Rural Areas Soon to Benefit from Psych Telehealth Services

By Georgina Lavan Source: Juggernaut Last month, Health Minister Greg Hunt issued a press release offering improved psychological services in remote areas of Australia. Under the current arrangement, rural clients can not access rebates under the Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) when accessing psychological services through teleconferencing methods such as Skype. Now, the new arrangement will mean … Continued

Netflix Series Triggering for Vulnerable Clients

By Georgina Lavan Source: International Business Times Youth mental health organisations are vocalising concern over the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, for the glorification and graphic content of the topic of suicide and rape. The controversial series, based on the novel written by Jay Asher, follows the story of Hannah Baker, a 17 year old … Continued

At Home with Eating Disorders Conference 2017

By Georgina Lavan Source: Twitter The At Home with Eating Disorders Conference is being held on May 12-13 at the Novotel at Olympic Park in Sydney, featuring keynote speakers Professor Janet Treasure OBE, Professor Stephen Touyz and Dr Roxanne Rockwell. The conference is designed for parents and carers of those suffering from an eating disorder, … Continued

Cosmo clickbait sending wrong message

By Georgina Lavan. Source: Twitter Cosmopolitan US is under fire after its social media outlet misled readers through a weight loss clickbait. The tweet titled “How This Woman Lost 44 Pounds Without ANY Exercise” sucked audiences into reading about one woman’s weight loss journey, as if the article were to answer all the readers prayers. … Continued

Removing a toxic friend from your life

By Georgina Lavan Resource: Buzznet Growing up, I would every so often hear from my mum “I don’t think you should be friends with X” or “X isn’t the right friend for you”. The thought of this was unbearable!! **insert teenage rant voice** “You don’t know what you’re talking about Mum!” The wise woman my … Continued

Why is I’m A Celebrity promoting weight loss?

By Georgina Lavan Source: Wikipedia First things first, I am not a viewer, nor a fan of the Channel Ten show “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here”. This did require me to do a bit of research to find out what the show was about. What drove me to write this were the … Continued

The benefits of mindfulness

By Georgina Lavan The practice of mindfulness stems back thousands of years, originating from traditional practices such as Hinduism and Buddhism. In recent years, mindfulness has taken on a Westernised approach, with resources now available in books, CD’s, phone apps and short courses. The purpose of mindfulness is to be living in the moment, accepting … Continued

Let’s bring laughter back into our lives

By Georgina Lavan Source: Twitter Here’s an unfortunate fact. Research carried out by psychologist Robert Provine found that your average four year old will laugh approximately 300 times per day. Sadly, an adult will laugh only 20 times a day (Source: mentalfloss). Doesn’t seem right, does it? Laughter is an essential part of our livelihood. It … Continued

Running on the Happiness Hamster Wheel

By Georgina Lavan  Source: Like Success We are all at some point in our lives searching for the keys to happiness. It is instilled in us to strive to do our best in school, work, our friendships and relationships. What we often find to be challenging is working out the difference between what we believe … Continued

How social media contributes to FOMO

By Georgina Lavan Source: NUBI You’ve travelled to work/school to find that you’ve left your phone at home. That sickening feeling rises in your stomach – “how am I going to check my Facebook/Instagram/Snapchat today?” Welcome to the world of FOMO, the acronym for ‘fear of missing out’. The Oxford Dictionary defines FOMO as “anxiety … Continued