Bullying and your rights

Bullying has long lasting detrimental affects on a person. The following information provides some insight into what is bullying, your rights, how bullying can affect you, and what to do if you are being bullied at school.   Your Rights You have a right to feel safe and to be treated fairly and respectfully, these […]

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Help over the holiday period

The holiday season can be a stressful period, while intended to be a time of celebration, it can also be a time of sadness or loneliness for some people. You may feel that the holidays don’t meet your expectations, or you may miss people who you cannot be with over the holidays. It is normal […]

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

What is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder (sometimes called PTSD) is a form of anxiety disorder. The Australian prevalence rates for PTSD are 4.4% (12 month) and 7.2% (lifetime) Some people develop this condition after they have experienced a traumatic event. This event might be a serious accident, physical or sexual assault, war or torture, or […]

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What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is an illness affecting the normal functioning of the brain. It is one of a group of disorders known as psychosis. Schizophrenia affects people’s thoughts, perceptions and behaviour and interferes with their ability to function at work, school or relate to other people. People affected by schizophrenia have one ‘personality’ not a ‘split personality’, […]

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What are Bipolar Disorders

It is estimated that the global prevalence of bipolar disorder is between 1 and 2% and has been said to be as high as 5% and, according to the World Health Organization, is the 6th leading case of disability in the world.     What is bipolar disorder? Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that […]

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Are You Worried About Someone Else’s Drug Problem?

Caring for a partner, family member or friend who has a drug and/or alcohol abuse problem can leave you feeling isolated and alone. It may be hard to talk to others about your situation, particularly if they haven’t had the same experience as you. It’s difficult to accept, but often we make someone else’s problem […]

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Understanding and Managing Depression

What is depression? Everyone experiences feelings of sadness, disappointment, or ‘the blues’ from time to time. Depression however refers to a range of mood and other symptoms that are more intense, pervasive and long-lasting, are distressing to the person, and interfere with their day-to-day life and relationships.   Signs and symptoms The key symptoms of […]

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Understanding and Managing Anxiety

 What is anxiety? Anxiety refers to feelings of worry, nervousness, or a sense of apprehension, typically about an upcoming event where the outcome is uncertain, or where the person feels he or she might not be up to the task. Anxiety is commonly experienced in high pressure situations, for example, prior to a making a […]

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Understanding and Managing Stress

What is stress? Stress is often described as a feeling of being overloaded, wound-up tight, tense and worried. We all experience stress at times. It can sometimes help to motivate us to get a task finished, or perform well. But stress can also be harmful if we become over-stressed and it interferes with our ability […]

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Is Your Workplace Mentaly Healthy

Did you know Mental illness is now the leading cause of sickness absence and long term work incapacity in the developed world? A report conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers in March 2014 estimates that the cost to Australian business is approximately $10.9 billion per year. Mental health conditions come at a huge cost, not only to individuals […]

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