Interns for Semester 2, 2020

We are currently seeking student interns in Sydney to contribute to our website and face-to-face projects. This includes making blog posts, creating artwork or curating contributions of artists and making videos through interviewing, acting or animation. We are especially looking for interns who have lived experience of mental illness or are carers for those with […]

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June 10, 2020

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Mental Health and COVID-19

Coronavirus or COVID-19 is affecting our lives in many ways -including our love life and our mental health. The fear and anxiety created by the virus is apparent in our trips to the grocery store and pervades the media. There is also actual stress from job losses or fear of future job losses. The process […]

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April 29, 2020

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Letters from No One

This year we are collecting Christmas cards hand written anonymously to those in psych wards in Western Sydney. It is an awful time of the year to be stuck in a ward -especially for those whose family or friends can’t or won’t visit. The project is inspired by the original project The Letter from No-One […]

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December 2, 2019

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Mental Health Month 2019

In NSW at least, October each year is Mental Health Month. The main organiser of the month of activities is WayAhead -an education-focused mental health charity with excellent resources like their directory of mental health services. The theme last year is the same as this year’s and this should be the last year of the […]

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October 1, 2019

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Tradies Health Month 2019

Yet another specific health month? Yep, this one is specifically for tradies and is meant to run a whole month. Tradies National Health Month 2019 seems to be solely about physical injuries at work neglecting clear mental health matters. “Aussie tradies make up 30 per cent of the Australian workforce, yet they account for a […]

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August 1, 2019

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Crossing to the Dark Side

I have just got a job inside a psych ward. I have been incarcerated in psych wards in 3 different hospitals and now I will be working in one in a different district. This comes with mixed emotions. I will no longer be able to be as committed to expanding MadNarrative as in the past. […]

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July 20, 2019

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Men’s Health Week 2019

We are about to enter another Men’s Health Week in Australia. We think it is important to spotlight the issues faced by men specifically and excellent that key proponents of the week like Western Sydney University are focusing on suicide by men and boys. The theme this year is the vague-sounding aim of “Keeping Boys […]

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June 9, 2019

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Grand Final Weekend

September is a special month in the Australian sporting calendar. The Big Bash League is just around the corner. The crescendo that is the culmination of the AFL and NRL is about to hit us. Finally, because of Greg Inglis’ bravery, we can openly talk about mental health and sports. It is no longer taboo, […]

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September 25, 2018

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Support from Whānau

Whānau is a Māori-language word meaning extended family -especially those who live in the same community or area. If it takes a village to raise a child, Whānau are important to raise the mental wellness of the community. Though we do not yet run programs in New Zealand, there is a lot we can learn […]

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August 28, 2018

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#mentalhealthisasimportantasphysicalhealth

Today two of our main contributors – the Mad Magpie and Megapodius were in a car crash. They are both OK physically but mentally quite shaken. The ambos on the scene and police had no comprehension of the mental health consequences of a major car accident. There was also issues of complex trauma for the […]

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August 23, 2018