Where the bloody hell were ya?

Where has the Mad Magpie been since Sept 2? Assaulted, threatened, seperated from my partner of nearly 10 years, incarcerated under the NSW Mental Health Act twice and one admission to a private clinic. This is really rock bottom. Despite all this terrible bad luck, I have met some incredible people -many incredibly unwell when […]

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November 1, 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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Canberra is Burning

Malcolm Turnbull has just seen off a spirited attempt to dethrone from Peter Dutton. He won 48-35, possibly because he declared the leadership contest before Dutton was ready. Health minister from September 2013-December 2014, his views and record on mental health could prove to be extremely important. He is looking to challenge again and could […]

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StorySLAM at The Moth

Last night a couple of us attended the Sydney chapter of The Moth. The Moth runs monthly ‘StorySLAMs’ which are open mics where you tell a 5min true story on a set theme. They run in Sydney, Melbourne, London and all across the States. Last night the theme was collaboration and two storytellers linked this […]

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August 21, 2018

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Team Sports and Mental Health

There has been a new mental health study released this past week in the United States. The findings indicate too much exercise may not neccesarily improve people’s mental wellbeing. Instead of exercising solo you should join a team sport and exercise with them. On average, participants had 3.4 days of poor mental health a month, […]

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August 20, 2018

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You Can’t Ask That – Schizophrenia

Tonight some awesome people including SANE Ambassadors Hannah and Sandy as well as Richard from One Door will explain what it’s like to live with schizophrenia. They’ll answer tough questions like: – What it’s like to hear voices? – What do the voices say? – Are you violent? – Did drugs cause your schizophrenia? #YouCantAskThat […]

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August 14, 2018

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MadNotMad is our current favourite hashtag and as we build our new social media accounts, we hope you will join us in trying to get this tag trending. The idea of MadNotMad plays on the many different meanings of mad: Mentally ill: We are reclaiming the word mad just like other minorities reclaimed negative words used as […]

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August 5, 2018


MadNarrative Garden Studio launches in Leichhardt

We have been kindly gifted free use of a commercial property owned by our Founder’s family. The property has a small back garden to meet with clients and create art, writing and filmed acting. The garden already has several power points for our writers and social media team to charge up their devices while working […]

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Paul Ramsay Foundation funds SANE Research

Despite the bad press the Paul Ramsay Foundation has been getting about the Bachelor of Western Civilisation degree, they are doing incredible good work. Their 3 streams are education, health and social sector capacity building. Mr Ramsay left a bequest of A$3 Billion for distribution by this foundation. Paul Ramsay was an exceptional man who […]

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August 2, 2018

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Emergency Management Plan

If you have a complex mental illness that may lead to a crisis situation, it is important you and people you know have plans in place. This is particularly important for illnesses like psychosis or illnesses that lead some people to self-harm. Many good doctors recommend having a formal Emergency Management Plan. Doctors should help […]

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August 2, 2018

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