of those who sought professional support for anxiety had been experiencing symptoms for longer than 12 months before getting support.

Clinical psychologist Dr Luke Martin.SBS World News


Kim’s murder trial to resume in Malaysia

The trial of two women accused of killing the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un enters its second week with the court moving temporarily to a high-security lab to view evidence tainted with the toxic VX nerve agent.


High Court Judge Azmi Ariffin declared that prosecutors and defence lawyers, along with the two suspects, will hold court at the laboratory for chemical weapons analysis to examine samples of the women’s clothing before they are formally submitted as evidence.

The decision came after government chemist Raja Subramaniam told the court that VX found on the clothing may still be active.

Such a move is not unusual in criminal cases in Malaysia, where judges often visit crime scenes.

Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, lawyer for Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Huong, told The Associated Press that the visit to Raja’s lab is purely for safety reasons.

He said the concept of holding a formal court session at the lab is to legalise the visit, which is expected to take an hour, after which the trial will resume in the court building.

Huong and Siti Aisyah of Indonesia pleaded not guilty at the start of their trial last week to charges of murdering Kim Jong Nam by smearing VX on his face at a crowded airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur on February 13. They face a mandatory death sentence if convicted.

Defence lawyers have said the women were duped by suspected North Korean agents into believing they were playing a harmless prank for a hidden TV-camera show.

VX is banned by an international treaty as a weapon of mass destruction but is believed to be part of North Korea’s chemical weapons arsenal.

Kim was the eldest son in the current generation of North Korea’s dynastic rulers but was believed to have been cast out by his father and had lived abroad for years.

He reportedly never met current leader Kim Jong Un, who is widely believed to have perceived his older sibling as a threat and targeted him for assassination.

Swedish journalist Kim Wall’s decapitated head found by divers

In a grisly case worthy of a Nordic noir thriller, Copenhagen police inspector Jens Moller Jensen told reporters divers had found bags containing her missing clothes, her head and legs in Koge Bay, south of the Danish capital.


“Last night our forensic dentist confirmed that it was Kim Wall’s head,” he said.

Her headless torso was found floating in waters off Copenhagen on August 21, 11 days after she went missing.

Self-taught engineer and inventor Peter Madsen, 46, has been accused of Wall’s death, with prosecutors saying he dismembered her body before throwing it overboard.

Madsen, who is married and has been in custody since August 11, claims the 30-year-old Wall died when a 70-kilogramme (154-pound) hatch door fell on her head, and in a panic, he threw her body overboard.

He has insisted her body was intact at the time.

But Jensen said the decapitated head contradicted Madsen’s version of events.

There is “no sign of fracture on the skull and there isn’t any sign of other blunt violence to the skull,” he said, citing an autopsy carried out overnight.

Locating Wall’s head has been a priority for investigators, as the final autopsy on the torso was not able to establish the cause of death.

However, it did show multiple mutilation wounds to Wall’s genitals.

Danish submarine owner and inventor Peter Madsen, and murdered Swedish journalist Kim Wall.AAP

Fetish films

Prosecutors believe Madsen killed Wall as part of a sexual fantasy, then dismembered and mutilated her body.

Earlier this week, Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen told a court custody hearing that a hard disk found in Madsen’s workshop contained fetish films in which real women were tortured, decapitated and burned.

“This hard drive doesn’t belong to me,” Madsen insisted, saying numerous people had access to his workshop.

Madsen has insisted there was no sexual relationship between him and Wall, and their contacts had been purely professional.

Jensen said the divers on Friday found the body parts and clothes in bags weighed down with metal pieces. Her torso had also been weighed down when it was found, also in Koge Bay.

“Yesterday morning we found a bag within which we found Kim Wall’s clothes, underwear, stockings, and shoes. In the same bag laid a knife, and there were some lead pipes to weigh the bag down,” he said.

“Around dinnertime we found one leg, and then another leg. And then we found a head that also laid in a bag, and was weighed down with multiple metal pieces.”

Wall worked as a freelance journalist based in New York and China, and her articles were published in The Guardian, The New York Times and others.

At the time of her disappearance, Wall was believed to be working on a feature story about Madsen, an eccentric, well-known figure in Denmark.

Madsen has successfully launched rockets with the aim of developing private space travel.

