Art making is SO good for your mental health

August 9th, 2016

My name is Alana and I am a 22-year-old Brisbane artist. I deliberately make mental health a focus of my art practice because for me, art has been an outlet, a place to say what I need to say, and a way to clarify my own thoughts. I struggled as a teenager- and sometimes still [...]

Body Image. Not a one-size fits-all thing!

May 30th, 2016

So I know I’ve already spoken about ignoring articles telling you to follow magic tips that will make you love yourself and your body. So think of this is as the direct opposite of those articles and those tips, generally all the things the fitspo stars and bloggers want you to do and think. Here [...]

What needs altering our bodies our our mindset?

May 23rd, 2016

Hi Tarsh here, back with another installment of my blog series taking look at body image and self esteem. I recently read an article where Ronda Rousey (former UFC Champion) uploaded a photo-shopped picture of herself to her social media. The photo was sent to her to post in order to promote a TV appearance, [...]

Body Image and Instagram

May 11th, 2016

While I was writing my last post (How to fix your body image), I was listening to a podcast of an interview with a prominent fitspo Instagram personality. They post work-outs and diet tips and of course images of their own “fit” body. I’m sure a few of these types of Instagram’s come to mind, [...]

How to Fix Your Body Image

May 4th, 2016

Hello! My name is Tarsh and I’m going to be doing blog posts pretty regularly from now on. I have an honours degree in psychology, and will be talking mostly about body image and related topics. The honours thesis I wrote last year was all about body image, exercise and eating so I have done [...]


January 22nd, 2016

 ‘So, can you read my mind?’ is always the first thing that anyone says when they find out I’m doing a psychology degree, guaranteed. Nope, I will never be able to read your mind, but sometimes it can be a fun game to play along with the remark. My younger sister’s favourite is ‘you must [...]

Buying a car

December 8th, 2015

 Recently, after a long period of saving from every pay day, I bought a new car. In the process of buying a car, I realised that it’s not very common to walk into a car yard on the first day of deciding to buy a new car, and pick one that you want straight away. [...]

I didnt always chooseREAL…raw exposure, what I now know

September 24th, 2015

We are stoked to have a guest post by the creator of the ChooseReal Campaign, Ruth, who shares her experience of learning to chooseReal. Ok, here we go… My real and raw post sharing that I didn’t always ChooseREAL. Full exposure and some of what I now know. It’s not embarrassing to be vulnerable and [...]

‘Does anyone want to play a game?’

September 14th, 2015

‘Does anyone want to play a game?’ is a semi-common phrase in our house. Whether it be Balderdash, Scattergories, or Monopoly (which only comes out on family holidays longer than 3 days and my brother wins regardless of what else happens in the game), we gather around the table after dinner and play a few rounds. [...]


August 10th, 2015

Most of us would know that this acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender But how many people know what the ‘+’ stands for? There are names for sexualities and genders that some of you guys wouldn’t even know existed and I admit that I am no expert myself so I won’t go into [...]

Some People I Know…

July 27th, 2015

It is inevitable to know that people come and go in life. Some people enter our lives for good, and others enter our lives for a short time and will leave thereafter for any number of reasons. But regardless of there being both permanent and temporary people in our lives at any given point, there [...]

Promotion Demotion

July 10th, 2015

Working in promotions and entertainment is a fun filled and atmospheric job. It is a bright and exciting line of work that allows you to attend cool events, meet wonderful people and participate in some pretty awesome networking while you are at work. But, there is one thing that has always bothered me about working [...]

The Great Kid Debate

July 2nd, 2015

Let’s open up the floor to talk about something that is a huge part of most family’s’ everyday lives: kids. Most people may agree that their children are the best thing that has ever happened to them, others may say that it is a struggle having children, but the love they have for them overcomes [...]

The Before Travel Plans

July 2nd, 2015

It’s 1:48pm. In 4 hours, I will get on a plane and fly to Melbourne, wait there for a number of hours, jump on another plane for a little over 9 hours, arrive in Hong Kong, then repeat all over again until I’m in Taiwan by this time tomorrow. I’m fortunate in the fact that [...]

