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Today is Australia’s national R U OK? Day – a day organised by the R U OK? non-profit suicide organisation to remind and encourage us to have conversations about suicide. Do you know how to detect the signs of suicide?  Here’s some of clues that might...

Do you trust everything your brain tells you?  Or are you open to weighing up the validity of your thoughts?  Can you play around with the “truths” your mind comes up with? Learning to challenge your own thoughts leads to more flexible thinking styles which is...

Depression is a complex disease.  The reasons behind its development often include a mix of biological risk factors like whether there has been depression in your family (your ‘genetic predisposition’)1-2, psychological factors including how flexible your cognitive (thinking) style is3 or whether you’re more subject...

Thoughts and feelings – sometimes we can’t live with ‘em, and we definitely can’t live without ‘em.  So, when a particularly gripping thought or feeling just won’t leave you alone, here’s a quick mindfulness technique to help overcome its stronghold on you and your wellbeing. Recognise:...

Whether you’re gay, straight, male, female, or anywhere in between, all of us go through some form of identity development where we investigate what it means to really be me.  This process is confronting at the best of times… Remember all those haircuts and outfits?...

Have you ever felt like when you and your partner talk to each other, you end up feeling further apart than you did at the start?  Do you get the sense that they don’t really ‘get it’ and neither do you? Conversation is meant to connect...

When things heat up between you and your partner, or you and your children, how do you bring yourself back down?  Are you intentional with your words when big emotions rise?  Verbal abuse might not seem as harmful as physical abuse on the surface, but...

Traumatic experiences are individual experiences – for something to be traumatic it only has to feel horrible to you.  In this way, trauma can include things like lived experiences in a combat zone, real or threatened physical or sexual violence, abuse or neglect as a...

There’s lots of strategies to help younglings settle, including “crying it out” (where the child is left to cry until they have exhausted themselves) or controlled crying (where parents gradually respond to crying over a series of scheduled minutes).  These techniques have been able to...

“Social Jetlag” is what happens when there is a big difference between our circadian clocks (our internally preferred sleep schedule) and our social clocks (the external timing of ‘life stuff’ – things like work, school, and social events that often dictate our sleep schedule).  Usually,...