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Talking About Sexual Consent

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Sexual consent has become a big topic of interest and only more so with the “me too” movement. More recently it has made news with new consent laws coming into place in NSW. Which poses the question will all the other states follow suit?

Sexual consent is the permission given to do anything of sexual nature. In Australia, we have laws regarding sexual consent including the age of consent. These laws are set by each state and slightly vary. An example of this is the age of consent. In all states except for Tasmania and South Australia the age of consent is 16, in Tasmania and South Australia however the age of consent is 17. This means that it is against the law to have sex with someone who is under that age and doing so is a criminal offence. 

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Review: Tomorrow Woman Workshop

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Tomorrow Woman is an organisation that runs workshops and events for women of all ages across schools, community clubs and everything in between. You might have heard of Tomorrow Man this is the female version. The aim of these workshops is to leave you feeling empowered, not alone and making mental health not a taboo topic.  When given the opportunity to attend one of these workshops Barty Mental Health Officer, Erin jumped at the chance it was called: Gather done in partnership with Tomorrow Woman, along with the following description: ‘We'll have a casual and honest conversation about exploring the...

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Vices, Stress and Healthy Coping Mechanisms

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Stress isn’t something new. With around 15% of Australians experiencing high or very high levels of psychological stress (according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics) and it can be seen as modern society’s illness. While stress is often seen as a bad thing, we need it to survive, and it can be a good thing; keeping us alert when we sense danger and keeping us motivated. However, when we deal with stress for prolonged periods, it can have negative impacts. Many things cause us stress, from work to busy schedules to family drama. How we choose to deal with stress varies on the person, with many people turning to unhelpful coping mechanisms, also known as vices.

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How Do We Measure Mental Illness

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The definition of mental illness as defined by the Australian Institute of Health and Wellness is the following: a clinically diagnosable disorder that significantly interferes with a person’s cognitive, emotional, or social abilities. 

1 in 5 adults in Australia experience a mental illness every year with it being estimated that 45% of Australians will be affected by mental illness at some time in their life. As with many diseases, there is a spectrum and, in some people, it can be severe and noticeable and in others mild and not noticeable. There are many different types of mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Each illness can alter the persons’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in distinct ways with specific characteristics being related to a type of mental illness.

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The Impacts That Covid has had on Mental Health

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In 2020 Covid hit our shores with it bringing lockdowns, isolation, panic buying, masks, fear and uncertainty. It also brought a time for the world to heal, with it giving scientists a once in a lifetime opportunity to observe what happens when you take humans out of the world and see animals reclaim what was once theirs. 

David Attenborough was barely able to contain his excitement in his documentary The Year Earth Changed looked in-depth at the positive impact Covid had on the world due to all the lockdowns and reduced travel.

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