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Madie’s Top 5 Takes On … Healthcare for Young People

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA I want to start this by saying how grateful I am for the healthcare system in Australia. We are very lucky to have the services and access we have! Even though Australia has one of the best healthcare systems in the world, there are still areas for improvement, such…

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Community and the Disappearing Phenomenon of Third Spaces

Words by Tully (she/her) 16 QLD Being a teenager can sometimes be awkward, tiring and, often, lonely. Studies show that loneliness is on the rise for young people, especially girls aged between 15-24, with a quarter reporting that they often felt extremely lonely. It’s harder when the quintessential and desperately needed third space is rapidly…

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Dealing with dwindling adult friendships

Dealing with dwindling adult friendships

Words by Anonymous, 28 NSW Being lonely as an adult sucks. It feels sad and embarrassing to admit to struggling in creating and maintaining friendships at any age, but it seemed easier to address when I was at uni. Figuring out why friendships are dwindling in the 20s and 30s – and what to do…

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Madie’s Top 5 Takes On … Taking Care of Yourself

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA Something that we often neglect is the most important person in our lives! Ourselves!! With the busyness of life, we often prioritize work, study, friendships and families over ourselves. We push our needs to the side and focus on others, without focusing on how we can support ourselves. Here…

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Why does everyone keep telling me to breathe?

Words by Sigrid (she/her) 21 QLD Are you breathing right now? Clearly, yes. And clearly, you were breathing before I asked you this question. But now I’ve drawn your attention to it: to whether you’re breathing through your mouth or nose, to how fast or slow, how deep. Now, it is you in control of…

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Mental Health: Gen Z

Do you struggle with your mental health? Join our Creative Residents, Caitlin (she/her), 25, and Ethan (he/him), 22, as they venture out to capture the perspectives on mental health. Discover more by watching the clip below.

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Quasi

This piece is featured in the collaborative project between WhyNot and Project See and B for Propel Youth Arts WA 2024 KickstART Festival in Western Australia. Words by Rachael Burns (she/her) 22 WA The following piece may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek…

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Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … Relationships

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA   As we move through Valentine’s Day, we’ve no doubt been inundated with Buzzfeed articles like “5 signs your man is cheating on you,” “Do you love him or is he just tall?” and “Why should I marry Ryan Reynolds and not my partner?” These articles, all about unhealthy…

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Raise Our Voice in Parliament – Wellbeing

Imagine the impact when politicians across the nation commit to echoing the concerns and aspirations of our younger generations, speaking their words on the issues that matter most to them. Let us introduce you to the Raise Our Voice in Parliament initiative. It’s where the future of Australia meets the present in a collaboration fuelled…

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Cinderella at Midnight

Words by Aurelne (she/her) 25, WA The following piece may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14) – visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services….

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Danger Zone

Words by Aurelne (she/her) 25, WA The following piece may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14) – visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services….

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ADHD: A Hard Pill to Swallow

Words by Anjelica (she/her) 23, NSW  The following piece may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14) – visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support…

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To My Housemates, With Love

Words by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD   I have found many sisters in the faces of my housemates. They weave between my fingers, Smile at my sore knuckles After another hard fought day. Never by blood, Always by chance. But aren’t those the best kind Of relationships   You cannot tell me Our smiles are not…

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Mental Health Awareness

Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … Mental Health Awareness

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA The following piece may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14) – visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of…

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Shadows of Panic

Whispers of Courage: Confronting the Shadows of Panic

Words by Josephine (she/her) 18, TAS  The following piece “Confronting the Shadows of Panic” may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14) – visit our Creating a Safe Space page to…

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Coming, Coming, Gone

Words by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD     ‘I’m going to cum,’ you moan into my ear. A declaration, an encouragement, For me to keep doing what I’m doing, Which is, If I’m being honest, nothing. And it feels like nothing; Unseasoned meat, a blank space, the loading page. I suppose I could do more, But…

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Special K no way

Special K? No way

Words by Samantha (she/her), 29 ACT  The following piece “Special K? No way” may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14) – visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see…

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Madie’s Top 5 Takes on… Building healthy relationships with your body

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA The piece ‘Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … Building healthy relationships with your body.’ 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 It has been a long,…

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On the Concept of Self Love

Words by Aurelne (she/her), 24 WA In a world where the term “self-love” has been hijacked by social media, transformed into a glamorous performance to be emulated, and presented as an ideal to which we should all aspire, we’ve drifted away from its genuine essence. By no means am I criticising the concept of self-love….

