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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Sleeving it all behind

Psychiatric medication can really put on the kilos. We might need meds like antidepressants, mood stabilisers and antipsychotics but many of them are ‘weight positive’. This can sometimes involve both a slowing down of the metabolism and an increase in hunger. As well as our meds causing weight gain side effects, many symptoms of mental […]

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An Ode to Northside

Oh Northside, you have rescued me twice. You couldn’t take me when scheduled but I later got in. You are the site of some of my most intense sadness but also elation. Your staff treated me like family and your patients became true friends. You took in other people in my life but also chucked […]

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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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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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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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“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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