One of 10 children with many different fathers, Heath Ducker lived in abject poverty in a run down house. At the age of 12, he was sexually abused by his best friend's father.
In May 2008 hardened court officials were moved to tears by one of the most unusual cases ever to come to trial.
Jane Hansen lived a charmed life. She channelled all the opportunities of her generation - education, challenge and adventure - into a successful career as a television journalist.
Lachlan McCarthy first came to John Butler's attention in 2005 when he applied for a grant from a seed fund run by the musician.
Once known as manic depression, Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric condition that affects 100,000 Australians. And while it can be treated, there is no cure.
Special report on the growing use of drugs in children with behavioural disorders.
Severe depression will strike one in five Australians at some stage during their lives. The illness can have devastating effects - it is the leading cause of suicide.
Marijuana use is on the increase.
Even five years ago, the jury was still out on whether marijuana causes psychosis. Well, that's all changed – the data has been flooding in.
While its critics dismiss Transcendental Meditation as quasi-religious nonsense, its advocates insist it can enhance wellbeing.
If you think work is getting more stressful, you're not imagining it. Since 1964, the average working week for white collar workers has gone up by 10 hours.
Sports journalist and broadcaster Craig Hamilton was about to catch a train from his hometown Newcastle for the assignment of a lifetime, covering the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Compass asks: What is peace of mind in today's anxious world?
Everyone wants to be happy. So why is there is such little understanding of what causes us to be happy?
This moving Compass story focused on ways of dealing with infant death, either still births or babies who only live for a few hours or days.
George Negus with four special segments looking at the challenges of change. People flipping out, freaking out, shifting gear and forging major changes in their lives.
An intimate portrait of the life and work of one of Australia's greatest painters.
Cartoonist Bill Leak has had depression all of his life. He is not alone. One in five Australians will suffer from depression at some stage in their lives.
About 2,000 Australians deliberately kill themselves each year, a tally that exceeds the huge but humdrum toll of road deaths. On average, one young person dies by suicide every day.
They might not know it, but the politicians of NSW have some new neighbours...