Questions to ask before giving up

July 1st, 2015

We came across this fantastic list of questions and actions to take if things are feeling really awful and you just feel like giving up, it is so good we thought it deserved a blog post all of it’s own. It has a list of questions that are easy to follow and some fantastic tips [...]

Wandering Heart

June 24th, 2015

Wanderlust: a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world. Once you get a taste of travel, it sparks a desire for more into your DNA. Living overseas is like living in fantasy land. Everything is new and exciting, and the people you meet have stories to tell and experiences [...]

Middle Child Syndrome?

June 11th, 2015

Growing up, I had a little sister and a big sister, which is not really a big deal. When we were younger I found it was great; I had two playmates when I was at home and two friends that liked me regardless of what happened. Now a young adult, I still have a younger [...]

Escaping from a possessive and controlling relationship

May 27th, 2015

When you’re young and inexperienced, a new person in your life can have a major impact on how you develop mentally and physically; whether for the better or worse. I’m still a teenager and I wasn’t expecting such a possessive and controlling relationship to be my first. In high school, Person A will say to [...]

Go find the sun

February 16th, 2015

Life can be pretty crazy at the best of times. School, traffic, family – everything can cause us to be stressed. Just the right amount of stress can be ideal for performance in day to day life, however too much stress isn’t real good for you though. You feeling it right now? Finished exams and [...]


December 16th, 2014

During November we held a competition inviting everyone to share their tips or stories about navigating one of life’s challenges. Below is one of the 4 winning entries. By: Phoebe This is a poem I wrote during a time when I was being severely bullied by a particular girl in my grade. Writing my thoughts [...]

It’s not what you think

December 16th, 2014

During November we held a competition inviting everyone to share their tips or stories about navigating one of life’s challenges. Below is one of the 4 winning entries. By: Jacob life isn’t what you think, you need to look around and see yourself through another perspective, only then will you find out what your true [...]

Dealing with Exam Stress

December 16th, 2014

During November we held a competition inviting everyone to share their tips or stories about navigating one of life’s challenges. Below is one of the 4 winning entries. By: Jennifer How an individual can overcome the stress that is thrown upon them leading up to exams such as the HSC… Having just completed my last [...]

My View on Depression

December 16th, 2014

During November we held a competition inviting everyone to share their tips or stories about navigating one of life’s challenges. Below is one of the 4 winning entries. By: Wendy This is my experience with depression and what I want to tell others with depression how to get through it. Depression is not a small [...]

Breaking Down the Door Day

April 11th, 2014

  Arno Bay has a population of just 220 people. Dayna has lived there her whole life and says she’s probably related to half the people in town. Dayna’s proud to be a young woman from the country but there was one thing about life in Arno Bay that wasn’t sitting right with her.

You never know how you can make a difference

March 13th, 2014

This post is from a story submitted to our Tune In Not Out to Youth Health campaign by Emily One day, when I was in primary school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was daniel. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought [...]

9 helpful tips for those having a hard time

February 5th, 2014

This is the winning entry to out TINO:YH 2013 competition where 100′s of you shared your tips and personal Stories. Samantha’s entry was written for her friend and others who may find these tools helpful when they too are finding it hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Lately I’ve had [...]

What To Do When Nobody Knows What’s Wrong With You

January 21st, 2014

Hi there! The title of this post may sound pretty gloomy and… maybe even a little judgemental now that I think about it, but for those that have read previous blogs of mine, this is just a continuation of one of my main topics: chronic illness. Sometimes in the course of our lives, we start [...]

Synesthesia: Taste the Rainbow

January 10th, 2014

Is Wednesday red? Is the number 5 an upbeat young girl in a floral dress? Is that new pop song on the radio the most perfect triangle that you’ve ever heard, and is July somewhere to the right, just above your shoulder? Confused? Welcome to the world of Synesthesia. Defined as sort of “mixing of [...]

Becoming Me

January 6th, 2014

Your value doesn’t decrease based on someones inability to see your self worth. Throughout school, I was liked by everyone. I was the quiet, community orientated girl who would do anything for anyone…essentially, I done what I was told. As I never wanted to stand out or like things that other people didn’t, I started [...]

