R U OK?

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In light of R U Ok day, Parent Talk has a round up of mental health related posts. Mental illness, even in 2015, is a topic surrounded by misunderstanding and stigma. We hope that by sharing these we can spread greater awareness on the subject.

Canberra Mummy shares:

Postnatal depression (PND) – the story of my life for the last twelve months.Not because I have it. But because I have been writing a thesis on it. I have been investigating PND’s relationship with perfectionism and mothers’ perceptions of control… Read More

Musings of the Misguided on Self-Harm, Guilt and Parenting:

This year it has been 13 years since I started self harming.  People believe that if you don’t actively self harm anymore then you shouldn’t really say that you are a self harmer or a person who self harms.  However I think of the action of self harming as an addiction, and so it is something that I have to work hard to not engage in… Read More

Finding Myself Young shares what it’s like to be a child of suicide:

Firstly let me say being a child of suicide is something I hope none of you ever have to experience. I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone, even my greatest enemy (if I had one). Unfortunately this is the life I’ve had to live since I was 10… Read More

HandbagMafia talks about the struggle against suicide:

Recently, a member of my family attempted suicide. To say it scared me is an understatement. To say I knew what to do or say is a lie. I can’t begin to imagine what she was feeling or how dark a place she must have been in to feel that was the only way out… Read More

The Dadinator’s other half, Mamanator, talks anti-depressants and caffeine:

Hi, I’m the Mamanator. I have a university degree. I am happily married to my best friend. I have worked in emergency services administration, the public service, customer service and hospitality. I have volunteered with arts groups, theatres and community services. I have acted, danced, sung, debated and protested in public. I love sci-fi, fantasy and historical crime. I harbour a guilty love of The Simpsons. I am a budding greenie and homesteader. I am about to open a Family Day Care. I am a feminist. I am a stay-at-home parent. I love my two children with an intensity I did not know could exist. I have dodgy ankles and shoulders, some trouble with my hearing, a sulphite allergy, asthma and depression.

I have just gone back onto antidepressants… Read More

Table For Five asks: Are You OK?

After my son died, I had a recurring dream. The dream would occur not only in sleep but also in the hours I was awake… Read More

Simplify, Create, Inspire offers ways to lower stress:

Stress isn’t just a burden on your mood – it can actually be bad for your health! So if you’re finding yourself getting overwhelmed at work, at home or even on the bus, it might be worth taking the time to figure out some ways to lower stress in your life… Read More

Sometimes, Self-Care is what Mums (and Dads!) need- Mumma Plus Three on the “mum rut”:

We all know the story.  We love our kids and wouldn’t have it any other way bla, bla, bla.  But seriously, some days, JUST GIVE ME A BLOODY BREAK! It can be pretty easy to suddenly find yourself in a mummy rut… Read More

Bluezone talks about Tweens and Anxiety:

My focus at the moment is trying to help the tween of the BZ house through a rough patch and work out some good anxiety management techniques so he can learn to tame the monster that tries to consume him… Read More

From The Left Field on R U Ok Day:

Can you imagine living each and every day having to lug a giant weight chained to you? It might be sitting on your shoulders, making it impossible to stand properly. Or sitting on your chest, making it impossible to breathe clearly… Read More

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Unfortunately, it doesn’t work this way.

Our Parallel Connection on teens and suicide:

In a world where social media keeps us connected online 24 hours a day, why are there so many teenagers feeling more disconnected than ever? Suicide in adolescence is the leading cause of death in Australia, second only to motor vehicle accidents… Read More

Please, please don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it and please, if you think a friend or loved one is struggling, ask if they are okay.

If you are, or you suspect someone you know. is about to attempt suicide, don’t hesitate, ring 000. 

Resources:

Lifeline 13 11 14

R U Ok?

Beyond Blue

The Black Dog Institute

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