10 things you can do to make a difference in the work place…

(1) Talk openly about mental health. (2) Share your own personal experience of a mental health condition [if you feel comfortable doing so] (3) Encourage open communication when problems arise and help to find solutions. (4) Respect other people and celebrate difference. (5) Be open to learning about mental health conditions and other people’s experiences. (6) Respect the privacy of others. (7) Be a positive role model – be genuine in your actions and promote the kind of culture that inspires people to do their best. (8)  Speak up if you see instances of bullying – harassment or discrimination. (9) Cooperate with workplace policies and procedures and support initiatives aimed at improving mental health in the workplace. (10) Understand how your workplace can support you and how you can access help if you need it. This information was provided by:- Heads Up ...

Conversion Disorder

Definition – see video link below By Mayo Clinic Staff Conversion disorder, also called functional neurological symptom disorder, is a condition in which you show psychological stress in physical ways. The condition was so named to describe a health problem that starts as a mental or emotional crisis — a scary or stressful incident of some kind — and converts to a physical problem. For example, in conversion disorder, your leg may become paralyzed after you fall from a horse, even though you weren’t physically injured. Conversion disorder signs and symptoms appear with no underlying physical cause, and you can’t control them. Signs and symptoms of conversion disorder typically affect your movement or your senses, such as the ability to walk, swallow, see or hear. Conversion disorder symptoms can vary in severity and may come and go or be persistent. The outcome may be better in younger children than in teenagers and adults. According to some experts, most people get better with immediate and proper management. Symptoms By Mayo Clinic Staff Conversion disorder symptoms may appear suddenly after a stressful event or trauma, whether physical or psychological. Signs and symptoms that affect movement function may include: Weakness or paralysis Abnormal movement, such as tremors or difficulty walking Loss of balance Difficulty swallowing or “a lump in the throat” Seizures or convulsions Episode of unresponsiveness Signs and symptoms that affect the senses may include: Numbness or loss of the touch sensation Speech problems, such as inability to speak or slurred speech Vision problems, such as double vision or blindness Hearing problems or deafness When to see a doctor It’s best...

One Strike and your Out! – sign the petition

Australia Needs Rekiah’s Law – Jesse O’Donnell Diamond Creek, Australia On the 11th October 2013, I received the most gut wrenching phone call from my father. He had called to tell me that my 22 year old sister, Rekiah, had been murdered – shot in the head by the person who claimed to love her, Nelson Lai. Nelson had mentally and physically abused my sister for months on end, beating her, holding knives to her throat, kicking her in stomach, accusing her of cheating – which, when she denied, threatened to kill her until she admitted to being unfaithful. Rekiah would lie and tell Nelson she had feelings for other men, just to get a break from the abuse, as it seemed to satisfy his ice-fuelled frenzy. Nelson threatened to kill her on so many occasions, it became the norm. When Rekiah wanted to leave the relationship, Nelson would threaten to kill her family and her friends. My sister was a beautiful, headstrong woman. When she wanted something, she would stop at nothing to achieve it. She had a fierce determination and love for her family and friends, and always looked for the best in people. She saw something in Nelson – something that no one else could – and begged him to seek help. She would read psychology books and give him pamphlets on domestic violence. Yet, this murderer, Nelson Lai, did not care. At approximately 9am on October 11th, he shot my sister in the head. Nelson finally followed through on all his death threats. Nelson’s defence in court for the months of abuse and Rekiah’s murder, included...

The ARK meets each Month – Women connecting with Women “History”

Women connecting with Women, all ages children. Come along for support & social activities. Gatherings held at Bribie Island, Caboolture & Nambour at this stage. Ring Valerie 0427485970 for locations and times.  The ARK meets each Month excluding Dec, Jan & Public Holidays. # Brennan Park on Bribie # CJs Pastries Caboolture  (near Railway Station) # Quota Park Nambour Come along and enjoy a few laughs, good company, outings, activities, discuss topics of interest, share your expertise and survival skills on how to cope with the ups and downs of this world. Look forward to your call! Cheers Valerie [Founder & Administrator] of 1800MUMMYS & The ARK   Dogs are welcome at park meetings!                     Mums, Bubs & Children – Suitable for ALL AGES               IN THE BEGINNING……….. The ARK was formulated in 2013 by myself Valerie Carter [Founder & Administrator] of 1800MUMMYS after speaking with over 100 ladies in the Bribie and Sunshine Coast areas. Most of the ladies were struggling with loneliness, anxiety, empty nest, grief or just wanting fun and adventure. The SHED a men’s group was showing great success, so i decided i would establish something similar. My back ground was events management and charity work so running such a group was definitely something i was comfortable with. The first meeting was to take place on 25/2/13 however Bribie decided to have heavy rain falls on the day. I still had the meeting however i conducted it over the phone ringing ladies that hard previously showed interest. At the following gatherings, which at the...