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Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … Safe Sex Education in Schools.

Words by Madieson (she/her), 24 WA The piece ‘Madie’s Top 5 Takes on … Safe Sex Education in Schools.’ 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   Over the years, there has…

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Neverland of Illness

The Neverland of Illness

Words by Bee (she/her), 23 ACT    The piece ‘The Neverland of Illness’ contains themes about mental health, eating disorders and anorexia 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   I…

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Pleasure and Shame

Pleasure and Shame

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD As a young girl, the shame surrounding pleasure and masturbation was palpable. Masturbation was completely relegated to the realm of the unspeakable within my all-girls high school, a phenomenon which endured until we were well into our later teen years. It wasn’t until we were about eighteen that a…

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Bury me

Words by Aurelne (she/her), 24 WA  The piece ‘Bury Me’ 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   Inconsequential as a grain of…

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Monsters in my head

Words by Aurelne (she/her), 24 WA  The piece ‘Monsters in my head’ 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   The monsters in…

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Grow Up

Words by Eli (they/them), 21 NSW The piece ‘Grow up’ 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   I was six when I…

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The Space Between

The Space Between

Words by Joseph (he/him), 30 QLD  The piece ‘The Space Between’ 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     Being unheard is…

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Intrusive

Words by Isabelle (she/they), 22 NSW The piece ‘Intrusive’ 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   A foul thing has followed me…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Wellbeing

Wellbeing. HUGE topic. A recurring headline both in our social feed and major publications. Pretty much covering everything and anything when thinking about our mental, physical, sexual, emotional or social selves. Helping us describe how we feel about ourselves – and check in with ourselves – as we think, converse and debate about self-care, anxiety…

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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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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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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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I’m a queer girl. I also have a boyfriend.

Words by Steph (she/her), 21 TAS  I’m a bisexual woman and I have a long-term male partner. Despite bisexuality being the most common sexuality in the LGBTQIA+/queer community (GLAAD), bisexual people (like me) are still questioned and misunderstood often. When I tell someone I’m queer, they ask if I have a girlfriend. When I tell…

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Kids want more choice after graduating, not less

Words by Joshua, 17 NSW     When the first wave of COVID-19 hit Australian shores in March 2020, I had no idea what was coming. Time spent crying at my desk, my microphone muted and camera off while attending Zoom classes. Afternoons spent on assignments and wondering about questions I couldn’t ask. Talking with friends…

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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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Embodied Activism

Words by Brianna, 24 QLD  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…

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Rarely Seen, Hardly Heard: Boundaries are our perfect lovers

We need to change the way we think and talk about sexual assault. To help a survivor, we need to validate their experiences without measuring against others.

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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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Unfiltered Thoughts: #breakthebias

In the lead up to International Women’s Day 2022 we asked our WhyNot community for their Unfiltered Thoughts on what this year’s theme #breakthebias means to them. Women Kill, but Women Are Also Killed In Australia: – 1 woman a week is killed by an intimate partner [1] – 10 women a day are hospitalised…

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Still on your L’s? Don’t sweat it!

Words by Kirra, 20 VIC There are many reasons I could give as to why, at 20 years old, I still haven’t got my driver’s licence. I could blame it on the fact that I live out of home and don’t have a car or tell you that I haven’t been able to go driving…

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Lockdown Motivation

Words by Leo, VIC Artist Statement: The aim for my video was to motivate viewers to get active during lockdown and not allow lack of motivation to consume them. Whether it be exercise, establishing a routine or hanging out with family. There are many outlets we can channel our time into. I was keen to…

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Rarely Seen, Hardly Heard: Living with the V

“I am living with vaginismus.
The involuntary contractions of the pelvic floor.”

