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Why Simone Biles can Show us That Mental Health is Just as Important as Physical Health

Posted by Erin Fischer on

On Tuesday night one of the greatest gymnasts Simone Biles pulled out of the team finals at the Olympics, shocking everyone. It (unsurprisingly) made headlines around the world when she decided to withdraw from the competition. Simone Biles has taken the sport to new levels (literally) but has also struggled mentally. She has been open about her mental health and how she struggled when the Olympics were postponed to this year and the toll that took. So, while it was still a shock it didn’t come as a complete surprise when it was revealed she withdrew from the competition due to mental health reasons.

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What if we Treated Mental Health Like we do Physical Health

Posted by Erin Fischer on

A few years ago I broke an ankle, I fell down 3 steps (it was a dim stairwell) on my TAFE campus and next thing I knew I was on the floor with my handbag and study materials surrounding me. I didn’t know it was broken for a couple of weeks as I honestly thought it was just a sprain, so when I finally decided to see my doctor it came as a shock when he sent me off for x-rays. I actually found out I had an avulsion fracture when I was in Sydney at an event for ReachOut after I had spent all day on my feet. So, I got to spend 13 weeks in a moonboot (above photo is of me in said moonboot) along with regular physio appointments and having to do daily exercises. Random people would ask me what I did when they saw me in my moon boot, they wanted to know how my treatment was going, what my physio was saying, the exercises I was doing and how long until it would be fully healed, it became a point of daily conversation.

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It Took More Than a Heart Attack to Get Matty Matheson Sober

Posted by Bart Jawien on

This is a must watch, it's about one of my most favorite and comical chefs, the talented @Matty Matheson telling his story pre & post his heart attack, as well as his journey of destruction, mental health and today 9 years 100% dry.

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Coffee and Mental Health

Posted by Erin Fischer on

I have a confession to make, I have never been a coffee drinker and honestly, it’s only since working for Barty that I have slowly gotten a taste for it, but it has to be the Peruvian Decaf blend (I joke we should rename it the Erin blend). I think partly this is due having never had good coffee, but also due to my body not being able to handle it. One of my first experiences with coffee was having a cappuccino with my dad and feeling sick after it due to the milk (I’m dairy intolerant which is accumulative, so I have never been a big dairy person) and also on edge due to the caffeine. So, I just avoided it and while I love the smell of coffee beans, I just couldn’t bring myself to drink it. But thanks to Bart I am slowly coming round, and I often enjoy a cup of it (I drink it black sometimes with a bit of sugar).

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Looking at Different Mental Health Services and What Sets Barty Apart

Posted by Erin Fischer on

It’s so easy to get overwhelmed when looking at mental health services online and trying to figure out what one would be the best fit for you, also now that Barty has come onto the market what sets us apart and why do we need yet another mental health service.

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