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Mental health

Suicide Call Back Service provides phone and online counselling for anyone struggling with their mental health including anxiety, depression, feeling low, stressed or having suicidal thoughts.

Suicide Call Back Service has a number of resources available that can help you through this difficult time. If it is an emergency call 000.

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Signs of a toxic relationship

Things not going well in your relationship? There may be obvious things that aren’t working, but there are also subtle signs that something isn’t quite right. If you’re wondering what is going wrong, here are some signs of a toxic relationship.

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Nature as a healer

International Day of Forests is on 21 March and this year’s theme is Forests and Sustainable Cities. The day #internationaldayofforests is a great opportunity for us to look at nature as a healer, and how it can help, heal and protect us.

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Understand how depression can affect your relationship

Individuals with a mental health condition such as depression can have a negative impact on their spouse’s mental health, and vice versa, sometimes even leading to relationship breakdown. Understand the common signs that indicate depression could be a factor in your relationship.

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How to build a strong support network

When it comes to our mental health and wellbeing, studies have shown that having a good support network with strong relationships you can count on, is vital. A support network refers to those people in your life that help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Read our tips on how to create a strong support network.

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How to cope with relationship separation and divorce

How to cope with separation and divorce. Relationship separation and divorce are among the toughest life experiences people can face. But no matter how hard thins seem to get, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

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Claire Suicide Call Back Service Virtual Assistant
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Claire is a virtual assistant, designed by the Suicide Call Back Service. Using artificial intelligence, Claire can support you in getting the help you need, finding information and self-help resources that can help you address your needs. Claire also has a pre-loaded breathing skills program to help you feel calmer if you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed.

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Myths about schizophrenia

There are a lot of misunderstandings about schizophrenia that result in stigma. We’re working to reduce the stigma by busting some common myths.

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Myths about suicide

There are many suicide myths that cloud our judgement and stop us from reaching out to someone who may be suicidal. Here we separate myths such as, “Asking someone if they are suicidal will put the idea in their head.” to “Once a person feels suicidal, they will always feel that way.” from fact.

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Understand how lived experience storytelling can help your mental health

Stories are often about people, and a good story is about something we can relate to or identify with. Understand how lived experience storytelling can help your mental health.

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Struggling to cope? Six reasons to reach out to family and friends

When we’re struggling to cope, talking about it with the people around us might be the last thing we feel like doing. We might think they won’t care, or that we will be leaving ourselves exposed. However, opening up to someone can often make us feel much better. Here are six reasons to reach out to someone close to you.

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Age and depression

Symptoms of depression among the elderly are high, especially in residential aged care, but it is important to note that depression is not a natural part of ageing.

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What is a panic attack

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, up to 40% of the population will experience a panic attack at some point in their lifetime. Read our article on what a panic attack feels like and what can cause a panic attack to happen.

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What is emotional abuse?

Emotional abuse can be devastating and can cause harm to your mental health. Learn how to spot the common signs and find out where to get help.

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How to create a positive relationship

Our personal relationships will undoubtedly be the most important relationships of our lives. Like anything important us, these personal relationships require attention and care. Here are some helpful tips on how to develop and maintain a positive relationship.

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Returning to work after a mental health issue

Returning to work after a mental health issue can be daunting. You may have lost some of your confidence and aren’t sure what sort of reception you are going to receive when you return to work.

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World Mindfulness Day

No matter who you are, at some stage in your life you will experience an emotionally tough time. As humans we can sometimes process our thoughts and feelings in unhealthy ways, but research now shows us that mindfulness can make a difference to the levels of contentment or happiness we have in our lives.

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Pay it Forward – The mental benefits of volunteering

Pay It Forward Day is a global initiative that seeks to make a difference by creating a huge ripple of kindness felt across the world. One way to get involved with #Payitforwardday is to volunteer. Studies show that volunteering can have many positive implications, not only for those you help, but also for your own mental wellbeing.

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Depression symptoms - Am I depressed?