Why living in a Small Town is vastly different to living in a Big City

December 30th, 2013

Living in a small town is a little like living in a glass bubble. Sure, it can get a bit cramped sometimes with everyone knowing exactly who you are and the air may always smell like cows and dry grass, but your little town in its own little glass bubble is exactly that; a protected [...]

Ready, Set, Go

December 27th, 2013

Once in a while in our lives, we feel like we lose our sense of direction; not in a literal sense but in a sense where we experience that feeling of having nowhere to go or not knowing which way to go from here. Personally, I’ve had that experience before and it was not very [...]

My somewhat delayed Travel Story! (Part 1)

December 13th, 2013

So, as you know from my first blog post a while back, I am the Australian Leo of the Year for 2013-14. This requires an awful lot of travelling and a constantly cheery disposition, and can be exhausting BUT, it has been an amazing journey and I am happy to be it with you all [...]

Dear You

November 29th, 2013

“Dear you, Before we start, I want to tell you that it will be okay – I promise. Sometimes the world sucks. The saying is true – s#!% happens, and there is no way we are ever going to be able to deny that. Bad things happen to bad people, but bad things happen to [...]

On Not Being a Parrot

November 27th, 2013

A little while ago, I was struggling with learning how to enjoy life despite walking alongside anxiety (a process at which I’m much better versed since seeing my counsellor. I was working at a pet supply store, and I was thinking about parrots (who are really intelligent birds) being locked in cages, so bored and [...]

End Of The Year Cheer!

November 22nd, 2013

The end of the year is fast approaching! We are nearly half way through November and December is looming just around the corner, which means Christmas and New Years are just a tick away! Are you in panic mode yet wondering what to get people for Christmas? Or are you trying to decide how to [...]

Contraception Options

November 18th, 2013

After having an unexpected pregnancy and procedure the next step was clear, a better form of contraception, condoms alone were not cutting it for me. I knew I had additional options to the condom, so I researched them this is what I found; The pill It is a small tablet you take once a day. [...]

Unplanned Pregnancy

November 8th, 2013

Monday morning and I was the happiest girl ever, nothing could break my mood. School drifted along effortlessly and fast, why? I just spent the weekend with him, drinking and doing some not so legal things. I had fun, and so did he. Every morning I would receive super cute messages telling me I’m beautiful [...]

Biting Back

November 6th, 2013

My name is Elia; I’m a 23 year old singer-songwriter from Sydney. I am running a campaign called Unbreakable to raise awareness and funds for the treatment of Eating Disorders. Unbreakable is about the strength and resilience you have within yourself to get through an Eating Disorder. Six years ago I was in hospital being [...]

Breaking Point

November 4th, 2013

I am the happiest I have been in years, I look back at all the things I have achieved in my life and feel very happy with my direction in life, I am a mum, I have travelled Europe, I paid off my car, bought a house, worked hard in a job that paid well, [...]

Immerse Yourself- Say yes to an international experience!

October 24th, 2013

Culture is something we can all be proud of. Being an Australian I enjoy a good barbeque, the beach, a game of cricket with my mates, dressing up ridiculously on Australia Day and singing the national anthem at the top of my lungs no matter where I am! Being Australian is something I am truly [...]

The Great Depression: Helping Those Suffering From Mental Illness

October 16th, 2013

This blog post was written by Serina Hajje for vibewire who have kindly shared it with us – a fantastic read with great tips for helping out a friend or loved one.. Living with a mental illness is reality that many Australians struggle with: 1 in 5 Australians aged 16-85 are affected by it. Over [...]

Low Life

August 15th, 2013

An Australian Director (Luke Eve) and an Australian writer (Adam Grossetti) both found a common ground through their own relationships with depression, and noted the hesitation they both felt in discussing what they were going through and saw a desire to break down some of the barriers and be free to say discuss the issue, [...]

The Great Job Juggle

August 4th, 2013

Having a part time job is a great thing. No matter where you work you can earn some extra dollars to pay for living expenses, or maybe just use your income to support a hobby or your shop-a-holic syndrome, whilst working as a team and extended your social and professional network. I, myself, have three [...]

