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July 21, 2017

***Trigger warning: Suicide, Mental Illness*** I woke up this morning without the buzz of an alarm. It was my day off. A day to focus on writing, reading, cleaning and daydreaming. I scrolled through my social media while my coffee was brewing and noticed the status by a friend: RIP Chester Bennington. It couldn’t be. I quickly went to a trusted news website and the words screamed at me in black and white. Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park,…

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13 thoughts on Thirteen Reasons Why

May 9, 2017

Last year, I read the book Thirteen reasons why by Jay Asher. This weekend, I finally finished watching the Netflix show based on the book. While the show does do justice to the book, there are certainly some differences but I guess that’s because they probably want to produce a second season. While there were lots of things the book and show did well at, there were also some things that didn’t sit well with me in both. Before you go…

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5 things not to say to someone with depression

July 18, 2016

On average, 1 in 6 people will experience depression in their lifetime. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 8 men will suffer from this debilitating mental health disorder. Worldwide, depression is the leading cause of disability. In Australia alone, during one year, it is estimated that about 1 million Australian adults will suffer from depression and about 2 million from anxiety. Yet, in spite of these statistics, there continues to be a stigma around it. What is depression Remember,…

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5 tips to help your shy child

December 11, 2015

This post is brought to you by Disguises.com.au Shyness is not an uncommon trait. In today’s society where being outgoing and gregarious is rewarded, it’s hard to be a shy kid or adult. I wasn’t a shy kid  to begin with but after a few bad experiences at 11, I went into my shell. I became a super-shy teenager. As a psychologist, I have a soft spot for kids and teens who are anxious. It’s probably because I have a…

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Let’s talk about suicide

September 10, 2015

Suicide. We don’t like to talk about it much, do we? For some people, it’s akin to using a swear word. And yet, about 7 people die of suicide each day in Australia. It is also the 10th leading cause of death in men. About 16.8 per 100,000 men die of suicide while 9.9 per 100,000 women die this way. The rate is 2.5 times higher in Aboriginal men and 3.4 times higher in Aboriginal women. As of 2012, twice…

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