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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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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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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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My Life in a Storeroom – A Community Mental Health Service

It’s a little known fact that I spend 25 hours a week in a Store Room – that’s half my full-time job, and it dawned on me today that I never talk to anyone about me and my special Store Room, yet in the last 12 months of inhabiting this space it’s become a lesser […]

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The Babyfacedassassin’s Response to ‘What a Shaman Sees in a Mental Hospital’

Dr Somé’s disconcerted face from under his little hat has looked my way everyday this week through Facebook messaging from on-the-pulse friends. How could I ignore a title: ‘What a Shaman Sees in a Mental Hospital’? I didn’t know we still called them ‘mental hospitals’! And yet it seems our all-over-the-pulse friends from ‘Earth. We are one.‘ who publish a plethora […]

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The Babyfacedassassin – Blogging for Mental Health 2014

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama has a model of intimacy based on a willingness to open ourselves to many others, to family, friends and even strangers forming genuine deep bonds based on our common humanity. I doubt you need to be a Buddhist to understand this. In His Holiness’ book, ‘The Art of Happiness’, He […]

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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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Mental Health and Relationships: Can Self-Care be Sexy?

Have you ever felt as though having mental health issues has gotten in the way of romance? It’s certainly been the case for me when my primary focus has been on, as they say, ‘staying well’, while most of my friends were dating and dancing at discos. Once upon a time, the nitty-gritty complexity of […]

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The Seclusion and Restraint Declaration

I believe that seclusion and restraint of people with mental health problems is a human rights issue! In 2005, all Australian Governments agreed to act to reduce and where possible to eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint.  Despite this, when the National Mental Health Commission was started in 2012, seclusion and restraint was raised […]

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