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CBT and mindfulness for carers

CBT and mindfulness for carers

Being a carer often includes taking on roles and responsibilities to help a loved one in need.

Helping someone with their personal, medical and financial needs can come at a cost, and carers often struggle to find time for themselves. This lack of time and extra responsibilities can result in feelings of anxiety, stress and even depression.

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Carer insight: Living with and loving someone with BPD

Carer insight: Living with and loving someone with BPD

A common call to the SANE Helpline often goes like this:

‘I think my partner, daughter or son has borderline personality disorder (BPD) and I feel like I have to walk on eggshells around them. I love this person, but the situation can be so hurtful. How can I stay and support them, but protect myself as well?’

To help we asked one of our carers, 'Ace', to share his advice for living with and loving someone with BPD. We also asked SANE Help Centre Manager, Suzanne Leckie, to add SANE’s perspective on best practice for carers.

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Do changes to mental health services stress you out?

Do changes to mental health services stress you out?

When politicians announce changes to the services we use it can often make us stressed, worried and anxious.

For some people, it can feel like those most affected by the change are excluded from the decision-making process. And this can add to the fear that one day we’ll discover the vital services we rely on may no longer be available.

But the reality is it can take years for policy ideas to become a reality.

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Busting the myths about dissociative identity disorder

Busting the myths about dissociative identity disorder

Hollywood loves to use extreme depictions of mental illness to make movies, and they’re not always concerned with accuracy or sensitivity.

The latest example, Split, portrays a highly stigmatising, inaccurate version of dissociative identity disorder (DID).

So it’s time to counter the myths with some facts.

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Tips for managing disappointment

Tips for managing disappointment

The holiday season can be full of excitement and expectation. You may be looking forward to a traditional Christmas lunch with both sides of the family, or a New Year's Eve celebration bigger than the countdown in Times Square.

But when it comes to event planning, the end result can often fall short of your expectations. You may be left feeling distraught and angry if it doesn't match the grand occasion you imagined.

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Five tips to help someone who hoards

Five tips to help someone who hoards

‘How can I stop my friend, partner, or parent hoarding?’

This is a common question asked by many people who feel unable to help their loved one.

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Caroline is celebrating 30 years of SANE

Caroline is celebrating 30 years of SANE

Caroline Storm began supporting SANE Australia almost 20 years ago after the tragic loss of her daughter, Ann, to mental illness.

'It was really the care and compassion of Barbara that sparked my relationship with SANE. She was a wonderful comfort to me during such a dark period,' says Caroline.

'To this day, it means so much to me to be able to support a cause that works so hard to make a meaningful difference to the lives of people affected by complex mental illness.'

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You aren’t possessed, you are actually sick

You aren’t possessed, you are actually sick

Since becoming a mental health advocate I’ve received a lot of uplifting messages. A very popular message I’ve received is that people are keeping me in their prayers, or they will pray for me.

Although I don’t believe in most of these people’s God, I appreciate it. I used to go to church, but I’ve found another religion that better suits my beliefs. Still, there is comfort in knowing people wish me well, and are praying for me. That’s kind.

There is a thin line with this though…

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Disclosure and dating

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How much should you reveal about your mental health to someone you’re dating? When’s the right time to discuss it with a new romantic partner? How should you tell them, and when? How will they react? Will it be okay?

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Living with BPD: the facts

Living with BPD: the facts

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a widely misunderstood and stigmatised illness.

According to Stephanie who has lived with BPD for almost ten years, some people do not understand or even accept that it is an illness. The symptoms of distress associated with BPD can often be dismissed as attention-seeking which creates further stigma.

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