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Top 5 Benefits of Becoming a Volunteer

We all know lending a helping hand can make us feel pretty good inside – but did you know volunteering offers you a wealth of mental and physical advantages? Celebrate National Volunteering week by discovering the benefits of becoming a volunteer. #1: Volunteering will improve your mental health In joining together with a team for

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Why inability to cope with uncertainty may cause mental health problems

Not knowing is an uncomfortable experience. As human beings, we are naturally curious. We seek to understand, predict and control – it helps us learn and it keeps us safe. Uncertainty can feel dangerous because we cannot predict with complete confidence what will happen. As a result, both our hearts and minds may race. While

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Invictus Games support dogs could change lives for the better

For years, Vietnam War veteran John Hume lived with the trauma of watching dozens of men drown during the 1969 collision between HMAS Melbourne and a US destroyer — but he’s finally reconnecting with the world, thanks to the “sad brown eyes” of his support dog Oriana. His case is the perfect example of the

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NSW government announce Farmers to benefit from crucial mental health support

Farming communities facing pressure in the wake of severe drought conditions will have access to 20 new ‘farm gate’ counsellors and frontline mental health workers as part of a $6.3 million commitment from the NSW Government. Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries announced that more people in drought-affected areas of Western NSW will now have access

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National support network needed for police mental health

A national network providing support to police experiencing trauma should be established to better deal with officers’ mental health, the national police unions has said. In its submission to a senate inquiry examining the mental health of emergency workers, the Police Federation of Australia recommended an independent service provider network be set up in every state

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The Layman’s Lived Experience of Mental Illness: Damaged Goods or Better Than Ever?

The stigma of mental illness remains unacceptably alive and well at the organisational and individual level. One person and one conversation at a time we can change the perception to understand that mental illness doesn’t discriminate based on sex, race, religion, education or income. Indeed understanding mental health is as important as knowing your company’s

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