His homemade submarine Nautilus, launched in 2008, was the biggest private sub ever made when he built it with help from a group of volunteers.

But the group became engaged in a long-running dispute over the Nautilus, before members of the board decided to transfer the vessel’s ownership to Madsen, according to the sub’s website.

In 2015, Madsen sent a text message to two members of the board claiming: “There is a curse on Nautilus”.

“That curse is me. There will never be peace on Nautilus as long as I exist,” Madsen wrote, according to the volunteers.

Cairns beat Breakers for perfect NBL start

Cairns Taipans have made it two from two to start the NBL season, beating New Zealand Breakers 82-71 on Sunday, following their win over Illawarra on Friday.


Despite patches of dominance and a star turn from swingman Tom Abercrombie, the Breakers struggled with their combinations in Auckland and made too many shooting errors.

They managed to shoot at just 41 per cent accuracy from the field and missed almost half of their free throws.

Cairns were only partly better, shooting at 46 per cent from the field, but rode a third-quarter hot streak of 25 points to victory.

The win maintains the Queenslanders’ perfect start and sends them into Thursday’s clash with Adelaide in high spirits.

New Zealand, meanwhile, will play Sydney Kings on Friday.

“We’ll learn a lot from this – just in terms of the match fitness, the guys will be a little bit sharper moving forward,” Breakers coach Paul Henare said.

“We definitely don’t need to reinvent the wheel.”

“We just didn’t convert plays – we went to the foul line and we missed several free throws in that second half, weren’t converting plays at the rim for whatever reason, and the scoring dried up.

“That’s what Cairns force you to do and then they grind you down at the other end, and we just weren’t able to get any momentum.”

By the end of the match, the Breakers’ star man Abercrombie had racked up 24 points, while imports Edgar Sosa and DJ Newbill both hit double figures.

Yet the Taipans unleashed in the third quarter.

Emerging from the sheds possessed, Cairns put on their dominant 25-point tally, helped by strong showings from import Dayshon Smith (18 points) and Stephen Weigh (17 points).

For the Breakers, it proved an obstacle too difficult to surmount.

Psychology student Aleksandra Chichikova crowned first Miss Wheelchair World

“Fight your anxiety and your fears,” the 23-year-old Chichikova said at a gala evening, after the contestants had presented themselves in national costumes and evening dresses in elaborate choreographies.


Lebohang Monyatsi from South Africa was the runner-up ahead of Poland’s Adrianna Zawadzinska in the first contest of its kind on a global scale, which brought together 24 young women from 19 countries.

The goal of the contest was to “change the image of women in wheelchairs so they would not be judged solely by this attribute,” contest co-founder and jury president Katarzyna Wojtaszek-Ginalska told AFP.

Miss Belarus Aleksandra Chichikova greets the audience after she was crowned Miss Wheelchair World.AAP

The pageant organised by the Poland-based Only One Foundation also seeks to show that a wheelchair is a luxury in many parts of the world, she added.

The contestants were chosen either in national rounds or, in countries with no such pageants, by non-governmental organisations addressed by the Polish foundation.

“It is not the looks that matter the most,” said Wojtaszek-Ginalska, who is also confined to a wheelchair.

“Of course, a good look counts but we have focused especially on the personality of the girls, their everyday activities, their involvement, social life, plans,” she added.

Miss Belarus Aleksandra Chichikova greets the audience.AAP

The contestants spent eight days in the Polish capital, busy with rehearsals, photo sessions, conferences and visits.

The inaugural Miss Wheelchair World attracted contestants from Angola, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Guatemala, India, Italy, Mexico, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine and the United States.

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Priest calls for travel ban on pedophiles

A four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee has called on developed countries to ban pedophiles and suspected sex offenders from foreign travel in the same way as suspected terrorists.


Father Shay Cullen, an Irish missionary who has been rescuing street children in the Philippines since 1974, said hundreds of thousands of sex tourists travel to the country from Australia, Britain, Ireland and the US.

The Columban priest missed out on the Nobel prize last week, but praised the decision to award it to a Melbourne-born advocacy group that pushed to establish the first treaty to ban nuclear weapons.

Father Cullen said in the Philippines “the whole moral fabric of society and protection of human rights and the dignity of women and children is breaking down”.

