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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-...
 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 dif...
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...
​1. Try something new2. Go for a walk 3. Plan a trip or an outing4. Declutter your room5. Write down 3 things that make you happy6. Text or call an old friend7. Compliment a stranger8. Have a cup of tea 9. Be creative 10. Listen to your favourite/song/album11. Prepare a healthy meal for yourself or loved ones12. Try a new hobby 13. Stretch14. ...
 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 ex...
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, ...
Myth 1: People who have BPD are attention-seeking and manipulativePeople 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 o...
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...
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 LayersDressing in several thin but warm layers can be much more effective towar...
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...
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...
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...
(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 and...
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 ...
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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