The Precipice

This article contains themes of mental health and suicide which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services or visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services. Lifeline – 13 11 14 Words by Angelica, 26…

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Coping

Artwork and Words by Wren, 19 ACT  This article contains themes about mental health, anxiety and depression which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services. 1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732 Lifeline – 13 11 14 This piece was a finalist of the…

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My cup is broken

Words by Maeson, 21 WA “You can’t pour from an empty cup” The number one phrase for championing self-care. It’s a good message. To contribute to the world, we must first take care of ourselves. The longer we neglect our mental and emotional wellbeing, the more we risk suffering from things like burnout or depression.…

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Rarely Seen, Hardly Heard: A chat could change a life

James and Tom talk us through their final year of high school and their learnings from the Man Cave program.

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Eating Disorders: The Personal is Political

This article contains themes of mental health and eating disorders which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services or visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services. Lifeline – 13 11 14 Words by Melis,…

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Imagined, Real

Words by Lydia, VIC I wrote Imagined, Real during the week before exams to show how my anxiety manifests itself. I wanted to describe the physical symptoms and suffocating feelings it brings and how helpless it can make me feel. It’s so hard to explain to people what it’s like to be anxious and how…

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How to get unstuck

Words by Nandana, 16 NSW  I’m stuck in the middle of year 10. I’ve just chosen the subjects that will supposedly decide the rest of my life, and now I’m regretting some of them. I am starting to wish I could go back in time more and more every day – before year 10, or…

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Conversation Piece

Artwork and Words by Daina, 16 NSW  “A conversation can change a life”. My art making practice is driven by what we can’t say in words. The tension often experienced by those awkward conversions which can have the most impact, is what is expressed in this work. Titled ‘Conversation Piece’, the use of colour and…

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The Precipice

This article contains themes of mental health and suicide which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services or visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services. Lifeline – 13 11 14 Words by Angelica, 26…

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Don’t knock small talk

Words by Maeson (they/them), 21 WA If you’re really struggling with your mental health, I will always recommend seeking professional psychological care. But if you’ve reached a point where generally speaking, you’re doing ok, maybe just a little lonely or stressed or tired with the everydayness of life, then here’s a wild suggestion – don’t…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Conversations that could change a life.

Conversations are sometimes just a simple exchange of information. They could also help to clarify your own thinking, present an opportunity to learn something new or spark a bit of creativity. Conversations are also how we connect with others. In the lead up to ‘R U OK? Day’ we want you to share how a…

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Equality is not Enough

Artwork and Words by Emily (they/them), 25 VIC    This artwork is to raise awareness that “Equality is not Enough”. The piece depicts four possible outcomes: starting with Reality and moving through to Justice. REALITY In this world, we are not born into equal circumstances. Some people get more than they need, others get less….

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Internalised Ableism

Words by Susie (she/her), 24 QLD  In part 1, we explored ableism: what it is, how to recognise it and how you can be an ally. Internalised ableism is much more personal and in some ways even more heartbreaking, as constant reinforcement from our ableist culture begins to dictate our internal, personal lives. Ableism is…

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Should Australia introduce compulsory national service for school-leavers?

Words by Dustin (he/him), 18 NSW Everyone knows that our schooling career is progressive. It’s planned out by the education system, almost as if your life has only one direction for the next 13 years: from kindergarten to year one, and eventually year 12. Essentially, young people – including me – feel as if they…

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Ableism: What is it? Why do you need to know about it?

Words by Susie (she/her), 24 QLD  What is Ableism? Ableism is heavily engrained in our society and impacts everyone’s daily life. Ableism is a huge, complex topic. It’s short dictionary definition is “discrimination in favour of able-bodied people.” But what does Ableism actually look like in everyday life? Ableism comes in many shapes and sizes….

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