“One thing right now I would say to any government is to pass a law that would ban all convicted sex offenders from travelling abroad. That would be a very good thing they could do.”

“Why not? The international and Irish sex tourists, why are they coming here raping our children?”

Father Cullen said his team had rescued a 12-year-old girl who was pregnant after being raped by a neighbour. On Thursday, a five-year-old girl was also rescued after being raped by her father.

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Based in Olongapo city, the missionary also rescues children detained illegally in jails and victims of human trafficking.

Speaking from the Preda Foundation offices, he described life in the Philippines.

“It’s dire. It’s very sad. We have thousands, hundreds of thousands of sex tourists coming here to abuse women and children,” Father Cullen said.

“The abuse of children at this extent is terrible – incest is growing here because of the sex tourism.”

Warner captaincy to refresh Aussie T20 bid

David Warner’s short stint as T20 captain could refresh Australia as they desperately try to avoid another series defeat, says Aaron Finch.


Warner, Finch’s opening partner, is in charge for the three matches against India, with regular skipper Steve Smith to head home due to a shoulder injury.

Australia lost the first game under Warner’s leadership in Ranchi on Sunday, making Tuesday’s clash in Guwahati a must-win.

“I think it can be a totally different job when you’re filling in for someone as opposed to when you’ve got the job yourself,” Finch said.

“There’s obviously a lot more expectation and a lot more scrutiny around Steve as a leader because he does have the job in all three formats full-time.

“I think it can be quite refreshing when another skipper comes in that probably doesn’t have to worry about the off-field stuff quite as much as the regular skipper does.”

Australia’s latest defeat came after they were thrashed 4-1 in the one-day international series.

While Warner’s first game at the helm for the tour didn’t manage to change the team’s fortunes, rain severely shortened the contest.

“I thought Davey did a fantastic job under the circumstances,” Finch said.

Australia limped to 8-118 from 18.4 overs before nearly two hours was lost.

India chased down their revised target of 48 from six over with three balls to spare, but Finch said the Australian bowlers had performed well.

“I thought the way Jason Behrendorff started the match on debut against some of the world’s best players was fantastic,” Finch said.

“He swung the ball so I think that was a real positive to come out of the game.”

As for the batsmen, aside from Finch’s match-high 42 it was a familiar tale of woe.

The middle order again cracked under pressure as six players had their stumps rearranged by India’s ruthless attack.

“Unfortunately we just kept losing wickets and that’s a real part of Twenty20,” Finch said.

Husband of Sydney woman who died in Fiji says she battled pneumonia

Kelly Clarke, 24, was with new husband Chase when she fell ill and was rushed to hospital on Wednesday with what was initially thought to be typhoid.


The family has since revealed she died of severe bilateral pneumonia, the Nine Network reported on Sunday night.

Ms Clarke, a recently-graduated registered nurse at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, initially complained of stomach pain.

Within half an hour, her condition had deteriorated to the point where Chase knew she had to go to hospital.

“I spoke to her and she told me she was scared she was going to die,” he told Nine.

“I told her I loved her, we’re going to get out of here, everything’s going to be okay.”

Ms Clarke’s sister started a fundraiser to bring her home for emergency treatment, saying she had been placed in an induced coma due to organ failure and septicaemia.

Her brother Murray Shaw said Ms Clarke went into cardiac arrest five times within an hour and died before she could be medically evacuated.


Kelly Clarke, 24, was on a honeymoon with her husband Chase when she fell ill.Facebook / Kelly Clarke

“We are so shocked,” Mr Shaw wrote in a Facebook post.

“You beautiful girl and amazing sister you will be deeply missed.”

Chase described the agonising decision to direct medical staff to cease working on Ms Clarke.

“I said stop and pushed everyone away and me and her mother just held her,” he said.

In a statement provided to Nine, the family described Ms Clarke as “an amazing human being”.

“She was so young. She had her whole life ahead of her,” they wrote.

“She will be deeply missed and she was loved by all.”

The Children’s Hospital offered condolences.

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“Kelly was a dedicated nurse who loved working withchildren and will be greatly missed by her colleagues and patients,” a spokeswoman said in a statement provided to AAP.

Friends and relatives paid tribute to Ms Clarke on social media, with one co-worker remembering “an amazing woman, a brilliant nurse and such a kind and gentle soul”.

