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Support Groups in Adelaide

When you are going through a difficult time, you may often feel alone as though there is no one who can relate or understand what you are going through. However, you do not have to deal with this on your own! Joining in a support group or an activity group, can be a great way to meet people going through their own mental health journey. It also pro...
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Life is great so why am I sad?

I was eighteen, and it seemed as though I had it all. I had just started University, studying a degree that I loved and my grades reflected my enthusiasm. As well as studying full-time, I juggled a range of extra-curricular activities including playing badminton, volleyball, running track, and attending dancing classes. Outside of Uni and my extra-...
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Creating an after-hours self-care toolkit

  Here at LETSS, we understand that evenings can be difficult for people experiencing mental health issues (after all, that's why we're here between 5pm and 11:30pm every night!) Evenings are usually the time when we're most likely to be alone with our thoughts, and we have less options available to help make us feel better. After all, it's di...
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Having a Mental Health Model

Being diagnosed with a mental illness can be a scary and overwhelming experience. Many people struggle receiving a diagnosis and can be in denial for some time. Some people feel that a diagnosis is a label that doesn't accurately represent their life experiences, and would rather focus on their mental health in a holistic way. For some people after...
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30 Ways to Recharge When Feeling Low

​1.  Try something new 2. Go for a walk 3. Plan a trip or an outing 4. Declutter your room 5. Write down 3 things that make you happy 6. Text or call an old friend 7. Compliment a stranger 8. Have a cup of tea 9. Be creative 10. Listen to your favourite/song/album 11. Prepare a healthy meal for yourself or loved ones 12. Try a new hobby 13. St...
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Reducing Work Burnout

  At some point or another, we may have all experienced coming into work with feelings of dread or have felt added pressure and stress at work. However, if the stress and pressure resulting from work is becoming constant and is causing you to feel physically and mentally unwell, you may be experiencing burnout. Sufferers of burnout typically e...
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Borderline Personality Disorder Centre for Excellence

The Government has announced that a Centre of Excellence for the treatment of people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) will be opened in Adelaide, South Australia. In recent years, BPD has been blamed as the cause of death for several suicides in young South Australians. People with BPD often have difficulty regulating emotions, ...
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MYTHS ABOUT BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER

Myth 1: People who have BPD are attention-seeking and manipulative People who have BPD are often viewed as being manipulative or attention-seeking. However, this is often not the case or intention. When someone is intentionally manipulative, the person deliberately seeks to manipulate someone else to gain what they want. However, a person with BPD ...
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Misconceptions About Mental Illness

There are many misconceptions and myths floating around about mental illness. As a result, discrimination is an obstacle that many people with a mental health condition are forced to face. At LETSS, we believe in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness. To do so, we have compiled an article on some of the commons myths surrounding menta...
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Staying Warm in Winter

With the colder days and rain upon us, the kind of clothes we wear make a big difference between an enjoyable outing and a miserable icy adventure. However, with these handy quick tips, you will be able to stay warm regardless of what the weather throws at you. Dress in Layers Dressing in several thin but warm layers can be much more effective towa...
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Getting help (without leaving the house)

When we're feeling emotionally unwell, it can be hard enough getting out of bed, let alone picking up the phone, booking a doctors' appointment, and attending it in person. Fortunately, in today's technological age, there are a variety of mental health supports available, many of which don't even require you to leave the house! While it is always a...
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Wellbeing Plans

If you are going through a difficult time, it can often be helpful to have a plan for those times when you are feeling alone or as though nothing can help. Having a safety or well-being plan helps you prepare for these times by having important information ready at hand such as who you can contact or a list of things that have helped you cope befor...
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Men and Mental Health

For anyone, talking about mental health concerns with someone else can be intimidating and difficult. However, in particular men who have been taught to be 'strong' and 'man up' and 'bottle up their emotions', can find it particularly daunting seeking mental health care services and resources. In fact, statistics have shown 1.On average, one in eig...
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How to be Resilient

(Image from Unsplash by Aditya Saxena)  It's inevitable, sometimes life comes and knocks us down. In moments like these, resilience is an incredible skill to have, to allow us to recover and grow from life's challenges. Over time, learning the ability to be knocked down and being able to bounce back will allow you to become a more resilient an...
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TV Shows that deal with mental illness

It can often be difficult to find a TV show that accurately depicts mental illness in a realistic and thoughtful light. However, fortunately, many new shows have been making an effort to portray mental illness in a much more genuine and representative way. Of course, given that everyone is different, no TV show will be able to entirely capture the ...
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How to support a loved one with mental illness

Supporting a loved one with a mental illness can be difficult and often at times we may feel at loss at what to do. This article will discuss a few simple ways of what you can do to support someone you care for with a mental illness.  1. Educate Educate yourself about their mental illness. Not knowing about their mental illness can often cause...
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The 54321 Technique (grounding exercise for panic attacks)

Panic attacks can feel scary and overwhelming, and we can often feel as though they are out of our control. However, grounding exercises are a simple yet useful technique to use to bring you back to the present and help you to realise you are safe and in control. Grounding techniques come in many different forms however this article will specifical...
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Youth Expo

As part of the SA Youth Week, the Multicultural Communities Council of SA joined with The City of Charles Sturt, The City of Port Adelaide Enfield, and The City West Torrens to organise a Youth Expo which LETSS was lucky to a part of! At LETSS, we believe it's important to take good care of our mental health and well-being. Therefore, the theme for...
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Although, the positive impact that fresh and nutritious food has on our physical body is well-known, the influence that healthy food has upon our mind is much less acknowledged. This article will discuss some foods that can help to improve your mental well-being and health, and how you can incorporate them into your lifestyle. 1. Leafy greens Accor...
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Challenging Thoughts

The way we think can have a huge impact on the way we feel. While positive thoughts can help us to feel empowered and happy, negative thoughts can often cause distress or anxiety. Although it can be difficult to make those unwanted thoughts stop coming to mind, it is possible to learn how to challenge these thoughts and identify when they are unhel...
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