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 [...]

Harassment In The Workplace

January 19th, 2012

The workplace should be a safe environment.  A place where you come to do your job and a place that you should feel comfortable around your co-workers, managers/superiors and customers. The workplace is a place where you should be free of harassment and a place that you should feel confident in at all times. That [...]

The best things in life are worth waiting for

December 13th, 2011

Only one month and 17 days left till I can hug and kiss my hunnie back home in Tassie. At the moment, I am visiting my family at my home-home where I grew up in America, New Jersey to be exact. I am really enjoying catching up with friends and getting to hang out and [...]

World AIDS Day: Why should I care?

November 30th, 2011

  Because HIV is still here and it could affect any of us. It is not restricted to the images we may be think of with from the news relating it activities such as injecting drug users or images of poverty-stricken people in Africa. In the 30 years since the first confirmed case, HIV/AIDS has [...]

My Story: Living with Chronic Illness Pt6

November 9th, 2011

Hello and welcome to the final installment of my blogs on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome! Through this series of blogs, I have talked about what CFS is, the stigma attached to chronic illness, diagnosis, treatments, and maintenance. Last time I even spoke about my own visit to a naturopath (check out the links at the end [...]

Risk or Recklessness?

November 3rd, 2011

In today’s blog our Youth Blogger Jess gives us an opinion piece about taking risks where alcohol and other drugs are concerned. Have a read and let us know what you think by leaving a comment and joining the conversation. It’s one thing to take chances. But when does risk end, and recklessness begin? Teenage [...]

My Story: Living with Chronic Illness Pt5

October 25th, 2011

Hello there everyone! Welcome to the fifth blog on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). This time I’m going to be talking about something a little different – my own visit to a Naturopath. Naturopaths can become a vital link in your medical team, and I love the fact that they use natural remedies to counter (and [...]

A story of amazing courage

October 13th, 2011

Today’s blog is an amazing tale of survival. Alanah shares with us her tale of growing up in very hard circumstances, ones that no one should have to cope with. Her stories tells of the hard times and the things that ultimately enabled her to get help and start a new life.

My Story:Living with Chronic Illness Pt 3

October 3rd, 2011

  Hello and welcome to the third installment of a series on chronic fatigue syndrome!! Again, my name is Bethwyn and this time I’ll be talking about the possible causes and risk factors that can lead to a diagnosis of CFS. I was originally going to mention some of the treatments available in this blog [...]

Living with Chronic Illness Part 2

September 27th, 2011

Hi again! So this is the second installment on chronic illness (Read part one here) – specifically around Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I’m Bethwyn, your guide of sorts through this complex and often confusing issue. Last time, I talked about common symptoms relating to CFS, and gave you an idea of what my mornings are like. [...]

Work it Out!!

September 23rd, 2011

School and university holidays are quickly approaching and we all know what that means… We can do whatever we want (score)! Although with all this free time and Christmas just around the corner, here are some cheap alternatives for your much deserved break. How about a game of Ultimate Frisbee? It’s a combination of Frisbee, [...]

My Story: Living with Chronic Illness Pt 1

September 20th, 2011

I’ve just woken up. This is a difficult part of the day – it takes me at least an hour and a half to kick my body into gear, often longer. And force isn’t going to help. I slowly raise myself to a sitting position and stay there for a little while; assessing what hurts [...]

Alcohol and Pregnancy

September 8th, 2011

9th September is International FASD Day, a day that aims to raise awareness of the risks for an unborn child from drinking alcohol during pregnancy. It is marked by 9 seconds of reflection on the 9th September at 9:09am. As the sun rises in the east, this special event begins in New Zealand, then Australia, [...]

Coping with the Curve Ball

August 11th, 2011

What happens when the bad stuff lands smack bang on your doorstep or life chucks you a curve ball? Sometimes I block out everything that makes the world not seem like the great, fantastic world I want it to be. I think I deliberately make myself busy during news time and never seem lose myself [...]

Think Before You Ink

July 26th, 2011

Tatts and piercings are really popular at the moment. They make a strong statement about who you are, can have some real meaning and significance to you, and we can’t lie – they can look awesome! But with this Thursday being World Hepatitis Day what sort of stuff do you need to consider before getting [...]

Eating Disorders – You Are Not Alone

June 13th, 2011

An eating disorder is a serious mental illness that involves preoccupation with control over one’s body weight, shape, eating and exercising. It can be a way of dealing with underlying unresolved emotional and psychological issues. An eating disorder is not a lifestyle choice. The incidence of eating disorders affects 2-3% of the Australian population, a [...]

Magical Menstrual Products

March 23rd, 2011

The choices you never knew you had!   Most female-bodied people have a menstrual cycle – that is, they get their period. In a nutshell, for an average of 5 days a week (but anywhere from 1 day to 9 days) the uterus is busy expelling uterine lining and blood through the vagina. When young [...]

Deconstructing Your Monthly Mensies

March 17th, 2011

Confused about your period? Need a no-frills, easy-to-understand guide to Auntie Flo? Then prepare to get educated as one girl swan-dives into the magical world of menstruation!

Exam time – the in’s and out’s of the actual exam

October 26th, 2010

  For many of you at school, college and uni you are faced with exams, exams and more exams. Our exams topic page and managing stress section has information on how to study effectively and how to cope with results but what about preparing for the actual exam? What do you need know? What do [...]