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 Music has been known to have a significant impact on our wellbeing; it can be used to help increase motivation and focus, explore creatively, promote relaxation and can be a way to express oneself. Given all of these benefits, it's no surprise that music can also be used as a form of therapy to help treat a variety of physical and mental heal...
 Moving from 'loneliness' to 'aloneness'LonelinessIsolation and rates of loneliness have been on the rise since the COVID-19 pandemic arose in 2019. Feelings of loneliness come about when our social cup is not filled. This means our need for meaningful interactions with others is not at the quality or quantity we need to feel connected and val...
The dictionary definition of a boundary is a line which marks the limits of an area; a dividing line. Similar to this, establishing boundaries for social interactions with others can involve setting constraints within our personal, romantic, family or work lives, in order to safeguard ourselves from manipulation, negativity, or violation by others....
 What is self-compassion?When people speak of self-compassion, it can be fair to think that it sounds great in theory and is definitely important, but it is also hard to know how to put it into practice every day. When we give ourselves the same kindness and care we'd give a good friend, this is how we extend self-compassion to ourselves. In t...
One of our peer workers recently had the opportunity to have a look and learn a bit about the new Urgent Mental Health Care Centre (UMHCC) in the city. This service opened up earlier this year and attempts to provide a genuine alternative for people experiencing distress and seeking urgent support with their mental health.We know that it can be a b...
 The concept of a Lived Experience staff is a reasonably new but quickly emerging and popular notion within the Mental Health field. However, the idea of having people with their own lived experience of mental illness or distress supporting other people with mental health issues is still a foreign idea to some. As such, there are still many mi...
 In celebration of National Volunteer week we've decided to put together a collection of all things volunteering! Read ahead for some of our own personal stories, ideas on where to volunteer and interesting articles.Peer Volunteer AdventuresI did some research assistant work on a few Eating Behaviour studies and some Trauma related studies. Al...
 Multicultural Communities Council of SAThe Multicultural Communities Council of SA is the peak organisation that efficiently services, innovatively empowers and strongly advocates for cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in South Australia. Find out more and check out about all the amazing things they do here https://mccsa.o...
 What is toxic positivity?Have you ever experienced a difficult or distressing situation and shared how you feel with someone, only to be told to 'look on the bright side of things'? I know I have – and I know I'm not the only one. And while generally these things are said with the best of intentions – the hard truth is that in many circumstan...
I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being - Hafiz  Photo by Wonderlane on Unsplash
Psychotherapy"What are the best types of psychotherapy?" I was asked a few weeks ago.It's a loaded question, that's for sure. The answer is going to depend on who you ask and what their experience is. Given that there are LOADS of good psychotherapy systems, I decided to write a blogpost detailing a few of the popular ones.What is psychotherapy? Ho...
Many organisations offer six to eight counselling sessions. When you have a lot going on, this can feel like throwing a teacup into the ocean. However, it can be enough to make changes that significantly improve your wellbeing.To get the most out of these sessions, try to think about what you want to get out of your counselling. For instance, perha...
 There have been multiple periods in my life during which I felt overwhelmed by many negative emotions. I'm not going to sit here and tell you that during these periods I could easily find positivity or a 'silver lining' for what I was experiencing. If anything, trying to 'think positive' about the situation more often than not left me feeling...
"New year; new me."Words you've probably heard before. Maybe you've even said them. But, technically, every day is the beginning of a new year… So, it follows that, actually, every day is a chance to be a new you.So why do we bother to make New Year's Resolutions then? … Because we need to harness the mystical new year's energy to become a changed,...
Now I know you're probably thinking – how can a psych say that!? However for me, this was one of the most helpful things she has ever said to me. We were talking about self-care. You know, enjoying creative activities like painting and craft, and I said to her… "But isn't it just a bit INDULGENT!? Shouldn't I be out saving the world!?" She pleasant...
It can be hard to know what to do if a friend has shared they're not okay. While we may genuinely want to support them – it's easy to feel stuck for words and solutions. So what can you do when this happens? Have a look below where we've broken it down into three key steps. Listen. Often the best way to support someone is to just allow them to have...
 I think mental illness can sometimes be hard to understand if you have never really experienced it or never known someone who has experienced it. I guess it's not like mental illness is a taboo subject anymore because it is commonly portrayed and spoken about in the media. Yet, it's like there is this certain image or stigma attached to the w...
Have you ever been looking through old photographs or listening to a song and found yourself reminiscing and smiling at positive memories from your past? This scenario of recalling positive memories in order to re-experience happy events and emotions is an example of positive reminiscence. Positive reminiscence has shown great potential in reducing...
​They teach us young the things worth living forThe big things in life to make us want moreLike buying a house or getting a promotion Having a baby or getting married to show devotionThese are things that we strive to achieveBecause this is what will make us happy we believeBut what about the smaller and simpler thingsAnd the happiness and joy that...

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