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 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 tea cup 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, ...
 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...
Just listening… sounds simple enough right? But how often do we feel the need to jump into giving advice and solutions when someone comes to us for support? How often has someone else done this when all we've wanted is to be listened to? It may sound easy, but just listening is something we regularly forget to do, and yet this can often be the most...
Being human means we experience an incredible and diverse set of emotions. Some emotions are rich and fulfilling, such as the amazing feeling of achievement after finishing a huge assignment or perhaps the overwhelming feeling of utter joy when you see friend after a long time. Other emotions may not be so pleasant such as the heavy and intense fee...
Every day, we experience thousands of thoughts per day. We think of our worries, memories, day-dreams, and reminders such as "I need to remember to drop into the shop after work to buy milk" or "I still need to buy Aunty Carol a present". Therefore, although technically we are present in our environment we are not always emotionally present. This c...
This year, June 15th marked the start of Men's health week. This week is so important because the health status of males is typically poorer than that of females – and this goes for physical and mental health. Today I want to specifically focus on men's mental health. Did you know that men are less likely than women to actively engage with mental h...
When the Covid-19 restrictions first rolled through and most workplaces were implementing working from home, one of my friends took it pretty hard. Let's call her Jess. Jess worked in an office that was busy and full of life. She was one of those people who is a social butterfly, the kind of person who usually says hi to everyone and isn't afraid t...
We've all heard about it before, practising gratitude as a tool for increasing overall happiness and satisfaction in our lives. But it sounds a bit too good to be true, doesn't it? Can something as simple as writing down or thinking about the things we're grateful for, really make us happier?The shorter answer; yes. But let me give you a slightly l...
If only my parents / boss / partner / children would stop / start / try / remember…Everyone has some version of an "if only" statement: Something life-changing that seems sort of…out of reach. A stressor that if resolved, would make everything (or at least, a lot of the things) all better. What's yours?Now imagine for a moment, that while you are a...

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