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How Stand-Up Comedy Is Helping Improve The Wellbeing Of Mental Health Sufferers Sometimes laughter can be the best medicine. By Ryan Barrell

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http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/how-stand-up-comedy-is-helping-people-with-mental-health-issues_uk_56fe80cde4b0c5bd919b25f6?umqesq0quv9ara4i


I had the great pleasure of being a guest speaker at the "Well of Being: Midsummer Festival", earlier this year where three comedians from Stand Up for Mental Health were performing. It was a lot of fun.http://artoflifewithmairead.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/thank-you-to-hobsons-bay-gbltqi.html

Music - José González - Vestiges & Claws (Full Album)

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Why Am I So Open About My Mental Illness? By Habiba Khanom

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The Myth of "Normal" - Gabor Mate

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Public perceptions of homelessness - The common perception of a homeless person is an older man with a drinking or drug problem who sleeps in an inner-city park or street. However, we know from our experience and Census figures there is no “typical” homeless person.

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https://www.missionaustralia.com.au/what-we-do/homelessness-social-housing/what-is-homelessness



Last night, Sleep at the ’G 2016 was held by St Vincent's where CEO's and others totaling 1500 people were "Sleeping Rough" in the hope to raise $600,000 (approx. 400 per person or dinner and a show) There was a small ruckus caused by a group of people who are experiencing genuine homelessness in Melbourne and these people have been stigmatized as ungrateful no hopers by some. Spending the night out on a cold Melbourne winters night, is a start to raising awareness of the plight of experiencing homelessness but it has ,in the past, failed to show the whole picture.Experiencing Homelessness can mean lack of personal safety, healthcare, toileting and laundry facilities, lack of family structure, isolation, fear, uncertainty, food shortage. Then there is stigma, victimization, fellings of hopelessness, despair, shame, lack of life structure and purpose and the crushing of self …

One of the most important skills we can teach our kids is empathy. Empathy is the ability to see and value what another person is feeling or experiencing. By Steve Palmer

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Psychologists recommend children be bored in the summer

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This is my 1,000th post and over this time I have shared my blog with just over 150,000 people. Thank you for your kind support. I hope that you get as much out of my research and reflections about mental health and humanity, as I do. More of the same to come. Live your Bliss, Mairead

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The Cinematic Orchestra Arrival of the Birds & Transformation

The Weakness of Strength

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11 Traits of People With High Emotional Intelligence - Raven Fon

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Psychotherapy - Jacques Lacan

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Pam, the Warhol West of Ballarat Pam’s an unstoppable artistic force. The works that fill her home are a celebration of her personality and creativity.

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Nature Therapy: Full Motion Forestry with Natural Sounds. Imagine the textures, temperatures, smells, winds. The heaviness of your body as you imagine yourself submerging yourself into this environment. Then , as soon as you have the opportunity, get out there for real. Nature is waiting.

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WEEDS - by Mona - CaronThese Wonderful Murals of Weeds Are A Tribute to Resilience and Resistance

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Music - Relaxing Blues Blues Music 2014 Vol 2 | www.RoyalTimes.org

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Spending at least two hours a week engaged in the arts improves overall mental health. Alexandria Lee

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Just what the doctor ordered - Jade Herriman

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Zen and the Art of Living Deeply by Christopher Chase

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Why People's Opinions of You Aren't Real

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Love Your Body, Free Your Mind 11 ways to snap out of autopilot and get back in touch with your body. By Elisha Goldstein and Stefanie Goldstein

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92 Documentaries to Expand Your Consciousness - interesting, somewhat America orientated, collection of real issues to ponder touching on many topics.

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This Is Why Art Therapy Is the New Trend by Tara Reed

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How to Heal Yourself by Talking to your Body - By Therese Wade

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Reboot Your Life: 20 Mental Barriers You Should Let Go Of - By Gilbert Ross / myscienceacademy.org

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The Medicine Wheel - 1 of 3 - Lakota teachings of the powers of the medicine wheel and how it relates to us today. Please note that this wheel is for the Northern Hemisphere. Australian peoples are from the Southern Hemisphere, there for the wheel is a mirror image. The energy and teaching of the Northern and Southern Medicine Wheel are reminiscent to each other. Many cultures, including my own Celtic birth have shared the Medicine Wheel or some form of it and in resent times mainstream medicine seem to be acknowledging the wisdoms of thousands of years and adapting it into clinical practice

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