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  The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health. Some groups, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected. And services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders have been significantly disrupted. Now more than ever, as the COVID-19 pandemic highlights and deepens long-standing inequities in mental health in the country, it is essential that we work to make mental health care a reality for all. World Mental Health Day 2021 will give voice to diverse perspectives on mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, to call attention to inequities in mental health. Mental health is a human right — and everyone deserves access to the care they need to reach their full potential. Mental health is essential to a healthy life. But billions of people around the world struggle with feelings of anxiety, fear, isolation, and depression, lacking acce

You are not the problem

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month, something extremely close to my heart. I’ve typed my abuser’s name out so many times to finally set myself free but I just can’t quite expose it yet. I am 1 in 4, and it can happen to anyone. Please remember, it’s not as easy as ‘just leave’. πŸ’œ Domestic violence affects millions of people, both women and men, of every race, religion, culture and status.   Warning signs of an abusive relationship We all have arguments with our partners and family members occasionally, and sometimes we say or do hurtful things that we later regret and apologise for. But if this behaviour is becoming a regular pattern, then it may be a sign of domestic abuse. Abuse comes in many different forms and includes more than just physical violence. It’s stalking, manipulation, shouting, humiliation, coercion, threats and isolation. It can also be stealing your salary, checking phones and social networks or calling someone stupid so often they believe it... I'm using stupid

You got this bud

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Do's And Don’ts Of Ear Cleaning Do not use beginners set 🚫   You wash your face and brush your teeth, so it seems perfectly reasonable to  clean   your ears   as well. But unlike your face and teeth, your ears are self-cleaning and don’t need a lot of assistance. What should you use to clean your ears? Here are some do's and don’ts of ear cleaning. Don’t Use Cotton Buds Cotton buds are not made to go into the ear canal (it even says so on the package). It’s OK to clean your outer ear with a cotton bud as long as you can resist the temptation to use the bud in your ear canal. First and foremost, a cotton bud can push earwax back toward the eardrum, leading to a possible wax blockage. Secondly, the cotton may come off and could cause an infection. Lastly, the cotton may irritate the sensitive skin in the ear canal, leading to infection. And it’s not just cotton buds, don’t use keys, pen caps, bobby pins, fingernails or anything else that’s long and pointy to clear your ears of w

I miss me

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  How are you?  Really ? This is my mum’s standard line of questioning any time I dye my hair. In her mind, darker hair is equivalent to a darker mood. She’s on to something, but in my case, she has it backwards. I’m best at hiding my emotions when I’m blonde. When I’m a brunette, I feel authentic. I let a little more of my darker sideshow. When I’m blonde, I’m bubbly, social and easy to get along with, but that's just me for those who know me πŸ˜‰. What is  Smiling Depression ? Smiling depression involves appearing happy to others and smiling through the pain, keeping the inner turmoil hidden. It’s a major depressive disorder with atypical symptoms, and as a result, many don’t know they’re depressed or don’t seek help. People with smiling depression are often partnered or married, employed and are quite accomplished and educated. Their public, professional and social lives are not struggling. Their faΓ§ade is  put together  and  accomplished . But behind the mask and behind closed do

Bouncebackability

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I smile because I have survived everything the world has thrown at me. I smile because when I was knocked down, I got back up. Had you asked me only two years ago I wouldn’t have even been able to tell you what gaslighting was, nor that I had been a victim. That’s the thing about gaslighting, it can sneak into your life unknowingly and before you know it, it can lead you to a breaking point where you are doubting your sanity and your life is spiralling out of control. Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse, where an uneven power dynamic is created by an abuser, leading their victim to doubt their reality. Gaslighting is insidious in that it can begin subtly, then, as the victim’s confidence is chipped away, can lead to further forms of abuse, where the victim is coerced into submission of the wants of the abuser. But often we think of gaslighting as something that only really happens in romantic relationships. The truth is,  it can happen in any relationship - in friendships, fa