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On taking online mental health advice

There’s often some interesting mental health advice online. Of course, everyone has an opinion and this is the internet where anyone can say anything. Perhaps it’s wise to reflect on the qualifications of the advice-giver, in providing their opinion. Not because qualifications equal credibility, but because they give accountability. Health professions are regulated to ensure [...]

By |2019-10-23T20:19:26+11:00October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Mental Health|Tags: , |0 Comments

Beyond RUOK day

Today is R U OK? day. It’s as good an opportunity as any to reflect on our wellbeing and check in with those around us. When you do, please keep in mind that psychological distress and mental illness are far more complex than asking a single question. While many people have a genetic predisposition, our [...]

By |2019-09-12T21:55:56+10:00September 12th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health|Tags: |0 Comments

Beware the lure of toxic positivity

We live in a culture of toxic positivity. Or, as I like to call it - toxitivity. Sure, it’s great to feel upbeat and optimistic and positive. The problem is when these messages create harm to mental health. Like when we’re feeling anger or sorrow, toxitivity tells us we’re being “too negative” and we should [...]

By |2019-07-15T21:48:08+10:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: Mental Health|Tags: , |0 Comments

A legacy for young women everywhere

Today is International Women's Day. Today, we think about the legacy of those before us, and the future that we are now creating for the next generations. If I could impart any wisdom to the young women of today and tomorrow, it would be this:   You have one voice, and it matters. Use it. Your worth does not depend on having [...]

Avoiding burnout when you’re an activist

Disclaimer: this article specifically addresses vegan activism, although the points here are relevant to all forms of activism - whether animal liberation, gender equality, same sex marriage, or any of the myriad causes towards which we can lend ourselves. Activism is stressful. Whether it's attending protest rallies, rescuing abandoned animals, or capturing footage of terrified [...]

By |2017-07-09T18:49:29+10:00December 19th, 2016|Categories: Activism, Mental Health, Stress management, Veganism|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Parenting sucks. And that’s a good thing.

It's not just sometimes, either. The sucky moments can come in thick and fast. We get stressed, angry, or frustrated. Or maybe the kids do. They act up. We act up. We feel guilty. And on it goes. But, all of this is countered by the beautiful, glorious parenting moments. Those times when we feel at [...]

Five ways to help little kids with big feelings

Little kids experience lots of big feelings, like anger, frustration, overwhelm, worry, and sadness. On the inside, these feeling are uncomfortable and often scary. On the outside, they tend to manifest in the same way - crying, screaming, throwing, kicking, etc. Little kids feel emotions just as we do, but they don't have the insight [...]

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