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Friday 10 October 2014
Featured Health

mental illness and compounded effects of marginalisation

Natalia Verne
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DISCLAIMER: This article is written only from my own experiences and is not meant to represent other people’s experiences of ableism, transmisogyny, sexual assault, or other experiences. Trigger Warnings: Rape, sexual assault.   A lot of people look up to people who appear to be struggling with life, as if they are inspirational in some…
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Friday 10 October 2014
Film TV

mental health week: timothy

Rosie Hunt
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This week, the ABC has devoted lots of airtime to bringing mental illness into the spotlight. Titled ‘Mental As’, the suite of programming coincides with Mental Health Week and is all about removing the stigma from illnesses that are not always physically apparent, yet can be truly debilitating. On Wednesday night, viewers were treated to…
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Thursday 9 October 2014
Featured Health

living with borderline personality disorder

Ruth Scott
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  Author’s Note: Please remember while reading this that these are my own personal thoughts and experiences and they do not represent everyone with a diagnosis of BPD. Please follow the links provided for more information. Writing a concise piece on a very misunderstood and stigmatised mental illness is no easy feat. When you speak…
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Wednesday 8 October 2014
Featured Health

mental health week: a reminder that mental health is a complex issue for many of us

Bridget Conway
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I’m incredibly proud that addressing mental health issues with programs such as this week’s Mental Health Week in support of World Mental Health Day, and ABC’S Mental As, a week of TV, radio, and online programming dedicated to dismantling the stigmas surrounding mental health, has now become an everyday norm. It’s very difficult now to…
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Tuesday 7 October 2014
Featured Health

everything I wish I had been told about therapy

Jaen Wilson
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October 10 is World Mental Health Day, so this week (October 5-12) we are observing National Mental Health Week in Australia. In light of this, guest writer, Jaen Wilson joins us to answer some FAQs about what ‘seeking help’ means and how to go about it.  There has been a lot of great public discussion lately around depression, suicide,…
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Monday 6 October 2014
Film TV

tv news: mental as: ABC programming in support of mental health week

Bridget Conway
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This week (5 – 10 October) is Mental Health Week in Australia. You can find various events happening around Oz by checking out websites such as this one for Victoria, and this one for Western Australia. This is in support of world Mental Health Day, which takes place on 10 October every year.   For…
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Wednesday 10 September 2014
Get Involved

world suicide prevention day: one world connected

Bridget Conway
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Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and this year’s theme is ‘Suicide Prevention: One World Connected.’ In a world where we are constantly trying to stay connected via our iPhones and Twitter pages, we have seen an increase in depression, anxiety and suicide rates worldwide. Which begs the question: how connected are we really? My…
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Tuesday 19 August 2014
Featured

the problem with privilege and “reverse racism”

Naomi Snell
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This week I had a striking encounter with a guy who was up in arms about the media outpouring over Robin William’s death. His feelings were made apparent in the context of a lack of media coverage over unarmed members of the African American community being killed by police in the U.S, which has received…
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Tuesday 12 August 2014
News

mental health matters – but not if you’re a young asylum seeker

Shaza Barbar
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Today is International Youth Day. From the UN website, International Youth Day is a chance for ‘youth around the world to organise activities to raise awareness about the situation of youth in their country’. With 20% of youth worldwide experiencing a mental health condition, the theme for this year is ‘Youth and Mental Health’ under…
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Wednesday 23 July 2014
Health

well…what?: debunking the myths surrounding depression

Cin Peeler
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When public figures like Ian Thorpe, Demi Lovato, and Catherine Zeta-Jones speak out about their struggles with depression and depressive disorders, it can be discouraging to find so many myths and misunderstandings about this illness still perpetrated in our society. Depression and other depressive disorders occur in 1 in 5 women and 1 in 8…
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Wednesday 9 July 2014
Column Health

well…what? mental health: anxiety

Cin Peeler
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Throughout high school, I would become physically ill every term just before everything was due. Sometimes just before only one assignment was due which meant I’d get sick a few times a term. I went through high school with a myriad of doctor’s notes trailing behind me. There was always a polite letter to excuse…
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Friday 21 March 2014
Featured Get Involved News

are we doing enough to fix australia’s cyberbullying laws?

Simone Murcutt
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Television personality Charlotte Dawson, whose death by suicide in late-February caused a wave of shock through the Australian public, is not the first person to fall victim to cyberbullying – and she probably won’t be the last. But it was her high-profile battle with online trolls and her subsequent death that brought the issue of…
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Tuesday 25 February 2014
Featured Health

identity crisis: my mental illness is not considered a disability in victoria – but should it be?

Naomi Snell
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The Victorian Disability Sector Awards (supported by the Victorian Government Department of Human Services) were designed to ‘celebrate the achievements of individuals, teams, organisations and businesses assisting people with disabilities to achieve their personal goals.’ However, the Awards have previously not accepted nominations for people who suffer mental illness. Not realising this, in 2012 I…
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Monday 2 December 2013
Health News World

in brief: woman forcibly sedated and given caesarean

Ruby Grant
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In what is becoming an international legal row, it has become apparent that an Italian woman visiting Britain was forcibly sedated and given an caesarean section after experiencing a mental breakdown. Last year, while visiting the UK on a two-week business trip, a pregnant Italian woman with a preexisting bipolar disorder experienced panic attacks, and…
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