Tick Tock! It’s Decision O’Clock

July 29th, 2013

Sometimes you may find yourself sitting at a cross road. Left, right, forward, back, which direction do you choose? Making decisions can make you feel confused, lonely, doubtful and cautious, but at the end of the day if a decision needs to be made there is no avoiding it. When you’re sitting at that crossroad [...]

Make-Up Madness

July 22nd, 2013

I think I am safe to say that I am among millions of girls, even women, who wear make up on a daily basis…correct? The list of makeup products available on our shelves today is almost endless! You have foundation, powder, mascara, eye shadow, bronzer, lipstick, lip liner, eyeliner, blush, primer, concealer, brow gel and [...]

Asexual, not A Sexual

July 15th, 2013

If I was clicking through TV stations and flicked on to an episode of Pride and Prejudice, I’d probably skip straight past it. I know a lot of people love the show, and some find it incredibly important to their lives and lifestyle – and all of that is fine – but, personally, I just [...]

Speaking Out

June 13th, 2013

As part of Men’s Health week we welcome Jake to our blog, writing for us the first time this week… As a writer, ambassador for equal rights and advocate of mental health; I’m often asked about how I can be so opinionated and unafraid to say what’s bothering me or what’s on my mind. I [...]

Uni students call for mental health education in high schools

June 12th, 2013

We are six students from Swinburne University and we are calling on the Victorian Government to introduce a new mental health education system in high schools in the Chambers of Parliament this July. We have written a piece of proposed legislation entitled Mental Health Education in High Schools, which will debate as part of the [...]

I want to stop suicide

June 6th, 2013

There are 2000 Australians who take their own life per year. I believe this can be reduced. My name is Tiana Spence, I am 18 years old and live in Rockhampton, Queensland, this is my story. I was a normal 15 year old girl, in grade 11. Loved my life and had the most amazing [...]

A ‘Short’ Story

May 25th, 2013

In today’s blog Liv shares her opinion piece on how size doesn’t matter. Girls, imagine the most romantic thing a guy could do for you. Send flowers to you at work, serenade you with a love song or skywrite his underlying adoration for you. Pretty heart melting stuff right? Now imagine if a short man [...]

Talking to Walls

May 14th, 2013

As a writer (I still get a jolt when I refer to myself as a writer, I wonder if that will ever go away?), I have had my fair share of blocks. A lot of mine are to do with my health, but a lot of them are also to do with my mental patterns [...]

Thinking of travelling to the UK?

May 2nd, 2013

Thinking about travelling to the UK for longer than a couple of weeks? Maybe for a few months or even a few years? I moved to the UK last year and I want to share what I know. Passport and Visa If you are planning to work or study, make sure you have a visa. [...]

Hello or urgggg Sunday Morning

April 28th, 2013

Did you wake up this morning saying ‘Heeeelllooo Sunday Morning’ or ‘urrrrrr ouch I’m going back to bed and ignoring Sunday I’m hungover…’ Either way you are not alone. Chris Raine spent most his Sunday mornings doing the later every week until he decided he might try aiming for the first options more often by [...]

Labelling and Mental Health

April 4th, 2013

In this blog Xin takes a look at how a mental health label can impact on you and how others perceive you, sometimes this can be helpful, and other times we have to take a moment to look beyond the label given. I recently wrote a blog article on the power language has of shaping [...]

What’s your dream, are you ready to live it?

March 14th, 2013

So where are you? Are you in high school feeling the pressure of having to think about what career you have to choose before looking at university courses? Or are you at uni and having second thoughts about the course you chose? Maybe you dropped out or just finished a degree and are unsure of [...]

How do you feel about you?

March 5th, 2013

In today’s blog, Skye asks how do you feel about your body image and reports on a survey she undertook amongst her peers about body image. First of all, what is body image? Is it the way we see ourselves? The way we feel about our body’s appearance? The thoughts and beliefs we have about [...]

Is it OK to see a counsellor?

February 26th, 2013

In today’s post Xin takes us on a personal story exploring the question is it Ok to see a counsellor. He explains the simple yes, yes, yes in a personal and insightful way. I had a pretty bad time in high school. Without going into details, I was bullied, I knew what it was like [...]

