Mental & Emotional Health

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Yoga Breathing Exercises Can Help You Control Anxiety

How Yoga Breathing Exercises Can Help You Control Anxiety

When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady.  But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life.  Therefore, one should learn to control the breath. ~Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika We all experience anxiety from time to time: fleeting moments of “nerves” before speaking, job interviews, trips […]

By October 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
How to Use Mindfulness to Calm Anxiety

How to Use Mindfulness to Calm Anxiety

Anxiety sufferers don’t spend much time in the moment. When the mind is disturbed by high levels of stress and anxiety, it’s very hard to focus on where you are, or what you’re doing. The anxious mind is always clouded by shadows from past painful experiences or negative predictions about what might go wrong in […]

By October 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
I’ll Be Happier When…..

I’ll Be Happier When…..

One of the biggest mistakes people make when seeking happiness  –  and how to avoid it……. It is true that we all have some idea of what makes us truly happy. Family fun, our good friendships, hobbies … Yet we humans are, sometimes, way off the mark. The problem is that we often invest into […]

By September 19, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Postnatal depression: it doesn’t just affect women

Postnatal depression: it doesn’t just affect women

Men get post-natal depression too, right?  Now before any of you women reach through your computer screen and try to slap me across the face  have a read of this interesting article.  When I first read the title I was quite amused, then once I read it and reflected on what it had to say, […]

By September 11, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Beyond Spirituality: The Role of Meditation in Mental Health

Beyond Spirituality: The Role of Meditation in Mental Health

By Jonathan Krygier, University of Sydney and Andrew Kemp, University of Sydney Meditation has traditionally been associated with Eastern mysticism but science is beginning to show that cultivating a “heightened” state of consciousness can have a major impact on our brain, the way our bodies function and our levels of resilience. Clinicians are increasingly looking […]

By September 11, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Helping Mentally Ill Fathers for the Sake of their Children

Helping Mentally Ill Fathers for the Sake of their Children

Helping mentally ill fathers for the sake of their children By Richard Fletcher, University of Newcastle The idea that mental illness can harm family relationships is not new. But it’s usually the mother’s parenting that has been the centre of attention. So an article I co-wrote in today’s issue of the Medical Journal of Australia […]

By August 8, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Anxiety

Anxiety

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Depression

Depression

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