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How ‘Mental Illness’ Prepared me for Motherhood

‘Nothing prepares you for motherhood!’ I hear the wise woman say. ‘You’re never really ready for birth and beyond.’ I get the picture, that the magnificence of childbearing and motherhood is a learn-on-the-job experience. I’m the first to admit, nothing could have prepared me for drawing the short-straw of 8 months of ‘morning sickness’. But […]

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Keep Calm and Call an Arts Therapist

Creative and expressive arts therapies have emerged from strength to strength throughout the mental health spectrum. This is a welcome emergence! Some may be familiar with the cathartic nature of transforming emotions through art – you would have to be reading from under a rock to not see how The BFA creative endeavour has facilitated my own evolution through suffering – […]

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On 3CR 855am radio: Voicing transformation from mental illness to wellbeing

I was interviewed by Kate Milan from Melbourne’s 3CR 855am Community Radio, about my work as a mental health activist engaging with the community about prominent mental health issues. It was such a relief to speak to someone who shares the same vision for a mental health care system that honours the individual’s right to chose their […]

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Sisters for Sisters Fundraising: On depression and suicide prevention among men

I was invited to speak at the gorgeous Sisters For Sisters fundraising event about current news from the Australian Suicide Prevention sector, storytelling from recent conversations, fact-finding and progressive perspectives that have inspired me since the National Suicide Prevention Conference, Perth 2014. This particular episode, Brothers in Our Arms, was hosted to show support for men in […]

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Interview for HuffPost Live: Why Suicide Isn’t Cowardly or Selfish

I love Robin Williams and all he gifted the world with, so in honour of his life I spoke to HuffPost Live about why suicide isn’t cowardly or selfish, with the hope that people who have judged Robin Williams for his choice, might shift their focus towards compassion and empathy for those who experience a suicidal […]

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Social Workers, We Salute You!

You’ve got to move past the ‘fluffiness’ of heart and soul to recognise that social change occurs through love in action! My favouritism for Social Workers among all mental health professionals lends itself to their day-in-day-out, tireless work supporting the recovery journey of people experiencing mental health issues. Like mama’s milk to our society and rarely praised enough, […]

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The Babyfacedassassin at the National Suicide Prevention Conference

I’ve got a new perspective on suicide. I nabbed it from the National Suicide Prevention Conference. I reckon you’ll like it too. So the reality is that for some people suicide becomes a solution. It becomes a ‘way out’, an escape and end to intolerable pain. It holds a kind of morbid promise when our dreams reduce to […]

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Suicide Prevention: Be educated, be prepared, be proactive

So we all know suffering breeds in silence, right? And we know that one of the most silent forms of suffering is suicidality. Well, more so throughout history, because today there is a world out there of research, programs, support groups, direct care services, conferences, helplines and people with a lived experience of suicide, who are pooling together to […]

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Why Be A Life Model? The Personal Adventure

*Please note: As of June 2014 I no longer work as a life model or offer private life modelling tuition.* Each time I de-robe to present my body to an artist, I recall why I started life modelling in the first place. I think it’s that first kiss of cool air in places rarely public […]

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The Babyfacedassassin and the Self in Self-Esteem

Mindshift – The National Self Esteem Initiative, reminds us that: ‘Our Self Esteem affects almost every aspect of our lives, from how we think about ourselves to the way we think or react to life situations. When negative influences and thoughts are prevalent – generated from either within ourselves or through others – it adversely […]

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