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Rarely Seen, Hardly Heard: Unpacking the slippery stuff

An interview with the co-founders of Figr! A brand that not only makes lube BUT smashes the stigma associated with it.

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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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Taking off the real mask

This artwork hopes to help people feel less alone and raise awareness for mental health challenges that are often masked.

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Subtle Burnout: surviving, thriving with a side of crying.

Words by Chelsea, 24 VIC This pandemic has forced me to deal with the circumstances that led me to burn out. ‘Ah ha’, you may say ‘I know that feeling all too well’. But for myself at least, the signs flew under the radar until it was too late. So, here are three tips to…

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Change and anxiety in the time of COVID.

Words by Lydia, 18 VIC Post-high school fear has knocked my friends around and left them floundering. Even through our last school year – a long plague of fear and ever-changing plans – my simple questions were not met with tears as often as they are now. I’m considering bringing tissues to small talk, just…

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Shy: an acceptable personality trait.

Words by Briana, 21 VIC People describe me as shy. It is neither said in a positive or negative light. Just an observation that people say to explain why I am the way I am. Just shy.  It’s a quiet word. The first letters are pronounced with a soft shhhh, like when you shush someone…

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Hope from a golden moment

Words by Anjelica, 20 NSW This article contains themes of anxiety, depression and mental health 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. 1800RESPECT – 1800…

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The Scary Man in the Dark

Words by Ella, 23 VIC   You never believed the scary man in the dark story. You never believed, until the scary man in the dark was real. Until the scary man in the dark was at the base of your bed. The scary man wouldn’t listen. The scary man was still, whist you screamed…

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The Darkness Behind the Black Mirror

Words by Erin, 27 NSW From the addictive hit of heady dopamine we get from Facebook ‘likes’ to using our screens to escape dealing with our problems – the things we enjoy about our smartphones can be what hurts us the most. There is so much to be thankful for when it comes to technology…

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To Sex or Not to Sex

Words by Ella, 23 VIC Recently I have found myself in a pattern. Bored, lonely, need some drama? Casually hook up with someone on a night out. Hate it, profess a self-inflicted ban on all men ever.  Wait a couple of weeks. Feel bored, lonely and in need of some drama.  Hook up with a…

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The Give and Take Read Article

The Give & Take

Words by Susie, 23 QLD Humans are naturally social creatures, so making connections with others is incredibly important. But there comes a point where we can give more than we get, and it is necessary for our own wellbeing to realise which relationships are bleeding us dry and which are worth keeping. I started to…

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Motivation that Sticks

Words by Nicolas, 24 QLD Saying yes. Out loud, on paper or just in your head. It’s a simple motto to live by, it reinforces positivity, and generally the “yes” ethos can do wonderful things for you. When you feel a bit bummed about things not going right, you remember to “keep your nose to…

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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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Mountainous Barriers WhyNot

Mountainous Barriers

Words by Markos, 28 VIC Artist statement: – This is a simple but honest piece that illustrates the challenges of getting a job when you have mental health issues. While it’s difficult to climb those hills and mountains, it’s not impossible. Doubt and stress can be overcome by talking to someone or getting professional help. Just doing…

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R U OK MY FRIEND?

Words by Praise, 25 NSW The moment you realise you have at least one person who is genuinely interested and wants to listen to your authentic desires, dreams, and stories – mark it as a blessing.  Perhaps, not everyone around you will be able to do this. ”Listening is the most important thing you can…

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2020 as a Sweaty Astronaut LEGO Worker

Words by Steph, 28 VIC I’m supposed to help people. I’m supposed to help fix problems. That’s my job. And this, I absolutely cannot fix. Depending on the day, or moment my thoughts around the pandemic change. I work in a mental health hospital. On any given day, I come across a variety of people…

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Side Effects May Include

Submission by Julia. 24 VIC This piece was a finalist of the Youth Summit Creative Competition 2020. Artist Statement: – ‘I created this piece to highlight the impact that mental health can have on maintaining meaningful employment. As a young person who suffers from depression and anxiety, as well as chronic pain, I have a…

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EC Unfiltered: What is your Pandemic World Like Right Now?

