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What Does 'Australia Day' Mean For You?

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What does 'Australia Day' mean for you? A day to reflect on the history of Australia and what it means to be Australian? A day of reflection and mourning?Who cares?! A day off work!An opportunity to connect with family, friends or your community? Reflecting on the vast diversity of cultures and individuals currently calling Australia home, 'Austral...
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Signs of Domestic Violence

The signs of domestic violence may not always be as obvious as you may think. That is because domestic violence is not always physical; abuse can also be financial, emotional, verbal, and sexual. Regardless, no one should have to experience abuse in his or her relationship and the first step is often coming to terms that the relationship may be abu...
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Values Card

Values are things that are important and meaningful to you in life. Its important not to think about what you 'should' value, but to think about what is truly important to YOU in life! A great way to do this, is by using value cards!     Download PDF File Here Image by Helloimmik from Unsplash 
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Gratitude Jar

​Starting a Gratitude Jar can be a great way of helping you see the positive things in life! When you are having a bad day it can also be a reminder of the things to be grateful for. Check out the worksheet below on starting your very own Gratitude Jar    Download PDF File Here Image from Unsplash by Milan Popovic 
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5 New Year's Resolutions to Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

New Year's Eve is a common time for people to make changes and resolutions to improve their life. If you want to make some positive changes to your wellbeing this year here are 5 resolutions to consider!   Download PDF File Here
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Christmas Day Community Meals

LETSS Christmas
  Download PDF File Here ​ADELAIDE Christmas Day Community Meals 
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Peaceful Place (Imagery)

Imagery techniques are commonly used for a variety of reasons including helping people to relax, gain confidence, improve mood, reduce distress, gain insight and reflect, help overcome injury, and get a good amount of sleep. To begin with, try finding a comfortable and safe spot, which helps you feel relaxed. Ensure it is a quiet place and somewher...
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Being alone on Christmas

The popular stereotype of Christmas Day, where everyone is surrounded by family and friends, sitting at long tables of festive feasts or under the tree opening presents, is a stark contrast to the reality of many of us. For many people the holidays are the most difficult time of the year, and it is not uncommon to feel isolated or lonely during the...
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Support available over Christmas

 Christmas can be a time for spending time with family and friends, giving gifts, and indulging in the festive spirit. However, Christmas is not a joyous or happy occasion for everyone and for some people it can be one of the most difficult times of the year. At LETSS, we get it and we want to remind our callers that we will be here all throug...
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Christmas gift ideas that are thoughtful and inexpensive

It can be fun buying gifts for the people we care about at Christmas time, but this can be challenging when you have little or no money to spend. There are many ways that we can give thoughtful gifts on a limited budget, and here are five ideas on how you can give great gifts without spending too much money. 1)Organise a friends and family night. G...
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International Men's Day November 19th

This year's theme is about appropriate male role models for men and boys and changing what it means to be a "real man". Men face a unique challenge with their mental health – the perceived expectations that they be "real men" and conform to traditional masculine norms, being tough, not showing emotion, being a bread winner etc.Men who internalise s...
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Supporting Your Loved Ones

Supporting your Loved OnesBeing a carer for someone who is on their mental health recovery journey, can be a rewarding yet challenging experience. Below you will find some information on some common misconceptions about depression and some tips on how you can best provide support. For you as a carer For your loved one Tips on how to support You may...
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Relationship Resources

Love and Relationships
At LETSS, we understand that going through family or relationship difficulties, is tough. However, you do not have to go through this alone! There are a number of brilliant resources out there to help from the comfort of your own home whether you would prefer to chat to a counsellor, get peer support, or use a self-help app! For more information ch...
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Compassion for Anxiety

Compassion for Anxiety
As someone who has struggled with anxiety from a young age, I have tried many different techniques whilst looking for a solution. This has included strategies such as breathing exercises, physical exercises, cognitive-behaviour therapy, and e-therapies. Often these strategies would work….until they didn't. Several minutes, hours, or days later I wo...
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'Reasons to Stay Alive' Book Review

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig is a memoir about one man's battle with anxiety and depression. The book draws you in quickly with its easy-to-read style, and is as down-to-earth as humanly possible when writing about the toughest of subjects. Matt describes with brutal honestly his experiences with anxiety and depression, followed by a breakdow...
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Have you tried going for a walk? The science behind Green exercise

 In this blog -Have you tried going for a walk? The science behind Green exercise -Light exercise - chores, sport and fitness two birds one stone? -Cam's Green Exercise Pick Have you tried going for a walk? The science behind Green exerciseA few years ago, when I was really unmotivated and depressed. I reached out to a friend for support and g...
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Benefits of cutting down on alcohol

​Having a drink with your friends can be a great way to relax after a long day. However, drinking too much can negatively impact both your physical and mental health. Cutting down on alcohol can have a positive impact on your mental wellbeing including;Increased energy levels: Drinking before bed means that your liver needs to work through the nigh...
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Its okay not to be okay!

It is undeniable that in the right circumstances, being positive can lead to amazing things and a whole change of perspective. However, it is okay not to feel happy or positive all the time! In fact, sometimes it can even do more harm than good. At some point or another, we probably have all witnessed toxic positivity whether it's an inspirational ...
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Mental Health Care Plan

At LETSS, we frequently hear that people are seeking additional mental health support in the form of seeing a psychologist. However, they often do not know how to start this process and would like some additional information. Therefore, this article will discuss the steps involved in finding and getting a referral to a psychologist. The first step ...
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Practical strategies to try when feeling stressed

At LETSS, we understand that when we are feeling sad, angry, stressed or overwhelmed it can be extremely difficult to think of ways to relax or things that have helped us cope before in the past. Often, we may have the urge to fight against these feelings and thoughts, which can often leave us feeling worse, as all our focus is drawn to these negat...
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