Living a balanced life

February 19th, 2013

TINO has a really great Topic page dedicated to health and wellbeing. It talks about some ways to live and be healthy, and I recommend the factsheet by Reach Out which you will find on the page in particular. But there’s more to being healthy than just diet and exercise (though those can’t be overlooked). [...]

Summer, Summer, Summer!!

February 5th, 2013

It’s that time of year again! Summer is here! It is time to ditch the jeans, beanies and scarves, and bring out the shorts, singlets and sunglasses! The sun is out and ready to say hello with some heat and gorgeous rays of sunshine! Summer is the time to kick back, relax, soak up some [...]

Proud of my Dreamtime roots

January 29th, 2013

My whole life my mother has explained to me that being Aboriginal is an amazing thing. She use to tell me the Dreamtime stories as I was younger and they were so powerful such creative moral inside each and every story. So in primary school, I thought telling my friends that I was aboriginal would [...]

To get inked or not?

January 22nd, 2013

If people knew me they would think I was very hypocritical to debate about tattoos, I have a few but I have friends who have a lot more, we love our ink and do not regret any of them just like all the websites and facebook sites say, or do we? Two of my friends [...]

New year, new you?

January 15th, 2013

3…2….1…HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! We all know the sound of the iconic new year’s countdown that greets us as ten seconds to midnight on December 31st every year. The dawn of a new year can bring hope and happiness to people all around the world. For some it can mean a fresh start and a second [...]

Hitting the RESET button

January 10th, 2013

Sometimes it takes almost falling over to realise, but we tend to be on overdrive a lot of the time. Our society tends to value people who keep going and going – keep doing more and achieving more – all the time. And while that’s great at times, it’s almost impossible to maintain (unless you’re [...]

How to Make Every Meal Taste Better

January 3rd, 2013

I recently wrote a blog post on healthy eating, but I realised I left out something important. I talked about what to eat, but I didn’t mention anything about how to eat. And that’s probably even more important in terms of having a healthy diet, as well as really enjoying the experience of food. One [...]

A Frayed Rope Hanging by a Thread

December 20th, 2012

A piece of rope seems simple enough. When there are more strands that are woven together in the rope, the greater its strength. A piece of string on its own cannot lift much weight because of its weak composition. On the other hand, a rope can lift hundreds of pounds, being composed of several strands. [...]

Attention job seekers!

December 13th, 2012

It’s the summer holidays and you want to go out but you need money. You don’t want to ask your parents because they’d get annoyed at you so what do you do? Get a job, perhaps? Getting a casual or part-time job is one step to proving to your parents that you can take care [...]

Tough Decisions

December 11th, 2012

There is always two sides to every story. That’s what we were told in school and it taught us to always listen to everything before making up our minds. But what happens when you listen to both sides and still don’t know which one is right? As a teenager there is never a shortage of [...]

Ways to pull yourself out of a slump!

December 7th, 2012

To bring yourself up when feeling down is much easier said than done. However, it is vital to your health and happiness that you do. Feeling sad, bored, and blah about life accomplishes nothing and makes you miserable in the process. It is a waste of your precious life! I too have been stuck in [...]

What defines beauty?

December 6th, 2012

It’s a word we use almost every day to compare ourselves to others, judge others and to make a choice over which product to try based on its better-looking packaging. However, not one of us knows exactly what “beauty” or “being beautiful” is. Why then do we aim to be something we do not know? [...]

Do I look fat in this?

December 3rd, 2012

As part of the Butterfly Foundation’s – Fat Talk Free Week, a week to encouraging us all to shut down Fat Talk. Don’t let it become normal, we have a range of posts written by young people about creating a positive self body image. – – – – – – – - One of the [...]

I said do you speak-a my language?

November 28th, 2012

I wanted to travel from the moment I understood distance. As a 5 year old I was begging my parents to take me to Africa to see lions and elephants (at this point I didn’t understand expense). Growing up the destination list kept expanding until at the age of 11, Italy was my number one [...]

Are you switched on?

