Mental Health and Money

As a financial adviser working with a handful of new clients each week, I see hundreds of different ways Gen Y & Gen X live with their money. Over the years I’ve surveyed everyone I work with, and of those coming to see me, the most frequent cause of anxiety is… surprisingly, in managing personal […]

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August 28, 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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Homolympics

Have you ever been watching the paralympic swimming, and seen a swimmer with one arm and one leg go faster than you and suddenly feel embarrassed? As if you dont deserve legs. Well that’s good. Part of the reason they games are so important is because they raise awareness. Perhaps the same could be said […]

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Sam Dibley and Jaimie Byrne

On ABC 7.30 there was a report tonight featuring the story of Sam Dibley. Sam tragically took his own life in a Coffs Harbour psych ward in 2009. There should have been a proper search to prevent Sam doing harm to himself. Jaimie Byrne also died in the same mental health unit from a combination […]

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August 16, 2018

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Faith and Mental Health

We are a strictly secular organisation but have many people in our community who have a strong faith. Faith can be very important for people with a mental illness as a source of strength and hope. I have struggled with my faith for decades. I was once a committed Christian and have only recently returned […]

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August 15, 2018

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“Get over it”

One of our pet hates is when we get told to “get over” our mental illness. This is usually said by someone with no experience of mental illness but is also said by people who have had a mental illness that is not complex or persistent like a period of depression. You might think you […]

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August 12, 2018

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I had no Joyce but to cheat

Bruce Springsteen has spent his entire career advocating for the working-class white man. Nobody understands the blue collar life like the Boss. Even he has never used the term ‘white victim’. Barnaby Joyce grew up on a farm. He is a self-made man. When he talks about farming we should listen because he knows that […]

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August 9, 2018

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