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How to speak out about the challenges of parenting

How to speak out about the challenges of parenting

Being a parent is challenging.

Change occurs in every area of wellbeing - physical, emotional and social - and the impact can be overwhelming.

Knowing when and how to speak up about the difficulties of parenting is difficult. Expectations define parenthood as something to be enjoyed, but sometimes these expectations don't match reality.

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Mental health in music

Mental health in music

Have you ever listened to a song and strongly related to the words or the music? It can be comforting to hear someone else express emotions that reflect how you are feeling or what you are thinking.

Music is powerful and very personal. It can affect our emotions, motivate or comfort us, and above all give us pleasure! Music plays a major part in people’s lives. And for many their musical tastes and interests are strongly tied to their sense of identity.

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Closing the gap on Indigenous mental health

Closing the gap on Indigenous mental health

Today is Close the Gap Day. A day when we recognise the health gap that exists for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, and identify what needs to be done to close this gap.

Since 2006, the Close the Gap Coalition — a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations — has called for governments to take action and achieve Indigenous health equality by 2030.

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Is there a better way to respond to a mental health crisis?

Is there a better way to respond to a mental health crisis?

When someone experiences a mental health crisis, the treatment they receive often excludes them from the decision-making process. This can result in isolation, increasing their distress and aggravating symptoms.

So is this the best way to respond to a mental health crisis? And why isn’t the patient and their family consulted and included in the decision-making?

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Being at the centre of the conversation about your mental health

Being at the centre of the conversation about your mental health

‘If we are truly to raise community understanding, we have some difficult dialogues ahead,’ Flick Grey told a room of people at a conference back in 2011.

She was speaking about her own experience as a trauma survivor but really she was also encouraging those in the room to not accept the status quo.

‘I’m not going to tell you a story about how I was suffering immensely...behaving difficultly... and then got treatment and the help and support I need,’ Flick says in her speech.

It’s something that Flick has strove for since she received a diagnosis of BPD in 2005 that she says ‘politicized’ her.

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Leave work early - staying back may be unproductive

Leave work early - staying back may be unproductive

The more time and effort you put into something the better the outcome, right? This is a scenario we often face at work when confronted by a growing inbox or a long ‘to-do list’.

But is this the best way to go about work? Do increased working hours equate to better workplace outcomes? And what is the effect on our overall mental health?

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Where to next? What are our options when we're concerned about our wellbeing

Where to next? What are our options when we're concerned about our wellbeing

Mental Health Week brings our own wellbeing into focus. So it’s a good time to think about what you can do if you have concerns about your own mental health, or that of a family member or a friend.

It takes courage to take the first step. You may have noticed changes in your own mood, or observed worrying behaviours in someone else. Either way it could be time to acknowledge that there is problem and reach out for help.

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Do pets have an impact on our mental health?

Do pets have an impact on our mental health?

Did you know that Australia has one of the highest levels of pet ownership in the world?

Around 36% of households own a dog and 23% include a cat as part of the family. And then there are horses, guinea pigs, fish, birds . . .

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Working in a mentally healthy workplace

Working in a mentally healthy workplace

Little things go a long way to support a mentally healthy workplace.

When these little things occur regularly it demonstrates to employees that your organisation takes mental health seriously, it also encourages people to engage, buy-in and help create a mentally healthy workplace.

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