Is it okay to take the bits of Christmas that work for you and discard the rest?
And is it okay to enjoy the solitude of Christmas Day and indulge yourself without feeling guilty?
Does owning a pet have a positive impact on your mental health?
It seems research is mixed when it comes to this question and the benefits aren't always black and white.
So to help shine an anecdotal lived experience light on the issue, we asked our community, 'What are the mental health benefits of owning a pet?'
Hearing voices can be an intrusive and distressing experience for people living with a psychotic illness.
Developing personalised interventions and strategies, preferably with health professionals, can help alleviate the impact.
This may be achieved by focusing on a specific problem, such as voices that wake you at night, or focusing on an element, like a particularly distressing voice.
Every relationship has its ups and downs, but when one partner is diagnosed with a mental illness, it can add an extra pressure. When your carer is also your spouse, it is important for both partners to look after themselves and each other. Todd and Natalie have worked together to manage Todd's mental illness since he was first diagnosed six years ago.
Are you currently going through a time of change? A new job, starting university, getting married, buying a house, or living away from home for the first time?
This change may be obvious, subtle, unwanted or well-planned.
It's possible that you're experiencing stress regardless of whether it's a negative or positive change. Just how much stress depends on how you react to it.
Menopause is a normal transition for women, and every woman will experience menopause differently.
Some have symptoms that are barely noticeable, while others experience significant changes. In some cases menopause and the reduction of estrogen can impact on someone's mental health or exacerbate a preexisting mental illness.
Feel like you've been struck with a case of the winter blues?
You're not alone. The dark and gloomy winter weather can make us stay indoors, exercise less, be unsociable and eat unhealthily.
Here are six tips from the SANE Australia Help Centre to help you look after your mental health this winter.
There's a proven relationship between stress and mental illness. It can worsen an episode, or even result in symptoms returning.
A balanced lifestyle and coping strategies can help with the management of stress. But how do you start?
The following suggestions can be implemented right now, or they can form part of an ongoing plan.
Peer support is a form of mental health care that’s growing in popularity.
Benefits include reduced isolation, empowerment, collaborative learning and connections with people who’ve had similar experiences. Some people say the relaxed environment helps them express issues they would struggle to share in a formal setting.
Did you know that people of a diverse sexual orientation, sex or gender account for up to 11 per cent of the Australian population? Yet, according to the Human Rights Commission up to 42 per cent of LGBTI people have hidden who they are at a community event.