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Self-help if you're feeling suicidal

Self-help if you're feeling suicidal

Feeling suicidal means feeling more pain than you can cope with at the time. But remember, no problem lasts forever.

With help, you can feel better and keep yourself safe. People get through this. People who feel as badly as you feel now. So get help now. You can survive.

There are things you can do to relieve the pain and reduce the desire to end your life.

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What I wish I knew when I became a carer

What I wish I knew when I became a carer

What are the top tips for people starting their journey caring for a loved one living with mental illness?

SANE Australia spoke to Jo Buchannan, a woman with almost 40 years’ experience caring for her sister, nephew and son. We asked Jo to reflect on her experiences and list five tips that would have helped her younger self in her first year of caring. Here's what she said.

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Five tips to help a loved one challenge psychosis

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Sometimes the distress associated with psychosis can be less about hallucinations or delusions and more about loneliness, fear and loss of self. At the risk of sounding overly optimistic - something us care professionals are famous for - I'd like to share five steps that can help you help your loved one overcome fear and isolation.

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A letter to a depressed me

A letter to a depressed me

Dear Me, Myself, & I

I am writing this letter to myself, to me, to you, in the hopes that you will read it on the day when depression rears its ugly head. When depression strikes and covers you in a black fog your brain has a funny way of forgetting everything you know, so this letter is here to remind you of all the things that you may forget.

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Struggling to open up? A horse could help

Struggling to open up? A horse could help

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can catch you off guard. You’re coping just fine and then — boom! Life becomes difficult. Out of nowhere.

That’s what happened to Ken Kemp, a veteran that served in the Australian Defence Force for 27 years, many of those on deployment.

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Five tips to aid family recovery

Five tips to aid family recovery

When someone experiences a mental health issue their recovery becomes the primary objective. Health services focus on treatment, and the family support their loved one through this phase into recovery.

While family support can make the recovery process easier, it comes at a cost. Family members often forget about their own wellbeing.

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Stay healthy and connected post-Pokémon Go

Stay healthy and connected post-Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is sweeping the world. And the game’s positive influence on our physical and mental health is an unexpected benefit.

Some people cite the reward-style game for helping them overcome their anxiety or depression. The game has been a positive influence, encouraging people to socialise and undertake activities they struggle to achieve.

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Finding hope when fighting an eating disorder

Finding hope when fighting an eating disorder

The day my daughter was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa was one of the worst days of my life. I thought anorexia was an illness for people who refused to eat. How wrong I was!

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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 tips for men (from men)

Mental health tips for men (from men)

What advice would a man give other men who are experiencing mental health issues? And how can family or friends support?

Five SANE Speakers share their tips. Advice for men, from men, who know what it's like to live with and manage a mental illness.

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