Get connected! How to combat loneliness, our silent mental health concern

Get connected! How to combat loneliness, our silent mental health concern

Connect to Thrive this Psychology Week, 11-17 November 2018. Connection is the antidote to loneliness, which is becoming a significant health concern due to its impacts on physical health, mental health, and life expectancy. Learn more about loneliness and what we can do about it. And in the spirit of connecting, please share! This is not a problem to keep to yourself.

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8 Tips for Taking Care of your Mental Wellbeing

8 Tips for Taking Care of your Mental Wellbeing

Know that it is OK not to feel OK.  Know that it is OK to get help even if you feel what you are dealing with isn’t “bad enough.”

We all feel not OK sometimes, and when we do, those feelings can begin to impact our work, our study, and our relationships (including the one with ourselves!).  It is important to seek help, even if you believe your problems aren’t weighty enough.  There isn’t a magical threshold you have to meet before you can start therapy.  If you are having a hard time and you are struggling to be the you you’d like to be, reach out, be vulnerable and find someone who can help.

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Leave no woman – or girl – behind. Mental health & wellbeing for women today.

Leave no woman – or girl – behind. Mental health & wellbeing for women today.

Some of the things that make women strong, and allow them to make valuable contributions to our communities, are also the things that make their mental health and wellbeing more vulnerable.

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From the psychologist's chair: Kate Willcox speaks about cancer and mental health

From the psychologist's chair: Kate Willcox speaks about cancer and mental health

For one of our feature interviews with a Birch psychologist, our wonderful admin support, Megan, shares her curiosity about areas of mental health and psychology.

For this World Cancer Day on Sunday February 4, Megan asks Kate Willcox some of the things she has been wondering about cancer and its emotional impact...

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Are you thriving? Using your strengths to achieve wellbeing in 5 key areas.

Are you thriving? Using your strengths to achieve wellbeing in 5 key areas.

It’s Psychology Week in Australia from 6-12 November, and for this week we are focusing on creating Ways to Thrive. 

Seligman’s PERMA model breaks wellbeing down into five key areas that, with a little love and attention, can improve your health, happiness and satisfaction with life.

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Being a patient: The psychological toll of hospital

Being a patient: The psychological toll of hospital

Mental health and wellbeing are incredibly important parts of recovery from physical illness. But navigating the medical system can be fraught with difficulties. If you have experienced chronic or serious illness, then managing your healthcare can feel like a full time job. And what it feels like to be a part of this system, as a patient, is often overlooked.

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Your dog as your therapist? How your family pet supports your mental wellbeing.

Your dog as your therapist? How your family pet supports your mental wellbeing.

There are great benefits to having a pet in your family. For some time, the health benefits of animals have been promoted for reducing stress and increasing social and physical activity. But more and more research backs up what those of us with dogs already know - that our dogs can understand us, know how to cheer us up, and give us unconditional love.

 

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Looking After Yourself After A Traumatic Experience

Looking After Yourself After A Traumatic Experience

There are many events in life that can be experienced as traumatic. These don’t have to be what we might typically think of – such as war, an accident or natural disaster. Sometimes it is a threat to your health, sense of safety, sense of identity, or your understanding of how the world works, that can lead to what we describe as a trauma response.

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