Mental Illness unfortunately doesn’t have boundaries. It doesn’t matter if you are rich, poor, educated, non educated etc. Anyone can suffer it any time.
Having my second child, presented many challenges. Ones that would later define my mental health and put me into a mother and babies unit. Admitting defeat and being placed there was the last thing that I ever wanted but it was the way it happened.
Once we uncover our ‘passion’ there’s no stopping what we can achieve, right? Popular culture tells us that harnessing our ‘passion’ will unlock the secrets to the universe. Destiny will be our guiding light and we’ll be jumping out of bed with a purpose-driven zest for life that will make everything before seem like a dress rehearsal.
On Thursday the 26th of November, Women’s Health and Wellbeing Services was very proud and excited to launch the new arm of the organisation.
Covid has brought with it many things, it is easy to list the negatives that come with a pandemic. For a minute I want to look at some of the positives that (Gosnells Women’s Health Service trading as) WHWS has experienced as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions.
Women’s Health and Wellbeing Services with sponsorship from the City of Gosnells launched a new recreation program in February 2020 called Wellness Warriors. The program aims to support women in their quest to achieve stronger physical and mental health.
Anxiety didn’t really rear its ugly head for me until after I had my kids and the sleep deprivation really kicked in.
Living a life mindfully is like looking through a camera lens to appreciate the vibrant colours of the landscape or savouring the array of flavours while eating a delicious meal. It can feel like being immersed in an experience without distraction.
In the month of October, staff member Melanie ran a campaign for Frocktober (https://www.frocktober.org.au/) and raised over $1400. What is Frocktober? Frocktober is an annual event run by the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF; https://www.ocrf.com.au/) to raise much needed funds (research is severely underfunded) and awareness about ovarian cancer.
March 8th saw us celebrate International Women’s Day. In the lead up, we put a call out to our WHWS community, for contributions of any kind, to see what the women in our area have been up to. We were so pleased with the contributions sent in and we really thank each of you who took the time to share with us your talents.
I never thought I could be passionate about periods, but after seeing a hilarious and heartfelt show at this year’s Fringe festival called ‘My Greatest Period Ever’, I’m considering it. Lucy Peach along with her sweetly attentive husband balance witty self-disclosures, songs, stories diagrams and cartoons to tell the epic monthly tale of a period – in a way that has every woman hooting with recognition and relief.
Last year I lost a dear friend to ovarian cancer. Her name was Tam (but she had changed her name to Ocean Moore-Sparkle, because that’s the kind of amazing woman she was, her maiden name was Moore and she believed there should be more sparkle in everyone’s life!) She was amazing!