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CRISIS SUPPORTS

  LETSS, is a non-crisis free call afterhour's phone and web-chat service that offers information, navigation, and support for anyone with any mental health care concerns. However, if you are feeling suicidal, or at risk to yourself or to someone else it can be helpful to have a list of crisis supports you can contact. Check out some of the se...
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Thought Records

Thought records are for the purpose of being able to better understand, acknowledge, and identify our negative thoughts. The premise is that just because we have a thought it does not mean that we have to accept it as being true since sometimes our thoughts (especially when we are feeling depressed or anxious) do not always reflect reality. A thoug...
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Helping someone cope during a panic attack

  It can be difficult witnessing someone you care for suffer from a panic attack. You may feel helpless and unsure of what to do, however there are few small things you can do to help the person experiencing the panic attack. Stay with the person, and sit with them to help them ride it out. Don't panic! Stay calm to show them that everything i...
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Interview with Judy Burke, Founder of Borderline Personality Disorder Carer Support Group: "Sanctuary"

​ Q & A with Judy from Sanctuary: Caring for a person with Borderline Personality Disorder Recently, one of our peer workers sat down with Judy Burke, founder of BPD carer support group Sanctuary, about her experiences of being a carer for someone living with Borderline Personality Disorder. Q: Thanks for speaking with me today, Judy. Would you...
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Coping with Grief

Inevitably, there will be upcoming anniversaries and days such as Christmas and birthdays, in which you have previously shared with your deceased loved one. These will be difficult moments in which the absence of your loved one is particularly prominent and normal grief reactions may be intensified. For some people, the lead-up to the event is some...
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Dealing with a relationship break down

Dealing with a divorce or a break-up can be an incredibly difficult, stressful, and emotional experience in one's life. Often a break-up can bring on a range of different and conflicting emotions including feelings of grief, sadness, denial, disbelief, anger, fear, and confusion. It is normal to feel these things after a break-up and it can take ti...
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Practicing Self Compassion

Self-compassion does not mean that you have to ignore the pain or stop yourself from feeling emotions such as being sad, frustrated, or angry. Rather, being self-compassionate is about acknowledging that everyone makes mistakes, no one is perfect, and experiencing unpleasant difficulties is sometime inevitable. However, rather than criticising your...
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Coping with the loss of a pet

​ For many of us, a pet is more than simply 'just a pet'. Pets are often a beloved and valued member of the family, and can bring joy, companionship, meaning, and purpose into our lives. That is why, when a valued pet passes away, it is normal to feel an overwhelming sense of loss and grief, just as you might feel if you lost a family member or a f...
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Planning for behaviour change

We all have behaviours that we would like to change. Maybe it's an addictive behaviour, like drinking, smoking or drugging. Or maybe it's something more subtle, like spending too much time on social media, or not eating enough greens. Recognising the need to change is an important first step in the change process. However, planning ahead and taking...
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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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