November 26th, 2012

There is a pervasive condition that’s infiltrated our lives, and I’d go as far to say that at least 95% of the people you know have it. Most people aren’t aware that they’ve contracted it from somewhere- it probably came into their lives so early and so subtly that they just accepted it without knowing [...]

How do you know if you’re suffering from depression?

November 21st, 2012

Sometimes it’s easier to assume you feel the way you do because of ‘teenage hormones’ or the stresses you’re under as an adolescent, especially if you’re in your final years of schooling. But when does a constant bad mood turn into depression? How do you know if you’re suffering from depression? It can be very [...]

Things I Wish I Knew in High School

November 20th, 2012

Something strange has been happening to me since I entered my twenties. I constantly find myself thinking “I wish I knew that when I was in high school.” Not so much about things like how to write a good essay or how to get good marks, but things about life and relationships. Here in this [...]

Put the ‘YOU’ in University

November 19th, 2012

You often hear people in the workforce looking back on their time at university with great affection and nostalgia. It is true that university can be the best time of your life, but it is also a time of great stress and upheaval; especially your first semester. While you’re still finding your feet (and your [...]

Mental health and Stigma

November 16th, 2012

In today’s blog Kelsea takes a look at mental health and stigma… Going to a counsellor doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. Often, the stigma attached to mental health means that saying ‘I need help’ is seen as a sign of weakness, particularly in Australian culture. In reality, it’s the opposite.

Asking for Help

November 14th, 2012

I started dieting at the age of 11. I was 11 when I decided I wasn’t going to eat bread anymore I was 12 when I first accidentally left my lunch inside the classroom and decided I wasn’t hungry, therefore I would no longer need to take lunch to school so I would keep it [...]

Isn’t that old persons disease?

November 13th, 2012

This is a question I’m asked commonly and the answer is no. I’m 16 and live with Juvenile Oligoarticular Arthritis and Hypermobility. This means that I’m a young person with a condition that can cause pain, inflammation, fever and rashes in less than 5 of my joints at any one time. The hypermobility means that [...]

Leaving the nest

November 12th, 2012

We all (well most of us) reach a point of our adolescent or adult life when it is time to move out of home. How scary does that sound?! For some we may decide at about 18 years old, maybe younger, or at 30 to finally take the giant leap of faith and find our [...]

Joining the Youth Brains Trust

November 8th, 2012

A little while ago, Lynsey from right here at TINO, sent me an email she thought I might be interested in. An organisation called the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre was putting together a Youth Brains Trust and were accepting applications. I had no idea what a cooperative research centre was, nor had I [...]

Surviving Suicide

November 7th, 2012

This is a very difficult topic to write about, for so many reasons. Not just because I have dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts myself, nor because I am part of a generation where many people know someone who has committed suicide, or tried to, but because it’s become a taboo topic within our society. [...]

The Facts of Life

November 5th, 2012

Everyone has their own set of problems in life. Some seem to suffer more than others but in everyone’s heart their problems affect them just as much as the next person and their problem, no matter the difference in severity. For me, my problems in life are medical, I suffer from a range of autoimmune [...]

The power of a smile

November 2nd, 2012

Have you ever heard the saying sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can rise up? I have because I was someone who hit rock bottom and needed to rise up. I was for such a long time a very angry person who did not appreciate the world, I had no respect and [...]

The Cold Shower Challenge

October 17th, 2012

About a month ago, my friend Rob turned to me after training one night and said “Man, have you heard of the 30 Day Cold Shower Challenge? I’ve been doing it for a few days now and it is amazing.” That’s all I needed to hear to try it. In fact, he could have stopped [...]

A note on following your dreams…

October 11th, 2012

Most people, by the time they are old enough to be classified as ‘youth’, will have been told or asked to set goals – or at least to consider doing so. Five-year goals, ten-year goals. Before-you-die goals. I, unfortunately, have always had a problem with setting goals. Even if I didn’t have my health getting [...]

Simply Living

October 7th, 2012

Life is simple. Really, really simple. I’ve come to believe that all you really need to be happy is food, sleep, and shelter from the elements. Companionship is good too, if you have some handy. Everything else is superfluous and just serves to complicate things. As I mentioned in a previous post about healthy eating, [...]

