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 [...]

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 [...]

When a suicidal friend talks to you about what they’re feeling.

January 20th, 2015

In the past I’ve had many different friends, with many different feelings, talk with me about a various amount of things, but a few weeks ago for the first time one of my friends came out as having severe depression and that he’s thought about suicide before. It’s a confronting thing, and hard for both [...]

Hearing Voices

January 12th, 2015

Throughout history, every culture has had a small group of people who have experienced things that no one else was aware of. Sometimes they heard a ringing in their ears, a buzzing or other annoying sound (ala tinnitus). Sometimes they saw visions of ghosts, angels or animals. Most commonly, people have heard voices in their [...]

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 [...]

When the world blows up – before and after

November 26th, 2014

There are certain events in our lives that often make us feel like there is a before and an after – defining moments, which often get treated as detrimental milestones. A house fire, a family or relationship breakdown, a car accident – moments when the rest of the world seems to cease in existence, and [...]

100 Happy Days Challenge

September 24th, 2014

In this post our blogger, Xin, tells us about undertaking the 100 Happy Days Challenge. A little while ago I completed the 100 Happy Days Challenge. The idea of the challenge was to post a picture of something that made you happy to social media, or if you didn’t want to publicise it you could [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Helping those with mental wellness issues

June 16th, 2014

Today we have a international youth guest blogger who is currently working in Australia, sharing her experience of the support group SARDAA. As a volunteer for several mental health organizations, I have observed many approaches to helping those with mental wellness issues. Although these organizations have the best intentions, the many options can be overwhelming. [...]

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) struck me as a resource which I intuitively understood, and have never seen the likes of before. The ‘Tune Your Mood’ page with its interactive playlists and ability to talk about what the music does for you [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Mental Health First Aid

May 8th, 2012

When you get a cut or a scrape, you usually have your own first aid kit to help out with that, don’t you? You get some antiseptic cream or wash, maybe grab a bandaid. When you get sick, you have vitamin c tablets, or cough syrup. Many people will have their own specific first aid [...]

Dressing up my mood

March 26th, 2012

  OK,  so this blog comes from me, who no one could describe as a fashion queen, not even a princess, not sure I even get in the castle. I don’t really enjoy shopping, I just wish my wardrobe would re populate itself, you know my favourite top smooches with my second favourite top and [...]

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 [...]

Managing Depression Pt 5

January 24th, 2012

Hi and welcome to the fifth installment on depression!! This post is directed towards those people that may not be suffering from depression themselves, but may know someone who IS suffering. Sometimes it can be bewildering to know that someone in your life is dealing with this and not knowing much about it at all. [...]

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 [...]

Managing Depression Pt 4

January 11th, 2012

I’ve had a bit of a break for the holidays, but welcome back to this blog series on Depression! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. It is important to remember that, while these times are often full of joy and togetherness, they can also be an especially hard time for anyone experiencing mental [...]

Managing Depression Pt3

December 14th, 2011

Welcome back to this series of blogs on depression (and, to a lesser extent, anxiety!). This time I’ll be talking about getting diagnosed and who to reach out to for help. Now, as I mentioned in my last post, reaching out for help can be the most difficult part of having depression. Sure, the ‘having’ [...]

Managing my Depression Pt2

December 2nd, 2011

Hello again! Welcome to the second installment on depression and anxiety. During this post I will talk about signs and symptoms, and what they can mean if you’re experiencing them. I’ll also be mentioning a couple of sites that I have found to be quite useful before, so I hope that they help you. Shall [...]

Managing my Depression Pt 1

November 23rd, 2011

Hi and welcome to a new series of blogs on depression and anxiety. My name is Bethwyn – you may recognise that name from another series of blogs that I worked on all about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This new series will follow a similar style – I will be talking about my own experiences with [...]

Asking R U OK?

September 11th, 2011

Thursday 15 September, 2011 is R U OK?Day. A national day of action that aims to prevent suicide by encouraging Australians to connect with someone they care about and help stop little problems turning into big ones. R U OK? Day is about getting everyone from across the country, from all backgrounds and walks of [...]

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 [...]

Abusive relationships: More than just violence

July 18th, 2011

What do you imagine when you hear the words “abusive relationship”? Many people think of violent scenarios like a woman being beaten by her partner, or a friend coming to school with a black eye after a fight with her boyfriend. But victims of abusive relationships don’t always have obvious symptoms like bruises or black [...]

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 [...]

Schizophrena – Get Informed – Break the Stigma

May 16th, 2010

This week is Schizophrenia Awareness Week. Do you know exactly what Schizophrenia is? Did you know that it affects 1 in 100 Australians a year? So that probably means that you know someone living with schizophrenia – you may just not know it. Did you know that the common onset age is 15 – 34 [...]