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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US President Obama Endorses MHFA

US President Obama Endorses MHFA

This article was first published on the MHFA Blog and has been reproduced here with permission. On January 16th 2013, President Barack Obama announced his “Now Is the Time” plan, which put forward a new series of executive actions and legislative proposals to help curb gun violence. The plan includes several mental health proposals focused on recognising and treating mental […]

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

G’day, Here are some of my reflections that I wrote on Father’s Day last week….. I’m sitting here alone, well almost.  My 12 year old is on the computer.  The 18 and 15 year old lads are surfing and skating and my lovely wife and daughter are out shopping, buying nice food for a Father’s […]

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This Way of Life

This Way of Life

I want to tell you about an amazing documentary that I saw recently, called “This Way of Life“. I had a most interesting reaction to this documentary.  Firstly, I was cynical and thought the family somewhat lazy, unrealistic, pathetic even.  My next reaction was to get angry.  I got up, walked out and carried on […]

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Project Unbreakable

Project Unbreakable

I was having a little look at Facebook the other day when I noticed that someone had posted a link to this, Project Unbreakable – The Beginning of Healing Through Art .  It’s the brain child of Grace Brown, a 19 year old photography student who decided one day that she wanted to do something to help […]

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Staggering Statistics

Staggering Statistics

The statistics are frightening and deplorable. And they should alarm us. Not only because they are frightening and deplorable, but because they are merely the tip of the ice berg. Stay tuned for more on this topic…….

By September 4, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Thinking About Death

Thinking About Death

We don’t like to talk about it, but maybe it’s about time we did. Check out this 2011 campaign by “Soften the Fck Up”. The statistics might surprise you. This campaign was for 2011, but I ask you, when was the last time you looked a bloke in the eye and really asked him, “How […]

Suicide

Suicide

According to our statistics in Australia, we know that around 30 Australian men die by suicide every WEEK (1,881 people died by suicide in 2007 and 77% were men, the majority of them young men). It’s heartbreaking. I share this because I have been informed of yet another suicide in a rural community this week, […]

Anxiety

Anxiety

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Depression

Depression

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Berry Exciting News

Berry Exciting News

Berry Exciting I have taken a keen interest lately in nutrition and mental health after stumbling on some interesting research that suggests that our gut health may play a significant role in our mental health.  This study, along with others, is suggesting that gut inflammation may be involved in the pathogenesis (the development) of depression.   In the […]

I’m a Flexitarian

I’m a Flexitarian

Should I become a Vegetarian (and grow dreads, and wear hippie clothes and no shoes and get some piercings)? I have been doing a lot of reading lately about the role that diet plays in regards to our mental and emotional health.  I’m doing this mostly to convince myself that I need to make big […]

Following Your Dreams

Following Your Dreams

I recently met an amazing lady who at the tender age of 71 had just completed her PhD.  Now, I don’t know the rest of her life story, but don’t you think 71 is too old to be gaining a Phd? What about a friend of ours who is in her early 40’s and studying medicine?  […]

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

The more I research issues around mental health for my presentations, the more I am realizing that good mental health is inextricably linked to diet and exercise.  Now, it would seem that there are a chosen few who can not put much effort in to diet and exercise and yet seem to maintain exceptionally good […]

Juicing for Health

Juicing for Health

I want to jot down some thoughts about juicing.  I should be very, very clear here in saying that I am not an expert.  But I have been doing a lot of reading and investigation lately into the impact that things like diet and exercise have on our health, physically, mentally and emotionally, and I’ve […]

Growing Down

Growing Down

My lovely wife put me on to this daily email about parenting called “The Daily Groove.”  It’s short, simple and to the point and the emails often contain great tid-bits of wisdom.  Here’s the one that came today: :: Growing Down :: Phrases like “child’s play” and “cry like a baby” and “grow up!” expose an […]