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Winter 2019: Mental health and wellness

07 May 2019


Climbing the mountain

07 May 2019 | Anna Watt

Dave Jorna has been running retreat days and leadership programs for young people in schools around Australia for more than a decade. Anna Watt speaks to him about his philosophy for having a healthy mentality, and what he learned while supporting someone close to him suffering from mental health issues.

Q&A with a counsellor

07 May 2019 | Ann Maria Sabu

Francesca Di Biase is a counsellor at Our Lady of Mercy College in Melbourne. A member of our young writers community speaks to her about her work.

Promoting student wellbeing

07 May 2019 |

The Rites of Passage Institute helps young people develop healthy personal identities as they transition from adolescence to young adulthood.

Rejected and yet sanctified

07 May 2019 | Peter Fleming

Suffering from mental illness throughout his life, St Benedict Joseph Labre was turned away from holy places. But he made a holy life for himself on the streets.

Life lessons from the saints

07 May 2019 | Alice Foddy and Genevieve Peters

Two of our young writers share the stories of saints they encountered while travelling to different parts of the world – each offering some perspective on their own life’s challenges.

Overcoming silence – the time is now

07 May 2019 | Tracey Edstein

Stephanie Lorenzo has gone from raising money to support trafficked women in Cambodia and Australia, to joining a global campaign to empower and advocate for women in leadership positions in the Catholic Church.

A religious vocation as a lay person

07 May 2019 | Heather Kennett

Discovering an order devoted to living the Franciscan charism, without giving up hopes for marriage, family and a career, struck the right note for Tony Bozicevic

Helping struggling farmers

07 May 2019 | Kaitlyn Fasso-Opie

A CatholicCare Wilcannia-Forbes project is providing a fount of support for drought-affected communities.

A burning issue for religious community leaders

07 May 2019 | Kate Mani

Loneliness and burnout are common among leaders in religious communities –  whether they’re clergy, religious superiors, principals, youth leaders or other ministry workers. Having experienced this himself, Dr Paul Whetham says it’s something that can only be addressed by grappling with how we put people on pedestals in the first place.

Building resilience in children

07 May 2019 | Hannah Gamble

It is essential that we equip primary school children with tools to navigate through the inevitable tough times that life will throw at them.

Exam-busting 101: How to de-stress your brain while studying

07 May 2019 | Sinead Goodfellow

Completing school assignments on time and studying for exams are some of the most stressful parts of being a teenager. One of our young writers shares some of her tips for ensuring you care for your mental health and wellbeing, so that you can study smarter not harder.

My mental health journey

07 May 2019 | Caitlin Humphrys

After first being diagnosed with depression and anxiety at the age of 13, Caitlin Humphrys says her mental health journey has had its ups and downs. But she’s been blessed with the support of her family, school community, health professionals, and faith.

A space for all students

07 May 2019 | Francine Crimmins

A mental health project at St John Fisher College in Queensland has given students a space where they can chill out and connect with each other when they need it.

Logging on to our selves

07 May 2019 | Ann Rennie

We have more ways to connect with each other than ever before, yet so many people are feeling anxious and unhappy. What’s the connection that we’re missing?

Explorations: Mental illness

07 May 2019 | Andrew Hamilton SJ

The Christian response to mental illness has its roots in Jesus’ healing ministry, and the belief that each person is made in the image of God. But stigma has always followed those who are mentally ill, and even today some of that still lingers.

Recovering from childhood trauma

07 May 2019 | Dr Cathy Kezelman

TRIGGER WARNING: Article includes discussion of sexual abuse, sexual assault, child abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and many high profile cases have made us more aware of child sexual abuse and its often life-long impacts. Many in our Catholic communities have lived through abuse and continue to struggle with the trauma. Dr Cathy Kezelman, from the Blue Knot Foundation, says there are ways to help and support them.

Walking with God

07 May 2019 |

Pictures from a Walking with God in Nature Prayer Day at Sherbrooke Forest, Melbourne.

Christ is alive

07 May 2019 |

Five takeaways from Pope Francis’ letter on young people and the Church, Christus Vivit, which was released in April.

Mummy time

07 May 2019 | Kate Moriarty

‘If Mamma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.’

Recipe: Beetroot and sweet potato ‘meatballs’

07 May 2019 |

Beetroot and sweet potato meatballs are just like your grandmother's classic meatball recipe but packed full of nutritious vegetables.

Playlist: Inspiring mental health advocates

07 May 2019 | Geraldine Vytilingam

Some celebrities who have spoken openly about their mental health struggles.

Resisting cyberbullying

13 May 2019 | Hannah Kennelly

Cyberbullying is a growing issue, particularly for young people who spend much of their time building and maintaining relationships in the virtual world.

Helping kids in times of need

07 May 2019 | Elise Ho

Since it was first established in 1991, Kids Helpline has been a lifeline for young people at critical moments in their lives. One of our young writers speaks to a counsellor at the service.

The two voices in my mind – Poem

07 May 2019 | Tatiana Kurniawan

When we feel anxious, it can be like there are two voices in our head competing for our attention. While one voice wants us to be ruled by fear, the other wants us to be free.

Faith education

A letter to a young doctor

07 May 2019 | Michael McGirr

Regular columnist Michael McGirr writes to a young doctor, thanking her for showing Year 10 students around a mosque and talking about faith and wellbeing.

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