Words by Members of the WhyNot Editorial Committee and friends Simmering Anxiety  My pandemic world – like many – is split between what I can see outside my window and what I hear from the other end of Zoom catch ups and house party nights. I feel a simmering anxiety when I head out of…

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Stealthing: The Silent Sexual Assault

Words by Laura, 25 NSW I want to talk about stealthing, and the fact that it triggers my spellcheck begins to demonstrate why. Stealthing is a type of sexual assault. It occurs when sex has been consented to on the condition that a condom is worn, but the person wearing it then covertly takes the…

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Your ‘Pro-Choice’ Vaccination Stance Is Privileged

Words by Erin, 24 NSW The anti-vaccination movement seems to be going through a re-launch. It’s thrown off its old connotations, embraced a friendlier message and is now purporting itself as a ‘pro-choice movement’, for those who want to ask critical questions of science or present a different opinion. This new language, while attempting to…

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Iso-Nation: Navigating the World of Isolation

Words by Nicole, 25 VIC Welcome to iso-nation, the adventures of an already-introverted 25-year-old in lockdown. Two and a half weeks into isolation, I began to feel the trepidations of being stuck between four white walls plastered with artsy posters from Frankie and prints from art markets.  The smell of freshly baked orange cake out…

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Connecting From Afar

Words by James, 25 ACT It’s a tough time for a lot of us right now due to COVID-19. People have lost their jobs and others face an increased risk of transmission while we’re all adapting to a new life in social isolation. As young people, we’re more likely to face social or economic uncertainty….

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Take a Breath

Take a breath (during the COVID-19 crisis)

Words by Georgie 28 VIC Never has there been a greater need for hugs, ironically in a time where no hugs are allowed! We have well and truly passed the point of: “shit- this is actually really bad”. ‘Uncertainty’, ‘unprecedented’, ‘panic’, ‘crisis’, ‘a crazy dream’ – are all things we’re reading on a daily basis…

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Driving Through Fear | WhyNot?

Driving through Fear

Words by Anonymous When I heard the words ‘eating disorder’ it felt like a slap in the face.  ‘If you don’t start eating more you will end up in hospital.’ Processing these words shook me to my core.  According to the Butterfly Foundation, 9% of the Australian population will experience an eating disorder in their lifetime,…

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Australian Bushfires | WhyNot?

Answer the World’s Smoke Signal

Words by Aileen, 28 VIC Illustration by Aileen, You can find more of her work on Instagram @aileenetc Answer the World’s Smoke Signal/Together We Are illustrations show the impact of the Australian Bushfires across the world. From smoke impacted areas to people/animals who have lost everything – these fires are truly devastating, and it would be irresponsible…

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Quiet in Canberra

Words by Sarah, 29 VIC Clouds call the dust by name, grass, what’s left of it begging for relief from the dry. We heard it coming, freight train of heat and embers, ready to clear its path, lay the world down. Licked the cattle on the legs, told us to choose it was the house…

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Herpes? Welcome to the Club! | Feature Image

Herpes? Welcome to the Club!

Words by Alysha, 24 QLD Hey, so, you’ve just been diagnosed with herpes. Welcome to the club! Firstly, it isn’t the end of the world, or your sex life, even though I know it feels that way. In Australia alone, 1 in 8 people are living with herpes. This makes it one of the most…

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The F Word | YMCA WA

The ‘F’ Word

Words by Jess, 22 NSW When you look in the mirror, I wonder what you see. Why do you breathe in so hard, grab your skin and look displeased? I hear you joke about wanting to be smaller, and that you need to ‘quit the cake’. But it doesn’t seem that funny, to project on…

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Why it's important to talk about mental health | WhyNot?

