Defuse your time bomb

The Mad Magpies shares his experience of developing a psychosocial disability while a University of Sydney student and academic. I was a fairly normal guy. Queer, but relatively normal otherwise. I had just been married and my wedding was featured on SBS News as one of the first same-sex weddings by an Australian couple in […]

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November 5, 2018

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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Morning Blues

I know how you feel, this situation also happened to me, It was only this morning, It was the exact same place. It started out innocent and friendly, I liked him as a human being, We were both conversationalists, Then it got a bit weird. He bought me a drink, He complimented me constantly, I […]

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September 1, 2018

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Unicorn with a pack of horses

I was very glad to see some fellow unicorns around South Australia today Wear It Purple to raise awareness and fight LGBTIQ bullying in schools, universities, workplaces and other important places. Still, there wasn’t nearly enough unicorns, just a lot of horses wearing a fake horn for a day. The Conversation had a great piece […]

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August 31, 2018

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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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#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

Ana wrecks your life

I have always been overweight. As a gay man being really fat is particularly hard to deal with because we are a culture obsessed with either “skinny twinks” or “muscle mary’s”. Even “bears” who are meant to be accepting and body positive have little cliques depending on the size of your body and how hairy […]

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August 23, 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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