It's okay to not be okay…You’re not alone. Parenthood is a major change and sometimes, a major challenge in people’s lives. It's quite common and normal to experience symptoms of sadness and anxiety. The Stats; One in ten prenatal women suffer from some form of anxiety and depression. This figure rises to one in seven ladies once given birth. Let's not forget about the dads out there, with one in ten new fathers also experience a form of depression and anxiety. It's time to break the stigma around this very true, real, exhausting illness. So, let's start by taking a look at what can cause perinatal depression and...

Feeling down, stressed or anxious are all normal emotions for young people to experience. When these feelings persist for long periods of time or begin to interfere with work, study and social life, they may be considered part of a mental illness. If this sounds familiar, read on. Is it just me? If you’re struggling with mental illness, you’re not alone! Recent evidence shows that one in four people aged 15-19 years are currently living with a mental illness. Anxiety and depression have the highest prevalence among teens (AIHW, 2011). Where can I get help? If you think something isn't right, it's important...

Have you heard of “green exercise”? It’s a buzz word which refers to physical exercise undertaken in natural environments. So, what are the benefits of exercising outdoors? The benefits of exercising outdoors We all know that physical activity is great for our physical and mental health, but does it really matter where you do it? Well, kind of! Exercising anywhere is good for you, but research has shown that you may get additional benefits if you move your workout outside. Here are five reasons why you should consider exercising outside: 1. It improves your mood. There’s just something about the outdoors that makes us...

We often think about being “healthy” in terms of our bodies, and too often forget about our minds. So, what exactly is “mental health” and how can you look after yours? Let's take a look at why should exercise for mental health! What exactly is “Mental Health”? It’s a term that is thrown around a lot, but it’s also often misunderstood. According to the World Health Organization, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make...