Mental illness and University

University is easy. It’s like riding a bike. And the bike is on fire and you’re on fire and everything is on fire because you’re in hell. Let’s face it. University is bloody hard, mental illness or not. Here are just some of the pressures that today’s students may face. – Pressure to succeed academically – Comparison to others – Transition from high school to tertiary level – Relocation – Meeting new people – Finances – Student debt – Exam and assessment stress – Worry… View Post

Australian Genetics of Depression Study

A few months ago, I came across an article about the Australian Genetics of Depression study who were putting a call out for participants. The study, which is being performed by QIMR Berghofer, is part of an international collaboration which aims to identify the genetic risks factors associated with clinical depression and how a person’s genes could influence the risk of developing depression. From firsthand experience, depression is not easy to treat. I have trialled four different medications, my most recent being last week so… View Post

Men’s Health Week 2017: Cameron’s Story

Did you know that on average, 1 out of 8 men will experience depression in their lives? Or that 1 in 5 men will experience anxiety? Sadly, only 1 in 4 men who experience anxiety or depression will seek treatment. Out of the 3,000 suicides in Australia a year, 75% are men. This equates to an average of 6 men taking their lives each day. Still doesn’t seem like much? Suicide is the leading cause of death in men under the age of 54. The stigma… View Post

13 Mental Health Tips When Watching ’13 Reasons Why’

  For those of us who experience mental illness, the story of Hannah Baker in ’13 Reasons Why’ might have triggered some pretty intense thoughts and feelings. This was definitely the case for me. The hit Netflix series has people talking all over the world and whilst I’ve found a mostly positive reaction, it has caused quite a bit of controversy too! As someone who has encountered similar experiences to Hannah, I am very keen to share my thoughts on the show. In the meantime, I… View Post

First, We Make The Beast Beautiful – A Review

I tend to believe that ‘things happen for a reason’, however, as a firm believer in science over spirituality and religion, this makes zero sense. I think it’s a coping mechanism for me, it’s comforting and gives me hope. Thinking this way makes it easier to deal with life and life’s little problems sometimes. Anyway, one of ‘these’ moments led me to discover the latest book by Sarah Wilson, First, We Make The Beast Beautiful.  Truth is, I’ve never been in to Sarah Wilson. I’d only… View Post