Healthy Eating

October 2nd, 2012

Have you ever given much thought to the sort of things you put in your body? More specifically, have you ever seriously considered the sort of food you eat? When you’re hungry, what kind of snack do you reach for? Are you more likely to pick up an apple, or open a bag of chips? [...]

Stuck In The Middle With You

September 24th, 2012

I can bet your bottom dollar that sometime in the past, or maybe even right now, you have been dragged into an argument between two friends fighting which has zip, zero, zilch to do with you. I can bet you have been used as a messenger, a halfway point between snarly comments or rumours or [...]

A Curious Observation of the Opposite Sex

September 17th, 2012

Lately at school we have been observing social behaviours of human beings and investigating the stereotypical labels that society places upon males and females. It has been said that men oppress women and vice versa. I was intrigued and decided to investigate further through by own super observation skills, not how males treat others, but [...]

Keeping Calming

September 13th, 2012

As someone who deals with anxiety and stress a lot – it tends to impact on my illness and make me sicker if I don’t pay attention – I have spent quite a few years gathering little techniques that assist me with feeling calmer and more centred. Of course, one of the most obvious of [...]

The Kindness of Giving

September 10th, 2012

What’s the best thing you’ve ever spent five bucks on? There are a couple of things that spring to mind when I ask myself that. Once, I beat that diabolically rigged arcade game “Stackers” and won an iPod for $5. Another time I found a bunch of rare Animorph books at a library book sale [...]

You are not your body

September 4th, 2012

In this blog, Xin take a look at how we perceive and value our bodies, and who the real us is. What’s more important: who you are, or the way people see you? What do you value more: a healthy body that doesn’t look particularly “attractive”, or an “attractive” body that’s quite unhealthy? Although the [...]

Body Image Awareness Week

September 3rd, 2012

This week is Body image Image and Eating Disorders Awareness week – something we are very passionate about at TINO.The following information is from the Body Image section of the gov site. You can also check out heaps of factsheets and videos in our very own body image and eating disorders topic pages. Body image [...]

P Plate Pleasure

August 24th, 2012

As we get older we begin to receive more and more independence and become responsible for our own lives and our own decisions. And that independence comes with the exciting privilege to be able to receive your Provisional license. Yes, the thought of holding a license is extremely exhilarating, but is also a big responsibility, [...]

A Cultural Experince

August 20th, 2012

Have you ever dared to wonder what it would be like to live in a stranger’s house away from your friends, family and most importantly away from your country? It sounds scary right? But have you ever wondered what it would be like to take someone into your home in your country and be able [...]

Staying Positive

August 13th, 2012

I try super hard to be positive, but that can be a hard and tiring approach to take 100% of the time, sometimes something just has an impact and the pack of cards take a topple. Still feeling a bit flat yesterday, I read a statement about leaving the past in the past, what’s done [...]

Flatmate Finances

July 30th, 2012

When it comes to flying the nest and renting a place of our own, often a shared house is one of the first steps. Finding housemates can range from the best of friends to people you don’t even know yet. Either way one thing you have to sort is the good old money money money [...]

The Hepatitis Alphabet – do you know your A, B, C?

July 25th, 2012

Since it’s Hepatitis Awareness Week (Monday 23rd July – Sunday 29th July) we are stoked to have WA’s Yep Crew along as guest bloggers to give us the ABC of hepatitis. Hepatitis is basically inflammation of the liver. The liver is responsible for assisting with digestion of food, storing nutrients, helping your body detox and [...]

The Final Count Down

July 17th, 2012

As adolescents it is a legal requirement that we attend school until of course we reach grade 10 and you reach a fork in the road…. enter full time work and leave, or stay until grade 12. Tough decision, correct? But most of us stay on and battle the final and senior years of schooling [...]

Book Review: Dark Jewels Trilogy

July 10th, 2012

Here on TINO we talk about any issue that can arise as we navigate life’s challenges. We also talk about the things which can help you get your get through, things that can make you feel good, for example our music section is brimming with tunes you have told us lift your mood. In today’s [...]