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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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 18/6/17

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 18/06/17 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 limiting beliefs with the incredible Tony Robbins, a look at hypnosis for both pain control and confidence, stepping outside of your comfort zone with confidence, reframing death to gain more out of life, how to be a good listener, anxiety and depression within the LGBT community and, lastly, a chat with David Clark who talks about his experience of being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. 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. Tony Robbins: Change Your Limiting Beliefs (Tony Robbins 2017) By Law of Attraction Coaching Life can get tough and it usually does so from time to time. There are times we are ready to give up. Then there are times when all we want to do is curl up in our beds and disappear under our blankets. However, a truly powerful person…

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OUTthink Podcast – David Clark On Exploring Bipolar Disorder

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OUTthink Podcast – David Clark On Exploring Bipolar Disorder David Clark was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder back in 2011. Up until that point, he had absolutely no idea that he had been living with bipolar although he acknowledges that there had been signs. In this OUTthink, David shares his experience of being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, the experience of ‘brain snaps’ and how he has been able to take this diagnosis and turn it into something positive. About Our Guest, David Clark Dave is an accredited Master Practitioner in NLP, drawing on past skills and experience as a Project Manager and Business Excellence Model assessor. During his career he has worked in a variety of fields including social research, evaluation, training, project management, change management and Board capacity and capability development. More recently he has embarked on a more personal voyage of discovery exploring the field of personal development and is now coaching others drawing on the skills, knowledge and experience he has gathered over the past 25 years. For more information about David, check out his website The Lime Green Solutions. You can also find information about David’s book ‘WTF! Life Is Not Always What It Seems’ on Amazon…

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Release Hypnosis’s Lawrence Akers on JOY FM

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Release Hypnosis’s Lawrence Akers on JOY FM Many years ago… in fact, back in my 20s, I used to have a radio show on JOY FM. It wasn’t much of a success. To be honest, I think I look back and even cringe a little. It was, however, at a time when both JOY FM and I personally were finding our feet. Twenty years on and I like to think we’re both a little older, wiser, and far more professional. After recently appearing on an episode of OUTthink, Dean Beck very kindly returned the favour and asked me to come in and do an episode of JOY FM’s highly rating Wednesday night show ‘Hide and Seek’. Despite trying to conceal a hideous cold, I made my way into the studio. Hoping that the cold and flu tablets were not going to reduce my to a rambling mess (yes, they were original recipe on demand so that I could actually breath properly!), I had to admit that Dean and Ben made it a really enjoyable experience. I know I walked out afterwards thinking that it really didn’t feel like an hour and that there were some questions that we began to…

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