Posted: 23 January 2020
My daughter drew this picture of me. I am wearing a beanie and a jumper that my mum knitted. Knitting is a tradition in my family. My Grandmother first taught me to knit when I was six years old. I grew up wearing hand knits, lovingly crafted by my mum and both grandmothers. My
Posted: 1 October 2019
What is a diagnosis? What is your view about it? Does it work for you? What value does it have? Is diagnosis necessary? Can you say no to a diagnosis? What impact does it have? How do you share a diagnosis with someone? How do we talk about diagnosis? What is the future of diagnosis?
Posted: 23 September 2019
Self-harm can feel like an overwhelming and complex topic, and can sometimes be difficult to talk and open up about. Below you will find articles, videos and stories to explore different views and understandings about self-harm. Some will explore the different ways in which people view self-harm, others are the stories of people who have
Posted: 10 September 2019
Don’t know what to expect from our ‘Making Sense of your Senses’ course? Read on to find out what Rick has to say about his experience. “I had always thought that stress levels in people stemmed from emotional and cognitive loads, but the session helped me realise that people’s levels of stress could be an
Posted: 2 September 2019
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Posted: 27 August 2019
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Posted: 26 August 2019
dc: How would you describe sensory work? Olivia: There’s lots of different terms for it – sensory modulation, sensory strategies, sensory whatever (Ha!). It’s so broad and can be used in so many ways. dc: For someone who might not quite understand, what is an example of a sensory strategy? Olivia: A strategy could
Posted: 23 August 2019
dc: What do you think makes our courses different in mental health? Anne: The depth that goes into the preparation and planning of these course is very impressive. I could tell you that it’s highly professional but it is also that when you come along to a course, the course embraces you. You feel comfortable,
Posted: 21 August 2019
We’ve got a course – What is it About Medication? – which tries and looks at all the different perspectives and experiences to do with taking medication for mental health. Take it. Don’t take it. Take it for awhile and then slowly come off. Meditate instead of medicate. Listen to one doctor. Listen to another.
Posted: 20 August 2019
When I was asked to co-facilitate a mindfulness course at discovery college, I didn’t even know how to envision it. What does discovery college even mean? Is it a group of people talking about feelings or is it a prestigious university? And am I even qualified to talk about mindfulness when the attendees probably know
Posted: 6 August 2019
Sometimes as humans we feel vulnerable. This can bring up challenges for us that make us feel really uncomfortable or feel a bit distressed, maybe?” The Wellness Plan is simply an opportunity for people to think about what might be of value to them in work & life. Regardless of who you are, your position
Stirring up some self care with Sam As a clinical psychologist at headspace, people often ask what I do for self-care, particularly during really stressful times. Well, one thing I do is bake. It is only fitting that ‘desserts’ is ‘stressed’ spelled backwards! The step-by-step process of baking and, of course, people enjoying the end
Posted: 1 August 2019
Sometimes, the start of a journey can be quite confusing & I wonder how a course at discovery college could be helpful & shift the trajectory for someone’s lived or professional journey. dc: Danny, you have been a champion for discovery college from the very beginning, from your perspective, what value do you see in
Posted: 9 July 2019
Lucy shares with us what it felt like to share her experience of psychosis with the community. “When I first found myself in a place where I could say ‘I feel recovered’ I had a strong gut feeling I guess more than anything to help other people that were in my position, or a similar
Mark tells us about his experience of Making Sense of your Senses. I did the Making Sense of your Senses course because I really wanted to do It after talking to Ash about it because she’d done the course a few months before. I didn’t really know exactly what it was, like I’d made some
Posted: 8 July 2019
Here are a couple of things to try if you’re interested in learning about how the senses can affect wellbeing: Think about what you drink: What do you drink to get you going? What drinks calm you down? Try experimenting with different drinks at different times of the day. Some people want caffeine to jump
Coproducing and facilitating the ‘What is Creativity?’ course allowed me to explore how I use creativity in my daily life and the value that creativity adds to my wellbeing. My most creative outlet is my garden. For me, my garden allows me the space to process my day, work with my hands and have a
Posted: 1 July 2019
I’m not creative! was a story Bianca used to tell herself but we sat & had a chat with her about how she found the space to explore what creativity is & what it brings to her life & wellbeing. dc: So Bianca, what is creativity? Bianca: Ha! That’s a big one to start with!
Posted: 11 June 2019
Winnie wears many hats; clinician, facilitator & above all human. We sat & had a chat with her about her perspective on the ripple effect, focus on the family & what it is like to facilitate a discovery college course. dc: If you could describe dc in one sentence, what would you say? Winnie: That
Posted: 6 June 2019
As a parent, Lindy has ridden the waves of mental health with her family, so we sat & had a chat with her about animals, the ripple effect & the importance of humour. dc: If you could describe dc in one sentence, what would you say? Lindy: Oooo, revelation-ary! dc: (laughs) That is such a