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World AIDS Day 2017

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World AIDS Day 2017 World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. Over the past few years, we’ve seen some incredible advancements in the fight against HIV and even steps towards potentially finding a cure. All this is news that is worth getting truly excited about, especially given current estimates see approximately 32 million people globally living with HIV. The fight against HIV and AIDS is not over yet. We have a generation of adults now who have never known a world without the presence of HIV and AIDS. Coupled with the fact that HIV is no longer a death sentence, it seems to be that there has become an increase in the amount of activity that could potentially transmit the virus and an apathy towards the outcome. We need to realise that the fight against HIV and AIDS is not over yet and that we do have the potential, if we all play our part, to eradicate this…

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OUTthink Will Be Back In 2018

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OUTthink Will Be Back In 2018 A little over a year ago, the first episode of the podcast OUTthink was published to the world. The aim of OUTthink was simple; to create more discussion and awareness around the LGBTQIA community and mental health issues. Over the course of the first ‘season’, our topics ranged from discussions on transgender, sexual fluidity, anxiety, shifting friendships, HIV acceptance, the impact of shame, and even a look at how we use comedy as a form of defense mechanism. In each episode, the aim was to have a casual conversation that held no objective other than to explore the topic openly and to consider what advice or insight our guests could offer based on their own experiences. What next for OUTthink? I’d really love to hear from people as to what kinds of topics and guests they would like the podcast to explore next. Our guests tend to fall into two categories; people who are specialists in their area and who can offer us advice or people who have experienced challenges and difficulties and who has a resilience that is inspiring and insightful. If there is one aim I have with OUTthink, it is to…

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POSITIVE CHANGE Campaign 2017

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POSITIVE CHANGE Campaign 2017 – Hypnosis To Help! Every year, Release Hypnosis runs POSITIVE CHANGE; an opportunity for people to get the change that they want while helping people living with HIV to get the change that they need. This year is no exception. What is POSITIVE CHANGE? The concept is simple; book in a session during December, work on the change that you wish to achieve, pay what you feel the session is worth (terms and conditions apply, refer to the link at the end of the article) and leave the session knowing that your payment is also going towards the Victorian AIDS Council to assist in the increase of awareness of HIV as well as helping those people who are living with HIV. I’ve had very mixed results over the past two years of running the campaign and it has made me aware of the fact that December can often be a difficult time to promote making a positive change in your life. This is the time of year where there are plenty of social gatherings, end of year cheer, drinks, parties; all the things that are likely to trigger vices such as drinking too much, eating too…

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Mental Health Maintenance During the Same Sex Postal Vote

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Maintaining Mental Health During the Same-Sex Postal Vote The internet and media have been flooded with the conversation about marriage equality for the past few years now, however, nothing has compared to the level of exposure it has received over the past few weeks. Along with it has come an alarming amount of anxiety and shame that many had felt they had dealt with and resolved long ago. While we can’t prevent people from voicing their beliefs, we can learn how to ensure we protect and maintain our own mental health and allow ourselves to become mentally stronger and resilient. Since the idea of a marriage equality plebiscite was first presented, there has been strong resistance to it from mental health organisations who were concerned that it would cause mental hardship on the LGBT community. In the past week, many mental health organisations have spoken about the sharp increase on their services from LGBT youth who are struggling with this vicious debate with some organisations having a 20% increase in their calls. While the government promised a ‘civilized debate’, the ability to facilitate this around such a personal topic that people care passionately about was always going to be in…

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OUTthink – When Joey Dumped Keane

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OUTthink – When Joey Dumped Keane (Or When Friends Just Disappear) What did I do? In this episode of OUTthink, we’re going to take a look at what happens when you start to lose friends and you’re not entirely sure why. For most people, their circle of friends is absolutely vital to them. For the LGBT community, who may not always have the support of their families, their friends might be the closest thing they have instead. So what happens when you have friends who suddenly seem to just disappear on you? The ones who just ‘went strange’ and no longer wanted to talk to you? The ones who accused you of being something that you’re completely not? Even the ones who you would’ve said knew you better than anyone else, and then they just vanish? For many people, it can bring up deep-rooted feelings of not fitting in, of being flawed, of not being loveable. For others, it may leave them constantly wondering what they did wrong as they go on an endless search to find meaning to an otherwise meaningless event. Even in this current political climate where the emotions of the LGBT community can be heightened from…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 27/8/17

