Grant J Everett
As reading official figures is about as exciting as a cardboard sandwich on stale brown bread, the Australian Bureau of Statistics put together a short animated video about their latest findings when it comes to our health and habits. As this is a very broad subject, the ABS primarily focused on preventable risk factors to our health, which included all the usual suspects: smoking, drinking, obesity, and a lack of exercise. The animated video can be viewed here.
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Grevillea Cottages at Mount Druitt is a place where people with mental health issues can stay while accessing a combination of services to help their recovery. It is a place where you can receive clinical services without being admitted to hospital, and it also has the social support services that we offer at our other RichmondPRA sites.
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To disclose or not to disclose? ELIZABETH KEMPERS, who accesses RichmondPRA’s Taree service, describes her own experiences in disclosing a mental illness in the workplace.
Whether you disclose a mental illness to anyone at work or not is a personal choice, and not one to take lightly. It can make or break your career, so careful thought is required.
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WARREN HEGGARTY then looks at the pros, cons and legalities of disclosing one’s sexual orientation in the workplace.
John Browne, a former CEO of the Oil Company BP, was forced to resign in 2007 when a former gay lover sold his story to a newspaper. Shortly afterwards, Walmart withdrew an offer for him to join that company’s board because the publicity might have harmed the company which is based in Arkansas, not a gay-friendly state. Although he feels that life has since become easier for LGBT people, Browne says he regrets the fact that he was not open enough about his orientation before the newspaper story revealed it in the worst possible light.
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by Warren Heggarty
The more people who feel confident enough to disclose, the easier it will become for others to gain employment because it will normalise the idea of people with mental illness being in paid, open employment.
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By Grant J Everett
Nepean Hospital hosted a forum called An Evening with OCD and Me to raise awareness about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Dr Vlasios Brakoulias ran the event, and he’d invited along quite a few highly-accomplished experts who specialise in the many different facets of OCD, including the psychological, pharmaceutical and behavioural aspects.
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KEN HUA describes what he did when he experienced a recurrence of depression. This time, he began to think it would never leave him! Luckily, the experience confirmed some of his old knowledge and taught him some new things about managing his health as well.
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