Postman Pat hands you package with the mail. Do you need to open the box to find out what’s inside? Or do you already know? Continue reading What’s in the box? The Depression Box!
Often reacted to as an awkward issue… The importance of social and personal connection for men in maintaining good mental health (well, important for all humans’ mental health-our society and culture just don’t make this very easy for men).
Part of a series of posts from FB for Mental Health Month Continue reading Men, Mateship and Mental Health
There is so much dehumanising stigma, judgement, prejudice and shame imposed upon people with alcohol or drug dependency by society and by the people themselves. This shame and stigma works against people seeking support for recovery. These days, when I … Continue reading Mental Health and Substance Use
Schizophrenia What is schizophrenia? https://www.sane.org/mental-health-and-illn…/…/schizophrenia How is it diagnosed? https://www.psycom.net/schizophrenia-dsm-5-definition/ How common is it? (Scroll to ‘Statistics’) https://www.myvmc.com/diseases/schizophrenia/ What you can do: (Scroll to ‘treatment’) https://www.myvmc.com/diseases/schizophrenia/ What’s it actually like for real people? https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/catego…/blog/schizophrenia Image credit: Kate Fenner, artist with … Continue reading Schizophrenia
Bipolar What is it? https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/…/what-is-bipolar-diso… How is it diagnosed? https://www.sunovionhealthinsights.com/…/dsm-diagnostic-cri… How common is it? (Starts page 2, under bipolar heading) https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/…/f…/facts_figures.pdf… What you can do: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/…/bipolar-di…/treatment What’s it actually like for real people? https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/category/blog/bipolar Image credit: Josephine King, Bipolar artist: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2010/sep/10/josephine-king-bipolar-art Continue reading Bipolar Resources
Depression What is it? https://www.beyondblue.org.au/…/depressi…/signs-and-symptoms How is it diagnosed? https://images.pearsonclinical.com/…/DSM5_DiagnosticCriteri… How common is it? (Scroll to fourth heading) https://www.beyondblue.org.au/…/r…/statistics-and-references What you can do: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/clinical-r…/…/treatment What is it actually like for real people? https://www.beyondblue.org.au/who-does-it…/personal-stories… Continue reading Depression Resources
Anxiety What is it? https://au.reachout.com/articles/what-is-anxiety How common is it? (Scroll to third heading) https://www.beyondblue.org.au/…/r…/statistics-and-references How is it diagnosed? https://www.verywellmind.com/dsm-5-criteria-for-generalized… What you can do: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/clinical-r…/…/treatment What’s it actually like for real people? https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/category/blog/anxiety Continue reading Anxiety Resources
25.10.18 When someone else requires high support and care, it’s instinctive for a lot of people to prioritise the needs of that person to the exclusion of their own. Feelings of guilt or negligence are commonly felt by carers or … Continue reading Self-care and Supporting Another
24.10.18 As someone who’s always considered herself a good listener and consistently been sought out and relied upon for her listening and support, it has been humbling to realise over the years how much of an ‘expert listener’ I actually … Continue reading Supporting Someone with a Mental Health Issue
23.10.18 Exercise. I hate its guts and want to punch it in the face. However, as a non-drug/infrequent alcohol user it’s among the few things that give me an immediate mood lift. I’ve used exercise like a drug to shift … Continue reading Exercise and Mental Health