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Image Expectations

July 31st, 2014

With Fresh Faced Friday coming up on the 5th September, Bethwyn get us thinking about image expectations, both the ones we place on ourselves, and ones people place upon us. ___ During the end of Primary School, and all of High School, I convinced myself that I was ‘average-looking’. This may not sound too bad, [...]

Differing Signals: How to be who you are despite confusing messages

July 31st, 2014

I’m quite introverted. I have nothing against extroverts at all – I think it’s so great that they are able to go out and socialise so often, and to have personalities that are often described as ‘go-getters’ or ‘bright sparks’. That’s amazing. But it’s not me. I spend a lot of time either alone or [...]

Releasing Control

July 31st, 2014

There have been so many tragedies on the news lately, planes going missing, planes being shot down. Wars happening. World leaders acting less than ideally. And so many problems happening within Australia that people are beginning to question whether we are really the kind and calm people we were once painted to be. And then [...]

Be Kind to Yourself

July 30th, 2014

“To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” ee cummings   When was the last time you looked in the mirror and thought, “I look great; I am [...]

What I would say to High-School-Me

July 24th, 2014

Inspired by the blog DearHolly, our blogger Beth writes to her High-School-Me — I don’t really like the idea of regrets – so I feel like either you do something or you don’t. Having said that, though, I think there are quite a few people who would like to go back and talk to themselves [...]

Are you acting listening or actively listening?

July 22nd, 2014

There are always going to be people who offer you advice, regardless of whether you asked for it. We do it to others, they do it to us. We want to relate, to interact with one another, and so the more logical choice when someone is telling another of their issues is to immediately search [...]

DearHolly If I could talk to my 13 year old self…

July 11th, 2014

We are very pleased to have a guest blog post by Jessica Barlow of the DearHolly Project -   -   – How many times have you wished that you could hit rewind and try everything all over again? If you’re anything like me, I’m willing to bet that the number in your head is spiraling into [...]

A Guide to Not Complaining

June 23rd, 2014

I would like to start by remarking on an observation I have made. Previously when people have asked me the generic opening line “Hi, how are you?”, I made it my goal to give them an honest and unique answer rather than the generic “I’m good thanks”. I would pick some part of how I [...]

Who are you – but those around you?

May 21st, 2014

Being a human is a constant battle of identity development – deciding who you are going to be, what you are going to do. It can be a real challenge trying to ‘be’ the right person, and figuring out how to go about this process at all. Last night I heard a quote that confronted [...]

How to: Schedule Life In

May 13th, 2014

*If anyone freaks out partway through, you can jump ahead to the bottom – but try and read through the rest J 1. Take a blank piece of paper. Stare at it a bit, turn it round, scrumple it up, unfold it, and flatten it out. Now you have an accurate canvas to start with, [...]

Music – finding a common ground

May 5th, 2014

As a US-native 20-something living in Australia for the first time, Tune In Not Out (TINO) www.tuneinnotout.com struck me as a resource which I intuitively understood, and have never seen the likes of before. The ‘Tune Your Mood’ page www.tuneinnotout.com/music with its interactive playlists and ability to talk about what the music does for you [...]

When worlds collide

April 22nd, 2014

As a sociology student, I’ve learnt about societal norms – things that are accepted as normal within society. Part of this concept is the fact that sub-cultures (e.g. mini groups of people) in society may have different ‘normals’ to the big culture – and as you can guess, this can cause issues. I’ve discovered this [...]

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.

How to Recover from an Operation: Simple Hints

April 1st, 2014

A few weeks ago I had to head into hospital for a day procedure – mostly to check that certain parts of me were working effectively. I don’t know if anyone reading this will ever need to have an operation but, if you do, keep the below in mind so you can recover – not [...]

No one has to be superman/women

March 25th, 2014

It started with what I thought was a bad case of the flu that didn’t go away – and so the doctors’ visits began. Waiting rooms began to blend into one another, blood tests became as normal as eating breakfast, and results came back as negative as I felt. No one could give me an [...]

Getting my priorities straight

March 19th, 2014

Someone once told me that I ‘needed to get my priorities straight’. That ticked me off. Here I was, studying year 12 as well as working weekends and someone had the gall to tell me I needed to get my priorities straight – ha! I have always been a high achiever – with school work, [...]

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 [...]

On Self-Love and Beauty

December 23rd, 2013

I realised something pretty interesting today. I was watching an inspiring video over on YouTube by a favourite vlogger called Ashley (watch it above – about 6 mins, you will enjoy and also learn how to do a cool ponytail ‘thingie’),  and she was talking about how beauty is perceived and how nobody has that [...]

Dreaming of Africa

December 19th, 2013

Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to go to Africa. Don’t ask me why. It was just something I had grown up wanting to do, but somewhere in the business of high school and university I forgot about it, and focus became on passing subjects, making enough money to survive another week, and [...]

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 [...]

“Great! Now what?”

December 9th, 2013

How to Keep Busy Now that You’ve Finished School If you were in year 12 in 2013, like me, then you’re probably in that anxious time before you receive your results and ATAR score, and even longer for university offers if you did not receive early entry. This period is a time of massive change [...]

Year 12 Pressure

December 4th, 2013

“I’ll be the first to admit it – I’m a stresser. Two years into uni, and every time exams come up I still feel like I’m going to spontaneously either hyperventilate or breakdown in the middle of an exam, which will then ruin my chances at everything I ever do for the rest of my [...]

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 [...]

The Problem with Vitamin I

November 12th, 2013

There is an overdose of Vitamin I in the world. What’s Vitamin I, you ask? Well, noble reader whose silence I interpret as a polite curiosity, let me explain. It is the attitude that “I” am more important than “you”, or “they” or “anything else”. And this might seem reasonable, sensible even, but I believe [...]

