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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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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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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The Mad Monster Surrenders

Inside my head it’s like a war that no one can see. There’s no escape from the noise, nothing to dull the pain. Some days I feel like maybe I can get on top of it if I just work hard enough. I push hard to squash that loud voice that tells me I’ll fail. […]

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August 10, 2018

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Mad Music

As a multiplatform storytelling organisation with a huge focus on the arts, we also include musicians among our volunteer MadArtists. Music shares so many wonderful, painful and beautiful stories about mental illness and mental health. Some of the songs with special significance to us include: Dreams, Fleetwood Mac– Mad Magpie: “Embarrassingly I only fell in […]

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The mental illness defence

In a very small number of cases, mental illness leads for a crime to be committed accidently. Even so, using your illness to get out of a crime like murder or manslaughter is never justifiable. We know what it is like to have delusions driving very poor behaviour but murder, terrorism, domestic violence and other […]

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August 2, 2018

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Mental health and video games

Gaming is often associated with poor mental health and alarmingly, ‘gaming disorder’ is now in the 2018 version of the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). Despite this negativity from big psychiatry and from many parents worldwide, we think serious games and even recreational games can be a very powerful way to use […]

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July 31, 2018

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Social Context of Mental Health and Illness

There are many free courses on storytelling coming up in the second half of 2018 on platforms like Coursera. We are also starting to list more on mental health theory and practice. One, starts today on Coursera on the Social Context of Mental Health and Illness. This is particularly important to what we do because […]

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