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January 27, 2024
Helping young people with mental health issues

      Growing up is difficult, especially for young people. Our previously-held assumptions are tested as our brains develop towards maturity. We begin experimenting with new social groups, world views, and self-expression. The space between adulthood and childhood is a ‘passing of the torch’ as the child’s personality changes and behavioural patterns become set.  […]

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January 18, 2024
What is Youth Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a program run in Australia (with similar programs all over the world) that considers mental health problems in the same way as a physical emergency. The course teaches participants to become Mental Health First Aiders, qualified people who can spot and approach those with either;  A developing mental health […]

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December 28, 2023
Feeling isolated over the break?

The holidays are (hopefully) a time for rest and relaxation. But the sudden transition from working in an office or studying can be jarring, particularly when we don’t have any plans.
Our lives can be so wrapped up in our routines that breaking away leaves us feeling isolated and alone. The people we’re used to seeing day in and day out are away.

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December 21, 2023
Coping with the holiday stress

The holiday or Christmas period is often presented as a joyous occasion, filled with family, presents, and relaxation. But underneath this expectation lies a lot of stress. In this blog, we cover a range of associated holiday stresses, from spending to coping with loneliness and depression.

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September 21, 2023
Recognizing the Signs: A Guide to Identifying Mental Health Distress

Over a period of time mental health concerns have become increasingly prevalent. Recognizing the signs of mental health distress is crucial for providing timely support and intervention to individuals in need. Mental Health First Aid training plays a vital role in equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify these signs and offer […]

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September 20, 2023
5 hobbies to promote better mental health

        Hobbies can best be defined as a purposeful activity that holds meaning for the individual, separate from their ‘job’ or another activity. While one is a task to be completed for the benefit of others or financial gain, the other has the sole purpose of entertaining and relaxing us. A hobby […]

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September 14, 2023
Effective Communication Strategies in Mental Health First Aid

In today’s fast-paced world, the importance of mental health cannot be overstated. Just as physical first aid is crucial for addressing immediate injuries, mental health first aid is equally vital for providing initial support to individuals experiencing mental health challenges. Mental health first aid training equips individuals with the knowledge and skills to provide effective […]

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July 5, 2023
The 4 L’s that define our personal harms

Personal harm by substance abuse is rampant in Australia. It’s not unique to our country, but the stats are still fairly alarming. Around one in 20 Aussies will have substance abuse problems or addition-forming habits. One in ten are regular smokers, and one in six drinks excessively and dangerously. Almost half of all Australians (43%) […]

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June 27, 2023
How to cope with procrastination, anxiety and work overload

For many, thoughts of one’s childhood and teenage years can evoke a sense of freedom and carefree bliss. But, even those who had a relatively stress-free childhood perhaps forget, or at least romanticise, their younger years to some degree, forgetting the anxiety, work overload, and stress-induced procrastination that study bought with it. Because while the […]

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June 27, 2023
What matters in times of stress

Stress is a powerful force in our lives. It may feel unmanageable and completely overwhelming when we’re undergoing it. Stress can even lead to physical sensations, such as headaches, low energy, digestive issues, shaking, chest pain, insomnia, etc. But in most cases, this is simply a psychosomatic response to a problem we can’t understand. Stress […]

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