The Deafening Silence on the Issue of Ethnic Family Violence

By Emilie Abou Abdallah Domestic Family Violence (DFV) occurs when someone (usually men) thinks they have the right to control partners, children, the elderly, and especially women in the family. Mainly, it’s because men have grown up believing they have the authority to control their women in everything which lead to physical, social, sexual, financial,…

Mental Health Royal Commission, and why it matters?

By Girish Nambiar As someone who has personally experienced mental health difficulty, I don’t usually like to divide the world into categories of people, but for the sake of discourse and as a preliminary introductory to this piece, I will do so in this article. You might say the world is divided into two groups;…

Depressive Minds

Written by Markos Hasiotis “While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – it’s a serious condition that affects your physical…

Mental Health Month Interactive Calendar

This page will give you details on events that have already been announced as part of Mental Health Month 2019. Click on any of the flyers below in order to be taken to the relevant booking site. Mental Health Month Calendar Event Flyers Click on any of the flyers to be taken to the relevant…

The Misunderstood Scourge of OCD

Written by Emma Nelson Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions that are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images or urges that trigger intensely distressing feelings. Simply put, yet universally misunderstood. As a 20 year old, its admittedly taken me…

Introducing the Youth Advisory Committee 2019

On the 16th May 2019, the Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) conducted it’s first Youth Advisory Committee Meeting for 2019. During the meeting, the Mental Health Foundation Australia inducted 17 Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) members with Alexander Lisov being elected the Chairperson of the YAC. Under new Chairperson, Alexander Lisov leadership the YAC set a…

Diet and Mental Health

Growing body of evidence points to a strong connection between everyday diet, brain function, mood and cognition across the lifespan. For example, nutritional exposure in maternal and early postnatal diet, as well as food habits in childhood are associated with behavioural and emotional problems in younger people. Dietary patterns in adulthood and later life show…

The Bipolar Bear

Written by Girish Nambiar- Regular Contributor There’s a couple of things I want to say but I don’t think i’ll say them all or have enough time to do so, however I promise you two things. One is that after your read this you will have to change your minds about what Bipolar Disorder is…

Providing support in mental health crisis

Finding yourself in a mental health emergency can be a stressful situation. Unless you are familiar with the symptoms of mental illness, it is difficult to know what a person in distress needs and what are the things that can make this situation worse. Some of the most commonly occurring mental health problems are: depression,…

Parenting Assessments: Where Mental Illness meets Protective Services

Being a parent can be tough—sleepless nights, constantly being on-call and lack of time out to name just a few challenges. For those with a mental illness, pregnancy and the postpartum period can trigger first episodes or relapses—due to multiple stresses, sleep deprivation and stopping medication for the health of the infant. Many of the…