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 [...]

My first blog post; A little (well, a lot) about me.

October 2nd, 2013

Hey guys! My name is Megan and I am super excited to be a TINO blogger. I am 18 years old and just graduated high school last year. Life after high school has been a bit weird to say the least, but that is directly linked to my life IN high school. This is the [...]

Making room for Twilight

September 17th, 2013

Okay, from the title of this blog, you’re probably thinking that I’m going to talk to you about the intellectual merits of books written by Stephenie Meyer, or perhaps wax lyrical about why Jacob is superior to Edward in every way. Well, sorry to disappoint, but that’s not my main purpose to writing this.   [...]

Fighting: Advice from a martial artist

September 17th, 2013

I’ve been practicing the martial arts for a long time. In over ten years of study (some of which I was training five or six days a week), I have learned many lessons, and there is one in particular that I want to share with you. There is a persistent but unspoken assumption that being [...]

Land of Mindfulness P2

August 27th, 2013

Follow-up Smiling Mind Thoughts For the last two months, Xin and Bethwyn have tried out the free guided meditation service Smiling Mind (available online here or for from the Apple App store). After writing about their initial impressions, this time they will discuss what benefits and challenges they have experienced from Smiling Mind since they [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

The Art of Joyriding

July 7th, 2013

A little while ago, a man told me this story. One day he was driving along on the freeway when there was a crash on the road ahead of him. A truck carrying watermelons had been rear-ended by another car, and the two drivers got out and started arguing furiously about whose fault it was. [...]

Land of Mindfulness Pt 1

June 20th, 2013

Hi guys, this is Beth and Xin here, and today we’re just going to share our experiences on the meditation and mindfulness program “Smiling Mind“. So let’s get started. About the Smiling Minds Program Beth: Both of us have talked about mindfulness in our previous blogs Keeping Calm and How to be Unemployed and Meaningful [...]

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 [...]

Book Review: Secret Men’s Business

June 3rd, 2013

John Marsden’s Secret Men’s Business is one of the greatest coming-of-age books ever written. It is a straightforward guide to how to be a man. And not just a stereotypically hyper-masculine sort of man, but a real, genuinely mature, responsible bloke that people will have reason to respect. Although I’d say it’s aimed at young [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The S word

March 25th, 2013

Language shapes the way we see the world. When we are infants, we have no way of articulating the overwhelming flood of stimuli we are experiencing. As we learn to speak, we start to categorise the world into easily-understandable groups. We understand “dog” refers to the small things with four legs, “tomorrow” is the day [...]

How to be unemployed and meaningful

March 18th, 2013

I studied for about eighteen consecutive years before I decided that I would take some time off. Study had been all I’d ever known, and for the most part, I was pretty good at it. But in my fourth year of my degree, I realised that (for various reasons) I was no longer passionate about [...]

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 [...]

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? [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Feeling SAD – what is the weather like outside?

June 25th, 2012

Last week we asked you via a Facebook survey if the weather affected how you feel – Yes or No. It was a clear YES. With 89%  saying YES and 11% No. So what is all that about? Well in his latest blog Xin sheds some light on the issue… I don’t know about you [...]

Help, Get Me Out of Here!

June 20th, 2012

Have you ever had that feeling when life seems too much and you lose track of who you are? . Have you ever felt run down and exhausted, like you have no energy to get back on track and keep up with the fast-pace life has? . Have you ever wanted to press pause and [...]

Eating on a Budget

June 19th, 2012

In today’s blog, Janine shares her tips for eating on a budget… Eating on a budget usually leads people to eating unhealthy and unappetizing meals. However, there are many ways to save money without having to sacrifice health or flavor. I believe that every morsel we put in our mouths should be savored and enjoyed. [...]

The Modern Day Vampire (aka, Donating blood!)

June 11th, 2012

As soon as I turned the ripe ol’ age of sixteen, I took the big scary bus into the city and started giving blood. Since then I have continued to give blood every three months except this one time I had to wait 6 months because I went and got a tattoo. I was actually [...]

The Juggling Act of a Young Carer

June 5th, 2012

When I think of young carers, I like to picture covert agents sneaking in and out of situations with that Hollywood style grace. I imagine superhuman leaps between school and home, getting the person that they care for out of bed, dressed and fed while finishing the assignment that was forgotten the night before. But [...]

The Winter Chills

June 1st, 2012

It’s that time of year again! The air is getting colder, mornings are getting darker, the breeze is chillier and the heater is cranking at full speed, so we all know what that means… It’s Winter! Winter is a wonderful time of year for those who enjoy the cold, but can be the pinnacle of [...]

Interview with Two Music Therapists

May 22nd, 2012

This week is Making Music Being Well week, as part of MMBW we have launched a new topic page all about Music and our Mental Health and a competition; Tune Your Mood where you can create an online music playlist that you find helps you navigate life. So all this centres around music therapy – but [...]

Overcoming my Pap Smear Fear

May 14th, 2012

Being a young female, Pap smears are something I have to do. Yes, that is a fact I 100% understand, know all the reasons and would highly encourage any friend to get done – so why did I leave it four years between my last one? We are supposed to go every 2 years, so [...]

Beating the Cold and Flu

May 1st, 2012

It is that time of year again when we can expect to see “I’m sick” Facebook updates, friends off school and work mates skipping a shift because of either a cold or the flu. So in today’s blog we take a quick look at how we can try and prevent getting either of these, but [...]

Managing Depression: Pt 6

January 31st, 2012

Welcome the final in our series about Managing Depression written by 21 year old Bethwyn. Bethwyn has taken us from signs and symptoms, to treatment and how to help a friend who may be suffering from depression. We want to say a big thank to Bethwyn for sharing her story as one of our Youth [...]