Depression is a consistent and intense state of sadness that is negatively impacting your life. Recognising depression symptoms can be the first step in getting help. Read our list of common symptoms you may be experiencing if you are depressed.

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Physical and mental health effects of both a good and bad night’s sleep

We often feel ‘out of sorts’ after a bad night’s sleep, yet ready to take on anything after an unbroken eight hours. Here we look at the physical and mental health effects of both a good and bad night’s sleep.

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Loneliness and social relationships - 14 tips to connect with others

Social relationships and human connection are increasingly important as it can affect our physical and mental health. Learn about the 14 tips recommended by psychologists at the Australian Psychological Society to help connect with others and overcome loneliness.

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Should I talk about my mental health at work?

Mental health has a far-reaching impact on the wellbeing of Australians at work. Yet, for a range of reasons, many people do not feel comfortable discussing it with their colleagues.

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How to deal with a panic attack

A panic attack can come out of the blue and can be very frightening. You may have a sudden feeling of terror and experience panic attack symptoms like a fast heart rate, sweating, shortness of breath, dizziness and a loss of control. If you have experienced a panic attack in the past, you know how scary it can feel. So how can you deal with a panic attack?

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How to support your emotional health during the pandemic

Taking the time to support your emotional health during – and after – the pandemic will help you cope better and readjust to normal life.

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Managing workplace stress

It’s likely that at some point in your career you’ve had a stressful job, even if you love what you do. Workplace stress can be short term, like meeting a tight, important deadline, but if work stress becomes chronic and long term, something must be done.

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10 tips to help make positive habits stick

Just as bad habits are hard to break, positive habits are hard to make. Here’s 10 tips for how to make those habits stick.

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Is feeling anxious normal?

All of us feel anxious sometimes. You may be feeling anxious if you have an important presentation coming up or a big project that is due – these feelings are unpleasant, but it should stop once the event is over. This feeling of anxiety, nervousness and worry is normal and lasts for a short time.

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Staying on top of working from home during COVID-19

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, many people have found themselves working from home. There are many benefits to working from home, as well as some pitfalls. Here we look at some of the challenges and how to stay on top of working from home.

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Looking after your mental health during COVID-19

Stress and anxiety can have a negative impact on your health – both in the short and long term. Learn how to look after your mental health during COVID-19.

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How to balance living and working from home

Remote working isn’t the future of how employees work, it’s already here. But sometimes balancing working from home with living from home can be difficult. Read our tips on how to work remotely.

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Do I need a mental health day?

Taking a mental health day can help stop those little problems from turning into bigger problems and reduce your stress levels. Learn how to take a mental health day.

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Claire is a virtual assistant, designed by the Suicide Call Back Service. Why not let Claire take you through her progressive muscle relaxation program to help manage stress and improve mental function.

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When to take a mental health day

With three million Australians currently living with anxiety or depression, it’s no wonder we sometime need a mental health day! At times we place more emphasis on physical health in the workplace than our mental health. Look out for these signs you may need a mental health breather.

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Taking care of yourself at work

Most people work a 36-40 hour week, but there are also a lot of people who work more or less than that. Regardless of how much you work, it can still take a toll on your mental health.

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Protecting yourself and others online during COVID-19

It’s never been more important to stay virtually connected. Yet increased internet usage has seen a rise in cyber bullying, phishing scams, conspiracies and misinformation. Here we look at the current risks of engaging online, as well as ways to help others (particularly young people) combat these and stay safe online.

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Forming new habits

It’s the new year, and you’re already struggling to keep up some of your resolutions. You started off with the best intentions; forming new habits, but now it’s hard to break the old ones! To help, we’ve compiled some advice below.

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The pressure to appear happy, could be making you unhappy

When perusing social media platforms, one thing becomes very clear. Everyone is trying to portray themselves as though they are 100% happy all the time. But we’re calling it – Sometimes life sucks. Sometimes you lose your job, your partner or your house. But you know what? It’s okay to acknowledge and talk about difficult feelings.

