Digital technology: mental health’s new frontier

Less than 35% of Australians with a mental illness seek help and 60% do not have access to treatment

Digital technology in mental health

I am interested in a wide variety of treatments for mental illness and an article on digital technology caught my eye. Continue reading “Digital technology: mental health’s new frontier”

Why write about my mental illness?

Mental illness is common and does not discriminate age, gender, social circumstances, race or religion.

Why do I write about my mental illness?

As I said in my last post, some of you may be wondering why I have chosen to write and then go a step further and publish publicly my personal journey of living with a mental health issue. That is a very good question as I could have easily continued my journey privately. Continue reading “Why write about my mental illness?”

Adding a rooster to the backyard flock. Meet Sheldon

Meet Sheldon, named in honour of our passion for TBBT

Today I added a rooster to the flock.

Poor Stella is a particularly maternal lass. I purchased a dozen fertile eggs to quell her maternal urges late last year. With her offspring now grown and left the coup she is clucky again. With only female companions I decided it was time to get a rooster so Stella can satisfy her maternal chooky urges.

I thought just yesterday that of I waited long enough surely someone on Facebook would post a giveaway of a rooster. In particular I hoped for a Sussex. The law of attraction prevailed and within 24 hours  the local buy/swap/sell Facebook page answered my request.

Meet Sheldon, named in honour of our passion for TBBT . My favourite character is Amy and  I love her on screen almost as much as the real life Zionist, feminist, home birther Mayim Bailik. However our hens have names starting with the letter “S” so Sheldon he is.

Rooster of Femidist
Sheldon the rooster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bindi is excited

I do love chooks. Very rarely have I been without having at least having 2 -3 laying hens in my life.

When I finally brought my own home in Portland I promptly got some but I was not sure how Bindi would go with them. It was wonderful to learn that the chooks were safe with Bindi. She takes her role of guarding them very seriously. She watches them for hours and hours.

If the chooks are out she will follow them everywhere they go and her primary goal seem to be to herd them inside to me which she has successfully achieved a few times. Occasionally she will take a break, run to the water bowl but then dash back as quickly as she can to continue her watch.

Bindi meets rooster
Bindi on watch

 

Meeting Sheldon today was very exciting and she remains rooted to the spot at I type.

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The gift of depression and anxiety.

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The gift of depression and anxiety. Why my burnout was a blessing in disguise

Mental health issues are not generally discussed in glowing terms and certainly not as a gift. Those of us living with some sort of mental health issue don’t actually enjoy the symptoms or challenges associated with them. Continue reading “The gift of depression and anxiety.”

Reason number 8 to homebirth: Your other children can be present

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Reason number 8 to homebirth: your other children can be present.

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Being a grandparent. Falling in love again.

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The blessing of being a grandparent.

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Our family Murray River houseboat holiday. AKA Stacey is 30!

The houseboat was stunning. We expected the equivalent to a floating caravan but got so much more.

Our family houseboat holiday on the Murray River.

I have been offline for a week because we have just had a houseboat adventure and I took a week off writing. Continue reading “Our family Murray River houseboat holiday. AKA Stacey is 30!”