Thank you for sharing your story. As a psychiatrist, I feel so strongly about the need for prominent people to speak up about mental illness to decrease the shame and stigma that sadly still exists. We don't tell people with diabetes to 'man up' and having a mental illness is no different.
Wishing you all the best. - Dawn Barker
Bravo Adam! The world needs more people like you. My gorgeous dad has bipolar and mental illness has always been on my radar because of that, and I work with clients to combat anxiety, but the ignorance out there still astounds me and you're right, there is much work to be done. e.g. insurance companies won't cover people for anything (e.g. breaking a leg) if they have a history of depression or some other mental illness.
I have clients who won't put their sessions through Medicare or health insurance, even if they're entitled, because of this reason and generally being worried about being 'found out'.
If I had a dollar for everyone who sat on my couch and thought they were the only ones with the problem (because no one talks about it, admits to it or gives a real picture of what it's like, like you just have), well let's just say I wouldn't have to work!! :)
Thanks so much and I hope next week brings a sense of lightness and joy with the show again - great work with Studio 10 by the way, focusing on just these issues.
Jacqui Manning aka The Friendly Psychologist - Jacqui Manning- The Friendly Psychologist
In Norway too, you can get all kinds of food at the door if there is pizza, grocery etc., then it is because you call first and get it delivered, so if you do not want garbage food at the door so do not order it, everyone knows that Mcdonald food is fattening, unhealthy, as other food deliveries at the door, i don`t think they take advantage of people, they just do the same as others. It is up to yourself what kinda food u order 0.0 If u order food from your home u don`t get out of the door, and when u use the drive thru u don`t get out of your car, same shit.... u get fat anyway.. 0.o - Tone May
Laugh if you will Johnsie but you only have to look to the USA to see where tea party politicking leads to. That once great democracy is now in a shambles. There are now two Americas, not one. The greedy and the hungry.
To be successful a liberal democracy like the one Australians aspire to requires a social compact between the haves and have nots. Capitalists sharing the wealth. The poor should not earn less they should earn more. They will spend it on the junk that capitalism creates in any case and so the money is returned to the pot. And if a worker is worth less then a living wage then all human beings are worth less, including yourself.
In the US, capitalists was allowed free rein and look what happened. The results are in front of us. Profit is not the measure by which a society can live and thrive. It is the best elements of socialism and capitalism, the marriage of opposites, that will help our democracy survive and thrive.
Check out America, Johnsie, and see if I'm not right. - Rhoda
Joy Cooper - Dec 3. I note no one has had the decency to answer your question despite knowing the answer.
Yes the coalition objective is the same as Labors, to reduce emissions by 5% of 1990 levels. So only a furphy from an egregious govt if you label the ALP the same.
And no, emissions aren't currently less than 1990 despite the actions you point out. This is because the population has grown substantially since that time. - Johnsie
I wish there was a like comment there is a few comments I really do agree with. - cat
I'm totally with Rosemary on this one. We have a health crisis in this country called obesity and McDonald's should be called out for their sinister targeting of socially disadvantaged areas.
However, I wouldn't exactly call McDonald's ' low cost.' My (healthy weight) kids are allowed it once a week (for some inexplicable reason they like it) and for 4 medium-sized meals it costs $40. It's expensive to eat crap. - Benison O'Reilly
I agree to a point. I will sign a petition if it's something I feel passionately about, but If we sign up for every 'worthy' cause it dilutes our voice, making us look more like serial complainers rather than the genuinely committed. I pick my battles. - Benison O'Reilly
I have an excellent book on this subject 'The secret life of money' by Valerie WIlson , 1999 Allen & Unwin.
We really need to talk more about money! - Melissa
Lol Sandy. The women who is unworthy of the title Minister, most certainly used the remark. You know as well as I that if it were one of the Government doing the same thing to a women you supported, there would be outrage and blood on the floor. But the double standards of the left are no surprise.
Imagine a world in which everyone behaved with the standards you apparently condone.
Lol Rhoda, the moment you use the term fascism to describe a marginally right of centre government (who in 80% of cases supported the ALP on the floor of the house) you demonstrate either a complete lack of understanding of definition, or you are a fundamentalist fanatic akin to your description of the coalition. - Johnsie
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