Why It’s Important to Talk About Mental Health

Words by Carly, 24 QLD   When I was growing up, my parents were sad. And I was sad too. As I got older, I believed more and more that being unhappy was normal. If my parents experienced life in that way, surely it was the same for everyone else, right? They never told me…

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Same Same but Different | WhyNot?

Same Same but Different

Words by Evelyn, 27 VIC I was so excited by the prospect of my impending hysterectomy that a week out from the surgery I threw a “Farewell-Uterus” Party. I spent a day making a giant papier-mâché uterus piñata, covered it in pink and white frilled tissue paper, and filled it with red lollies: jaffas, raspberries,…

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I Won't Forget | YMCA Global Study | Blog Article

I Won’t Forget

Words by Rachel, 22 QLD 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage. The amount of women suffering in silence is unbearable to think about. In 2017 I suffered a loss. I was pregnant. My anxiety was high, hormones flooded my body. It was perfect… until it wasn’t.   We had gone to many ultrasounds. Our…

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The Sliding Scale of Mental Health

The Sliding Scale of Mental Health

Words by Ari, 27 VIC Mental wellness exists on a spectrum, not an all-or-nothing dichotomy of ‘ill’ or ‘healthy’. At the moment I’m floating somewhere in the middle, and that’s my normal. I have anxiety. Using the word ‘have’ is an interesting experience for me, after recently coming to terms with the reality that despite…

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Alabama | WhyNot

Alabama

Words by Nicole, 25 VIC My poem ‘Alabama’ was inspired by the strict abortion laws that have recently been passed in a number of states in the US.  I wrote this poem as a conversational piece for people in the community to reflect on and discuss the current state of pro-choice and gender equality in our…

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace Mediocrity

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace Mediocrity

Words by Anika 25, NSW When I was nine, my primary school careers counsellor told me the world was my oyster. I could read at a high-school level, I was precocious, and adults loved me. “What am I gonna do?!” I asked (demanded), pushing my stringy hair back at the roots, thrilled to discover I…

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This Was Fun

Words by Sarah, 29 VIC, You can find more of her poetry on Instagram @sharperpoetry One minute, I’m laughing over breakfast, the next, the floor is swallowing me whole. There’s a ringing in my ears that starts as a whisper, calling me somewhere I’ve been before; somewhere that grabs hold of my limbs and doesn’t…

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Imagined Real Anxiety | WhyNot

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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Reflections Next Victim | WhyNot

Reflections Next Victim

Words by Rebecca, 18 VIC I wrote this poem two years ago during my teenage years, before recently coming across it again and refining it. The piece explores my personal feelings towards the world and myself and how I struggled with finding my own identity in a world of stereotypes and prejudices as a 16…

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When I Die Next

When I Die Next

Words by Natalie, 19 VIC I wonder what photo they will use when I am the next one to die. I wonder what order my name will be in the list of corpses. I wonder how much blood there will be. I wonder what disease strangers will spread about me online. “She should have known…

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Politician Testing

Politician Testing

Words by Jono, 27 VIC I wrote this article out of sheer frustration when I learned that the NSW Government would refuse to implement pill testing booths at musical festivals across the state. Despite successful pilots at multiple events in the ACT including Spilt Milk and Groovin the Moo, common sense has not prevailed and…

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Removing the tampon tax is just a distraction

Removing the Tampon Tax is Just a Distraction

Words by Bonnie, 24 NSW Illustration by Aileen, You can find more of her work on Instagram @cartoonsforsanity and @aileenetc   Last week 6 women were murdered as a result of domestic violence. This occurred in the same week the removal of the tampon tax was discussed in parliament.  This event seems like a win for women and whilst…

