Author Archive: Geoffrey Ahern

I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Mental Health.and a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Master Instructor. I am also a freelance mental health educator with a passion to help people increase their understanding of holistic health, and empower themselves to take responsibility for their own well being.

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Marriage Equality and Mental Health

Marriage Equality and Mental Health

Where are all the suicide bombers and the oppressed women?

Where are all the suicide bombers and the oppressed women?

A slight sense of unease accompanied me to my recent teaching experience at a Muslim school in a large city in Australia. I’m not sure why. I had initially felt privileged when the school invited me to talk to staff and students about youth mental health and I don’t usually have any biases or prejudices, […]

Free Training for Parents of Teens – Hobart

Free Training for Parents of Teens – Hobart

As part of an exciting research project being conducted by the University of Melbourne and aimed at parents of teens, I have been invited to conduct one of my Youth Mental Health First Aid courses in Hobart, which research participants will be able to attend for free. Any parent with a teen aged between twelve […]

Free Training for Parents of Teens – Sydney

Free Training for Parents of Teens – Sydney

As part of an exciting research project being conducted by the University of Melbourne and aimed at parents of teens, I have been invited to conduct one of my Youth Mental Health First Aid courses in Sydney, which research participants will be able to attend for free. Any parent with a teen aged between twelve […]

Dear Men, Where’s Your Commitment?

Dear Men, Where’s Your Commitment?

I have got to say this. I am shocked at how many men today seem to think it’s okay to abdicate their responsibility to their family. I seem to be assessing so many men these days who are naval gazing and narcissistic, constantly complaining about how everyone has done them wrong. Don’t get me wrong, […]

By November 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Do mobile phones increase the risk of brain cancer?

Do mobile phones increase the risk of brain cancer?

This week some really interesting research has been published, stating that long-term use of mobile phones and cordless phones can increase the chance of developing glioma, the most common type of brain tumour. YIKES!!!!!! Now, before you go and throw your phones away, let’s have a closer look. If you want to read the research […]

By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Can Psychiatric Labelling of Kids be Dangerous?

Can Psychiatric Labelling of Kids be Dangerous?

In 2012, an amazing, talented young woman by the name of Karise Eden became the winner of the first ever series of “The Voice” in Australia. She is, without doubt, an enormous talent and has a voice that is both powerful and haunting. Like all good contestants on any reality television show, she has a […]

Stop “Dumbing Down” Male Depression – It’s Complex and Needs a Re-Think

Stop “Dumbing Down” Male Depression – It’s Complex and Needs a Re-Think

The 1990’s have been referred to as “the decade of the antidepressant.” Pharmaceutical companies went into overdrive advertising them and many of us jumped naively on the bandwagon thinking we’d found a quick fix. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the miracle pill we all thought it was. We’ve realised since then, thank goodness, that depression is a […]

Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness

Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness

So, this post is a bit on the heavy side, but I reckon that if you follow through with the challenge I’m about to give you, you’ll find it to be quite a beautiful, maybe even a healing, post. I have a challenge for you. It’s very simple. I want you to read this post, […]

Kids who Drop out of Sport are at Higher Risk of Developing Mental Health Problems

Kids who Drop out of Sport are at Higher Risk of Developing Mental Health Problems

This week in Australia at the Sports Medicine Australia’s “Be Active 2014” conference, researchers from the University of Wollongong will be presenting their findings on the apparent negative impact of primary school kids dropping out of organised sport. It’s terrific research, but I’d like to put a slightly different spin on it. Quit Bagging Out […]

Why You Need to Find a Hobby

Why You Need to Find a Hobby

We are living in a time where mental health problems have risen to unprecedented levels. According to the National Survey of Mental Health and Well Being (2007), one in five Australians across their lifespan (16-85) and one in four young people (16-24) have experienced a mental health problem (depression or anxiety) in the last 12 […]

MHFA Android App Released

MHFA Android App Released

Mental Health First Aid Australia has released a free to download Android app for members of the public and those who have completed a MHFA Course. To get this handy resource and have key MHFA information in your pocket, head here OR simply scan this QR code. If you don’t have a QR reader, you […]

Today, I Want You To Slow Down

Today, I Want You To Slow Down

When I first watched this video I connected with it immediately, in a funny kind of way. I know that I’ve done the same thing in the past; in fact, the fairly recent past! Watch this clip first before you read any further, it only goes for 2 minutes. Are you the same? No matter […]

News is Bad for your Health

News is Bad for your Health

It leads to fear and aggression, and hinders your creativity and ability to think deeply. The solution? Stop consuming it all together. In the past few decades, the fortunate among us have recognised the hazards of living with an overabundance of food (obesity, diabetes) and have started to change our diets. But most of us […]

Quitting Smoking Reduces Stress, Depression and Anxiety

Quitting Smoking Reduces Stress, Depression and Anxiety

By Fron Jackson-Webb, The Conversation Quitting smoking is associated with reduced depression and anxiety, and has a similar effect to antidepressant drugs for mood disorders, British researchers have found. Published today in the journal BMJ, the study shows the improvement in mood, stress levels and quality of life is as large among the general population […]

By February 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
I’ve Had Enough of my Teenagers

I’ve Had Enough of my Teenagers

Are you a parent of adolescents?  Do you find yourself sometimes (or often) feeling frustrated, angry, hopeless, overwhelmed, or all of the above?  Do you identify with the above statement? I do.  I’m not afraid to be honest.  There are times where I have actually thought to myself, “Why did we even have kids?”  At […]

By February 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Those Bloody Refugees

Those Bloody Refugees

I work on a mental health crisis team in a major city and have the privilege of being able to go out and assess people who are in crisis, right where they are. It is much more effective than the usual practice, which would have them waiting for assessment in an overcrowded, loud, chaotic Emergency […]

College Without High School

College Without High School

Would you take your kid out of school if it was the best thing for them? It’s a challenging thought isn’t it? Of course, some of us simply don’t have the luxury of that choice, but I think a lot of people are basically just too scared to contemplate the idea. I was surprised recently […]

By September 10, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
On Friends and Being Friendly

On Friends and Being Friendly

Recently I added a post to the website called, “Just Do It” which talked about getting up off your bum and doing something when you’re depressed.  Well, I want to follow up on that and talk about the joy of meeting new people and getting to know their stories. This last week I got to know […]

Just Do It

Just Do It

So, I’m going to go all Nike on you today and say you need to just do it.  I’m not really in to brand loyalty but I actually have a Nike T-shirt that I couldn’t resist buying when I saw it a few years ago. On the front it says, “Blah blah blah” and on […]