“She was one of the most beautiful, caring, giving people I have ever been lucky enough to meet,” another person wrote.

A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson said it was providing consular assistance “to the family of an Australian woman who passed away in Fiji”.

Day, Hancock add to Coolie Gold legacies

Highlights of Dean Mercer’s 2005 Coolangatta Gold tilt inspired Ali Day the day of the late ironman’s death.


So it was no surprise on Sunday when Day channelled Mercer’s ruthless approach to racing as he equalled Caine Eckstein’s record with a fifth win.

Day was pushed early by Shannon Eckstein in the short-distance expert’s return after a 10-year absence from the 41.8km epic.

But Day chased him down after the ski leg and took a decisive 1min 40sec advantage into the board leg.

It meant he could savour the experience on the final 7km beach run in what were perfect racing conditions on the Gold Coast.

Day, like all competitors, wore a wrist band that said ‘Doing it for Dean’ and a minute’s silence was held before the race that reduced surf lifesaving great Trevor Hendy to tears as he embraced Dean’s brother Darren.

“He’s been a massive inspiration for me and that one today was for him and his family,” Day said of Mercer, who suffered a heart attack and died in August.

“The day Deano passed away, I was about to head off to training and I YouTubed a Dean Mercer highlight reel from Coolangatta Gold ’05 and at the best of times it brings tears to my eyes.

“Those times you didn’t want to go to the gym or jump in the pool; they’re not hard, but those little moments you draw on and get emotional and those feelings make it so worth it.”

It was Eckstein’s first race since double calf surgery to stop cramps and pain when running long distances.

Admitting the result went as expected, Eckstein said Day’s effort reminded him of the man they were all racing for.

“He’s not the prettiest ironman to watch,” Eckstein said of Day.

“But he keeps going and going and going like Deano and that’s what it takes to win those endurance races.”

Meanwhile Allie Britton came from a long way back to push Courtney Hancock, who held on for her third crown, in a brutal women’s race.

Britton had the second-best run leg of the day – quicker even than Day’s – to come within 200m of Hancock on the finish line.

An exhausted Hancock felt every bit of it, labelling the race as one of her toughest.

“I just said to myself, ‘do you want this’ and then thought ‘I want this so badly’,” a distressed Hancock said on the finish line.

Kim says North Korea nuclear weapons ‘powerful deterrent’ following Trump’s tweet

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says his nuclear weapons are a “powerful deterrent” which guarantee North Korea’s sovereignty, hours after US President Donald Trump said “only one thing will work” in dealing with the isolated country.


Trump did not make clear to what he was referring, but his comments seemed to be a further suggestion that military action was on his mind.

In a speech to a meeting of the powerful Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party on Saturday, a day before Trump’s most recent comments, state media said Kim had addressed the “complicated international situation”.

North Korea’s nuclear weapons are a “powerful deterrent firmly safeguarding the peace and security in the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia,” Kim said, referring to the “protracted nuclear threats of the US imperialists.”

In recent weeks, North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth nuclear test, and may be fast advancing toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the US mainland.

North Korea is preparing to test-launch such a missile, a Russian MP who had just returned from a visit to Pyongyang was quoted as saying.

Donald Trump has previously said the US would “totally destroy” North Korea if necessary to protect itself and its allies.

The situation proved that North Korea’s policy of “byungjin”, meaning the parallel development of nuclear weapons and the economy was “absolutely right”, Kim said in the speech.

Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2017…hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2017

“The national economy has grown on their strength this year, despite the escalating sanctions,” said Kim, referring to UN Security Council resolutions put in place to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.

The meeting also handled some personnel changes inside North Korea’s secretive and opaque ruling centre of power, state media said.

Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, was made an alternate member of the politburo – the top decision-making body over which Kim Jong Un presides.

Alongside Kim, the promotion makes the 30-year-old the only other millennial member of the influential body.

Her promotion indicates the 28-year-old has become a replacement for Kim’s aunt, Kim Kyong Hee, who had been a key decision maker when former leader Kim Jong Il was alive.

“It shows that her portfolio and writ is far more substantive than previously believed and it is a further consolidation of the Kim family’s power,” said Michael Madden, a North Korea expert at Johns Hopkins University’s 38 North website.