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Self-Care WhyNot

Self-Care in the Workplace – Lessons From the Frontline

Words by Kevin, 26, VIC Self-care is all about ensuring that you remain physically, mentally, and spiritually recharged. Considering the frenetic pace at which the modern day world runs, it is more important than ever. But is self-care just about making time for yourself? As a health professional delivering therapy in the community, there are…

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Self-Help Books Are Anything but Helpful

Words by Justine, 19 QLD Many young people are suffering from mental illness these days, especially anxiety and depression. It’s hard being a young person in a world with so much developing technology and a world where schools are putting more and more pressure on students to succeed at all costs. Whilst borrowing a self-help…

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Real Me

The Real Me

Words by Dani, NSW At the age of 25, a young woman attends her first Mardi Gras and also does her first drama production “Cosi Fan Tute”. She begins living in stable and safe accommodation. She is finally piecing her life back together, the way it should have been from the beginning. She also starts…

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Feed My Ego

‘Feed My Ego’

Animation by Aileen   This piece represents the need for validation through social media. It focuses on the theme of greed, the unhealthy use of technology and how it will never truly satisfy us. You can find more of her work on Instagram @cartoonsforsanity and @aileenetc

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Young People | Anxiety | Mental Health

Young People Shouldn’t Suffer in Silence Anymore

  Learning that 1 in 4 young people admits to experiencing a mental health condition is horrible to hear.  I believe that there would be many more that either haven’t realised their struggles are due to a mental health condition, or are too scared/ashamed/embarrassed to admit their struggles. How can one ‘not know’ they are…

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The Holy Trinity of Useless Advice

Every depressed person has heard, what I call, the Holy Trinity of Useless Advice: eat well, sleep well, and talk to your doctor.

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Youth Summit

YMCA Youth Summit 28/05/2018 – Arts Centre Melbourne Book your tickets here It’s time for some fresh thinking on Mental Health. Currently 1 in 4 young people experience a mental illness like anxiety or depression. Many experts in this area are calling this a crisis and much talk is happening around Australia about solutions to mental…

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Beating the Stigma Together

Currently there is a huge stigma surrounding mental health and mental health issues. How can you help destroy the stigma and support those who need it?

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Put your posters up!

Tonight I witnessed something. Something that demonstrated to me, exactly what impact looks like. Without clicks, likes, comments or shares. Just face to face, real life human impact.

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Who Dares Loses

So it stands to reason that sport is something that all of us in Australia at some point have participated in, whether it be due to a competitive, sporting spirit…or reluctantly jumping into the car with our soccer gear in the middle of freezing July because our parents just wanted us to get out of the house. For me, my sport of choice was swimming. I am a nationally-ranked swimmer, state gold medallist, and proud wearer of Budgy Smugglers. Swimming has been a part of me since I was born. Because of my addiction for the sport, whenever there was swimming on the TV, I would be glued in front of the screen, cheering as loud as I could for the boys and girls representing the green and gold.

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Ungirly: a manifesto

Though I am an AFAB (assigned female at birth) and use the pronouns “she/her”, I have grappled with gender presentation my entire life. As a young child in Sri Lanka, I learned all about what it meant to be a girl. Girls loved pink lipstick, pink tutus, and ballet shoes.

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Dear victim of sexual assault: we need to talk

One in six women and one in thirty-three men will be raped in their lifetime. Australia has one of the highest rates of reported sexual assault in the world, yet the number of offenders who receive prison sentences is almost non-existent.

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Men, it’s okay to cry

As with most boys, I was taught growing up that crying was a form of weakness. When was the last time that you saw a grown man cry? I haven’t seen a man cry in some time, nor have I cried properly in years.

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I’m mad

I’m mad. I’m mad that my industry has let me down.

Media was meant to be fun – exciting, filled with creative types, and an opportunity to turn my passion into my occupation. This is what motivated me throughout my Bachelor degree and beyond. And at first, reality met my expectations: I created, with others, and I learnt so much, and it was beautiful. It was great. I relished in it, in all of it. In helping create, in learning from my peers, and in helping my colleagues

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