1: New Beginnings

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Welcome to the beginning of my newest blog containing all things mental health! I’m sure you are probably aware of the rapidly increasing rates of mental illness. However, if you’ve been living under a rock recently here are a few facts to enlighten you:

  • 1 in 5 Australians 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year.
  • Every day at least 6 Australian’s DIE from suicide and a further 30 make an attempt to end their own life.
  • Men are at greatest suicide risk, but also the least likely to seek help.
  • It is estimated that 65,300 people in Australia attempt to end their own lives in ONE year.

If you’re sitting here reading this thinking ‘HOLY SHIT BALLS, THAT MANY????’, don’t be alarmed. This is a perfectly normal reaction. Often we aren’t aware of how significant something can be until we experience it for ourselves. For those of you reading this that have struggled with your mental health- I commend you. You are here. You are strong. You are brave and inspiring. Plus, you’re reading what is potentially your new favourite blog . I hope this blog is something that will inspire you, give you something to relate to and allow you to explore different ways of coping. If you’ve never experienced mental illness I hope this blog can be something that will enlighten you. The rates of mental illness are so shockingly high that the chances are people around you may be struggling. It’s perfectly normal that you may not know how to approach them and this is something that will be covered in later posts.

Before we get down to the fun stuff here’s a little about me… I’m 23. Undergrad in psychology. Masters in social work. Optimist, mostly. Struggled with my own mental health from 16 onwards. Over time the maladaptive coping strategies I’d learned were transformed into less destructive ways of coping. Ever felt like you’ve gone around and around in the same old self sabotaging destructive circle a few too many times? Yeah, that was my life. However, our experiences help shape who we become. Even those experiences that feel too painful to get through. These are the ones that build character the most. If you’re going through one of these currently, I am telling you right now that you WILL get through this. Recovery is 100% achievable. I don’t regret any of my experiences and choices because they’ve led me to become who I am today.

Here’s some content I’m intending to cover:

-Instagram Vs Reality: The ‘idealised’ self
– Depression & Mood Disorders
– Anxiety Disorders
– Mental Wellness Tips
– Perfectionism
– Dealing with Narcissism
– The Formulation of Mental Disorders: Nature vs Nurture
– Motivation & Habits
– Limiting Beliefs & Self-worth
– Self Sabotage
– Healing from Trauma
– Grief, Loss & Guilt
– Personal Development & The Growth Mindset
– Attribution Styles
– Radical Acceptance
– Abandonment & Rejection

If there’s anything you’d like to see me write about please send me a message!
Until next time,

-B