Mad Koala: An OCD Story

As you may know, at MadNarrative we all choose a plant or animal to represent us as an avatar. Though I am a migrant to Australia, I love the Koala and it represents me because they are caring and friendly. I was very sad when the bushfires devastated the koala habitats. I have lived with […]

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June 13, 2020

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Women Dominate Mental Health

There are no doubt still way too many professions where men dominate. Mental health does not seem to be one of them. Besides obvious gender skews towards men in psychiatry and sometimes in senior health management, male consumers need more male nurses and allied health. Sorry to mansplain but sexism is defined by the Oxford […]

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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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Violence against women and mental health

Violence against women is still an alarming problem and leads to significant mental health issues for victims. Published in the Lancet Psychiatry, Oram, Khalifeh and Howard (2016) see violence against women as a violation of human rights and a public health issue. These authors call for improvements in the identification and treatment of victims and […]

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May 18, 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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Love in the Time of Corona

I am in love with someone new just as the world is crumbling into Coronavirus chaos. We are both scared of what is coming part it’s brilliant that we now have each other for emotional support. I need someone who understands my mental illness and can be there when we are locked down going even […]

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March 13, 2020

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Valentine’s Madness

Valentine’s Day is seen by many as an invention of companies like Hallmark to make more money. The original Valentine seems to have been two people of that name both decapitated by Romans after healing a child. One St Valentine was seen to be defying Roman orders disallowing marriage among young men by performing weddings […]

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February 14, 2020

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New Decade, New Me

I am not one to set new years’ resolutions as they are always quickly broken and gag at those ‘new year, new me’ posts. Even so, a new decade seems like a different situation entirely and time to reflect and plan ahead. I have had a terrible last few years because of my severe mental […]

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January 1, 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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Fame and Mental Illness

There seems to be some correlation between fame and mental illness. There seems to be a particularly strong link between madness and genius. Famous people who have been said to have experienced psychosis include Poet William Blake, Artist Vincent Van Gogh, Novelist Zelda Fitzgerald, Eduard Einstein son of Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize Winner John Nash, […]

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November 16, 2019

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