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SuicideLine Victoria provides phone and online counselling for anyone struggling with their mental health including anxiety, depression, feeling low, stressed or having suicidal thoughts.

SuicideLine Victoria has a number of resources available that can help you through this difficult time. If it is an emergency call 000.

Myths

Myths about schizophrenia

It’s Schizophrenia Awareness Week and there are many misunderstandings about schizophrenia; what it is and how it affects people. SuicideLine Victoria is working to reduce the stigma of schizophrenia by looking at the most common myths and comparing them to the facts.

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What is schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects brain function. Specifically, it affects thoughts, behaviour, language, and perception. A person with schizophrenia has an altered perception of reality, meaning they may have trouble distinguishing between what is real and what is not. Read on to understand the symptoms and treatment of schizophrenia.

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Mental health week

This Sunday is World Mental Health Day and the start of Mental Health Week in Australia. The theme this year is Do You See What I See? It’s a campaign that challenges some of the stereotypes and perceptions of mental illness.

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Is your New Year's resolution still on track?

New Year’s resolutions are fundamentally about changing something in ourselves that we may have struggled with until now. If those changes were easy to make, so many of us wouldn’t be making a special commitment.

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World Suicide Prevention Day

Working Together to Prevent Suicide is 2018’s theme for World Suicide Prevention Day, chosen intentionally as it highlights the most essential ingredient for effective global suicide prevention – collaboration.

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World Suicide Prevention Day - Take a minute, change a life

World Suicide Prevention Day is about taking the time to notice what’s happening with your family, friends and workmates.

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World Suicide Prevention Day - Stigma around suicide

While attention and support for mental health and mental illness continue to grow, and positive steps are being taken, the stigma around suicide continues.

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World mental health day

World Mental Health Day is on 10 October. Here in Australia, 1 in 5 people are affected by mental illness. Here is some advice from Mental Health Australia on things you can do, to help improve your mental health.

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Tips to help you make that change

Making a New Year’s resolution this year? Make sure it is realistic, set short-term goals, be accountable for your actions and understand that failure is part of the process. It is never too late to change!

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RU OK? Day

Today is RU OK? Day, a chance to start a conversation with a friend who is struggling to cope. If you’ve noticed your friend is less chatty than usual or avoiding social activities, trust your gut instinct and ask them how they are going.

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Depression

What is depression?

Depression is an intense feeling of sadness that lasts for a long time, sometimes weeks, months or years. If you are depressed, it can start to interfere with your personal and work life, your wellbeing and physical health. Here we ask, what is depression, and what are the symptoms?

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Anxiety

What are the symptoms of anxiety and what can cause anxiety?

Many of us feel anxious when we have a stressful event or situation coming up, and we are worried about it. This feeling is temporary and usually goes away after the event or situation has ended. Anxiety is when that feeling of anxiousness does not go away and is long term. Find out more about the symptoms of anxiety and what can cause anxiety.

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