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Mental Health Week
What’s happening during Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week (7-14 October) is a great time for everyone to focus on and think about our mental health. Throughout Australia, there will be lots of activities and events taking place. We’re taking a look at what is happening in each state and territory.

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World Suicide Prevention Day - Working together to prevent suicide

Suicide is a major social health issue in our society, with The World Health Organisation estimating that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year. Worldwide, suicide claims more lives than homicide, war and terrorism combined. Working Together to Prevent Suicide is 2018’s theme for World Suicide Prevention Day, chosen intentionally as it highlights the most essential ingredient for effective global suicide prevention – collaboration.

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Homeschooling (and keeping kids busy) during COVID-19

The COVID- 19 pandemic is having a significant impact on people’s lives. One of the biggest challenges, has been for parents and carers to guide their children through ‘at home’ learning. Here we look at some tips and resources to help you keep the kids happy and learning.

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Physical health as a treatment for mental health

Physical health and mental health can go hand in hand. Regular exercise, while aiding overall fitness levels, may also help to relieve stress, anxiety and depression. To help alleviate the symptoms of depression, some GPs are prescribing exercise alongside other treatment.

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Effects of alcohol

Many of us like to have a drink from time to time, but for some of us, alcohol can be a problem. Excessive drinking can affect your mental and physical health, as well as your relationships. Understand how alcohol can effect the entire body including the brain, the gut, the heart and your sleep.

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Physical, mental, and financial support during COVID-19

COVID-19 has led many of us to feel concerned about our health. One of the best ways to protect our health is to know where to go for support. Here, we have complied some tips for keeping safe, as well as resources for practical support, including support options available if your job, financial or housing situation has been impacted by this crisis.

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Clean Up Australia Day - boost your wellbeing

Sunday 4 March 2018 is Clean Up Australia Day – When the rubbish is gone, nature can carry on. Social interaction, physical activity and contact with nature can have positive effects on our mental and physical wellbeing.

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Coping after large scale tragedies

When news of large scale tragedies break, the emotional impact can be difficult to deal with. Constant discussions at work and exposure to ongoing media coverage can make you feel unsafe, anxious, or powerless. View our seven tips to help you or your friends address these feelings so they don’t impact your daily life.

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IDAHOBIT day

Friday 17 May 2019 is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). Launched in 2004 #IDAHOBIT celebrates LGBTQIA+ people around the world, championing inclusion and aiming to build a better world for the LGBTQIA+ community.

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What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness can bring us greater awareness as we purposely focus on what we are doing in a non-judgemental way. When we pay attention to where we are and what we are doing, we become less reactive to what is going on around us. Mindfulness is something we can all do and the more we practice, the easier it gets.

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Signs of a healthy relationship

While there is probably no such thing as a perfect relationship, there are many healthy relationships out there. We’re taking a look at what makes a relationship healthy.

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Steps for change in the new year

We all have our vices, our habits. Things we know that we shouldn’t necessarily be doing that aren’t healthy or simply don’t blend with who we want to be. Even though we know some of the things we should change, motivation is harder to come by.

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How to cope with relationship separation and divorce

How to cope with separation and divorce. Relationship separation and divorce are among the toughest life experiences people can face. But no matter how hard thins seem to get, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

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Mental health week

This Sunday is World Mental Health Day and the start of Mental Health Week in Australia. The theme this year is Do You See What I See? It’s a campaign that challenges some of the stereotypes and perceptions of mental illness.

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Symptoms and causes of anxiety

Anxiety is more than a passing feeling of being worried or nervous when you have something important coming up like giving a speech. When your anxiety is long term and doesn’t go away after a stressful event, it can start to affect your day-to-day activities. Here we look at the symptoms and causes of anxiety.

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Tips for taking care of your mental wellbeing

We all need to focus on our mental wellbeing to stay balanced and healthy in life. Follow these tips to improve your mental wellbeing.

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Looking after yourself in the workplace

If you spend a lot of time at work, what steps can you take to ensure your workplace isn’t negatively impacting your mental health? Here’s how to look after your wellbeing at work.

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