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Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Did you know that last week was Mental Health Awareness Week? This year the theme was ‘be the champion of your mental health – find your team’. That means finding the people and resources available to help you manage your wellbeing. Normally, my family are my biggest source of support, but since Mum’s accident a […]

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Caring for Self and Others

The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far this semester has nothing to do with anything my lecturers and tutors have spoken about in class. With everything that’s been going on at home and the way I’ve been going back and forth between studying in the city and helping my family back on the farm, I’ve […]

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When Things go from Bad to Worse, Get Help

It’s been another rough week. Mum’s finally home from the hospital, which is a huge relief, but she needs a lot of help and Dad isn’t coping. For a while there, he was so focused on whether or not Mum was going to be okay, I don’t think he gave much thought to what it […]

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What now…?

After my last post, I was really excited to find some activities to give me and Brainy a challenge over the summer. I did some research, and I think I’m going to sign up for a cooking class. It’s high time I learned to make something other than cheese toasties! My other big goal for […]

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Planning for the Holidays

My big plan for the holidays was to pop my beach umbrella, roll out my towel and stretch out on the sand for the summer. After these last few hectic months, it seemed like a solid strategy. Brainy needed a break. I needed a break. So on Monday, that’s exactly what I did. And it […]

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How to Cope

Sorry I haven’t posted lately. Remember in my last post how I was super stressed about all the uni work I had to do? Yeah. That. It turns out I wasn’t alone, either. Ewe-nice has been freaking out too. She has a part-time job at a restaurant in the city. They’ve been short staffed, so […]

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Good Mental Health. Think about it.

I’m learning so much this week! And not just in class, either. I’ve been getting involved with Mental Health Awareness Week and discovering how I can better ‘value my mind’ and ‘thrive through connection’. I’ve been tuning into ABC’s Mental As 2, a series of documentaries exploring different aspects of mental health. The series runs […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

I want to kick off this post with a big thank you to everyone who stopped by Hub Central on Thursday and Friday last week to say hi to me and Brainy and share their good thoughts and positive messages on the #ValueYourMind boards. It was fantabulous to meet you all! This week, if you’re […]

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Getting Ready for Mental Health Awareness Week

Gosh, it’s good to be back on campus! I feel revitalised. Full of energy. Firing on all cylinders. Raring to — okay, cool, you get the picture. It’s been great hanging out with my friend Ewe-nice between lectures these last few days, and good to be surrounded by other students again. I was starting to […]

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Character Strengths: What are they? How can they help?

Character strengths are one of the key concepts underlying the theories of  Positive Psychology. Martin Seligman ( and various colleagues) hit upon the idea that in focusing on a person’s strengths ( rather than their weakness or pathology) you would draw out for the individual a potential way to engage with the world differently and […]

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