Sharing – Smashing the mental health stigma in our small towns

Sharing – Smashing the mental health stigma in our small towns

This is some serious truth out of Australia, that applies everywhere : I can see where their fear stems from. In these small country towns, it’s difficult to walk down the one main street and not have 30 people you know see you. Where is the privacy in simply taking the first step to walk…

Link – If your organisation is looking for offenders, you’re leaving children at risk

Link – If your organisation is looking for offenders, you’re leaving children at risk

This is an interesting opinion piece out of Australia, one that I think we should think about more. The Commissioners found, “There is no typical profile of an adult perpetrator”. They found that the strategies used to sexually abuse children would differ greatly depending on the context in which the abuse occurred. As a result,…

Link – How to ask someone are you ok | R U OK?

Link – How to ask someone are you ok | R U OK?

The Australian government tweeted about this earlier, and I decided to take a look. I absolutely love what they’ve done here. “Got a niggling feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust…

Stigma in the Workplace Keeps People From Getting Help in South Africa Too

Stigma in the Workplace Keeps People From Getting Help in South Africa Too

I don’t know that I have a lot of readers in South Africa, but the quote from this article does go to show that this is a worldwide problem. Living in the US, and being connected to a number of folks from the UK and Australia, I may hear and read about it more in…

Link – An Australia-wide campaign to shine a light on mental illness
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Link – An Australia-wide campaign to shine a light on mental illness

This sounds like a great event for you Aussies. Advocacy group Australians For Mental Health is calling on communities to join its campaign to fix the country’s flailing mental health system. “This June gather your friends, neighbours and coworkers and host an event to shine a light for those affected by suicide and mental illness,”…

Link – Australian gymnasts and staff to be trained to identify child abuse

Link – Australian gymnasts and staff to be trained to identify child abuse

Kudos to Australia for recognizing the risk and doing what they can to make everyone involved more aware! “The Bravehearts founder, Hetty Johnston, said Gymnastics Australia had shown leadership in setting new benchmarks in child protection. “What the royal commission has discovered is that you need children to understand their rights and when they feel…