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Bracken Ridge Catholic school trio leads the way in wellbeing space

wellbeing space Bracken Ridge

THREE students and two therapy dogs will remind the community at St John Fisher College, Bracken Ridge, to improve their mental health with the recent launch of a wellbeing space. The new program, titled Fun, Food & Fellowship, is the brainchild of students Alicia Horsfield, Maya Rees and Michelle Krueger, who received a $5000 grant from the Goldfish Tank funding ... Read More »

People with a mental illness turn to their patron saint for prayers

Members of Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care

THE daughter of an Irish pagan king and a beautiful Catholic mother has become the lifeline and friend to a group of Catholics from Brisbane who live with a mental illness. Members of Brisbane-based ministry Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care, which offers spiritual support and companionship to people with a mental illness, have developed a deep love and devotion to St ... Read More »

Man’s best friend is Gracie Garrahy’s companion in battle against mental illness

WHENEVER teenager Gracie Garrahy decides to brave the outside world, her best mate Sebastian is right beside her. Sebastian is an assistance dog receiving training to support his owner, Miss Garrahy, an 18-year-old who is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and manic depression. “Before I got him, I wouldn’t go out of the house, I wouldn’t interact with other people,” ... Read More »

New podcast Do Life Better aims to improve wellbeing of young people

Jared Press and Dave Jorna from Do Life Better podcast

MENTAL illness among Australian youth is on the rise but two Catholic men hope their new podcast could make young Aussies healthier in mind, body and soul. Dave Jorna and Jared Press are the voices behind Do Life Better, a podcast teaching young people how to live a happier and more fulfilled life. Earlier this year, a report into youth ... Read More »

Catholic teacher says staff are on the frontline of youth suicide prevention

Young person

HIGH school teacher Elizabeth Chilnicean knew something was wrong when a student started isolating himself from his peers. He was by her standards a well-behaved student who associated with a healthy group of friends that maintained positive relationships with their teachers. Then he started showing problems focusing in class, displaying a lack of emotions and not spending time with his ... Read More »

Inaugural Putney fellowship launches to address alarming rates of youth suicide in North Queensland

Putney fellowship

TOWNSVILLE leaders have come together to officially launch the Bishop Michael Putney Fellowship. In 2014, the Tropical Brain and Mind Foundation was formed and launched locally in response to the growing statistics of mental health, mental illness and suicide rates in North Queensland. The foundation aimed to raise funds to engage research into this area, in particular some of the ... Read More »

Mental Health Month: Queensland has highest rate of suicide in Australia

EIGHT Australians are taking their own life each day – a deeply disturbing statistic. The annual suicide rate climbed to more than 3000 deaths for the first time in 2015 – and unfortunately this bleak snapshot is compounded by a new survey finding that more than 80 per cent of Australians believe our society is becoming a lonelier place. Queensland ... Read More »

Accurate data essential for psychological abortion assistance

Abortion effects

THERE are claims that a parliamentary inquiry into decriminalising abortion in Queensland is not being provided with accurate data to assist fair decision-making. At public briefing sessions on July 12 and 13, the inquiry heard from experts about the psychological impacts post abortion, if abortion is not available, and the extent of counselling and support services for women. State Member ... Read More »

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