Making your kids harder targets

I was going to start this post commenting on the increased media attention on Bullying these past couple of weeks but then I realised that really there has been consistent and increased attention given to this epidemic over the past few years.  I’d love to say that the increased attention was a result of growing awareness on the need to talk about these issues and reduce the stigma and incidence but I’m afraid that it’s more about a growing phenomena.

This month the ABC is focussing on Bullying and there are a number of great videos, tips, and resources for children, adolescents and adults who are victims of bullying. There are also strategies for parents to help their children and adolescents or for bystanders, family and friends on what they can do to help. And not one for shying away from the harder story they have also included strategies for parent’s of children who are bullying.

Click on the link above and check out the resources available. Or if you need more immediate assistance then contact Kids Helpline on  1800 55 1800, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or The Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 65 9467.

If you are looking for additional information as a parent then register your interest with us in the Making a Harder Target program for parents or the group program for children.


Starting all over again….

It’s with mixed emotions that I sit down tonight to write this blog post. This isn’t the first blog I’ve created, in fact it’s my third. My first attempt was a one-off blog post that I published after the loss of my first baby. Writing about the loss allowed me to work through some of my emotions at the time, which were all over the place, as well as making a statement about the need for society to recognise that the loss of an unborn child is legitimate. Other than my husband and a small handful of friends it went unread. Regardless it was the end of one journey and the start of a new one for me.

My second blog was far more grand in nature and it was part of my role as the Online Counsellor at the University of Newcastle. For the past 2.5 years I’ve developed, implemented and evaluated the online counselling services for the University of Newcastle. Blogging was just one part of this service but it gave me the opportunity to write about mental health, stigma, wellbeing, and student success for so many people who wouldn’t ordinarily reach out for support from a psychologist.

Now I’m starting all over again with my third blog for my own practice. I’m excited and terrified all at once. I’m owning and embracing both these emotions. I have no choice but to do this really. Whenever I think of taking the alternative route I hear myself saying to my friends, family, students and clients “Nothing worth doing is ever easy” and “If it doesn’t hurt then you’re not doing it right”.

So here I am writing my own blog again, for my own practice. I’m hoping that it will reach my friends, colleagues, family members, clients past, present and future and any member of the public who has ever felt mixed emotions. The site looks a little bare right now but stay tuned and you can watch it grow as the excitement starts to win over the terrors!