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 27/08/17 Getting Mental Health On The Line is our weekly post that acts as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as counselling skills, Jungian Archetypes philosophy, Reality Therapy, creating morning habits, a look at the psychological impact of the marriage equality postal survey and, lastly, even a bit of Ericksonian work to deal with grief. Counselling Practical Basics By Marc de Bruin Your Amazing Brain – BB4 Thinking differently By Your Amazing Brain 3.0 Information and exploration about the brain and how to use that information in daily life and psychotherapeutic practice. See the whole series and much more at www.richardhill.com.au/ 10 Morning Routine Habits of Successful People By Practical Psychology Jungian Archetypes and Personality By AllCEUs Counseling Education Ericksonian Hypnotic Storytelling: The Farmer: Bedtime Story Which Helps The Grieving Process By Dan Jones Hypnosis This Ericksonian hypnotic bedtime story is about a farmer and his experiences of farming and of having a family. Not only does this bedtime story help you to sleep, but if you need it to with regular…

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OUTthink – Talking About Marriage Equality with Joe Busuttil

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OUTthink – Talking About Marriage Equality with Joe Busuttil OUTthink returns just as the debate on same sex marriage heats up While we only took a short break, the reignition of the marriage equality debate proved to be something truly worth discussing. Even the Australian Medical Association recognises marriage equality as being a physical and mental health issue. For Joe and I, the discussion isn’t so much about wanting to marry as it is around being seen as equal and able to explore that option if we decided that was what we wanted to do. For many LGBTQIA couples in long term relationship, the ability to have marriage equality is going to see them have the same rights and experiences as their non-LGBTQIA family and friends. The debate leading up to the postal vote is only going to get nastier and nastier, and it will be wise for LGBTQIA folk to distance themselves from some of the more hateful and personal attacks that they may encounter over the course of the next few months. Time out from social media and being able to recognise that the insecurities being projected say more about the people making the claims than them themselves…

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OUTthink Is Taking a Quick Break… And Will Be Back Soon!

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OUTthink Is Taking a Quick Break… And Will Be Back Soon! As you can imagine, it takes a lot of time to continue to produce a podcast series like OUTthink. Between approaching guests, organising times, recording, editing, uploading and publicising, there is a lot of work involved! With that in mind, OUTthink is taking a short break to make time to record new guests and to get some insightful and engaging content together. We’ve got some awesome guests coming up in the very near future! In the meantime, there is six months of OUTthink to go back over if you haven’t heard them all already. Below are some of the most successful episodes as streamed on Youtube to date! Ep 9 – Brian Madigan – Naked Gay Man Brian Madigan runs Get Naked Guru and this podcast looks at stripping ourselves down to our vulnerable self and being authentic. It is also the one and only video OUTthink podcast we’ve done to date but something that we’re exploring as a more regular format in the near future. Ep 11 – Matthew Cooksey – The Velvet Rage I approached Matthew to do an OUTthink episode on the book, ‘The Velvet Rage’…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 09/07/17

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 09/07/17 Getting Mental Health On The Line is our weekly post that acts as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as an exploration of the brain-body connection in neurological rehabilitation, a look at Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), utilising NLP to create meaning and purpose in your life, how our brain is being hacked by social media, mindfulness meditation, and a look at the psychology of drag! If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. Train the Brain: Exploring the Brain-Body Connection in Neurological Rehabilitation By University of California Television (UCTV) ACT What Every Counselor Should Know | Counselor Toolbox Episode 149 By AllCEUs Counseling Education The Secret To Creating Life Defining Moments – NLP Mind Hack By NLP Gym In this video, Damon Cart explains how we create life defining moments even though it may seem like it’s just chance. If you want to know more about using NLP to create meaning and purpose…

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OUTthink – Polly Filla – The Psychology of Drag

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OUTthink – Polly Filla – The Psychology of Drag What prompts a gay man to become a drag queen? Or, for that matter, a lesbian to become a drag king? Is it performance art? Is it a psychological mask? Is it a creation of ‘someone more fabulous’, aimimng to reach more visually for the ‘ideal self’? Love them or hate them, drag queens and kings are often seen as the face of the gay community. They’re highly visual and recognisable, whereas many gay men will go through life not being ‘obvious’. You could see them as the court jester or as some form of demi-god; the reality is that, when in drag, another version of their self comes forward and they can often get away with so much more than they would out of drag. You also need to consider those drag performers who have been almost covert in their activism. Legendary Melbourne performer Kerrie Le Gore was instrumental in bringing the Safe Sex message to the Melbourne community when it desperately needed. A little while back, I wrote an article on the psychology of drag and I thought it might be interesting to turn the topic into an OUTthink…

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