Tag Archives: mental health

Empathy Ocean

In the past I have written about empathy, a whole blog in fact trying to decipher or organise the emotion in my own head – you can read it here later. It suggests with some, that have varying degrees of mental health struggles, their empathy siren can be louder than most.

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Mr. Perfect on Booze

This blog post appeared originally at the Hello Sunday Morning website here.

 

Terry Cornick, a.k.a. ‘Mr. Perfect‘, talks about his dad, being a dad and how drinking and mental health tie into the whole story.

That sweet amber nectar. It can taste like “liquid gold,” I tell my wife after my first sip of a cold ale. I chime in with trademark sarcasm, such as, “I don’t normally drink, but go on, then.” The perfect accompaniment to a celebration, a new birth, birthday, marriage, religious celebration (some), promotion, divorce (?!) and sporting victory.

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The Runaway Train

This blog also appeared this week on the Mr. Perfect Blog page here.

 

A short reflection this week.

I was in a pub on Saturday afternoon celebrating our team’s Grand Final win.

A mate and I were chatting about being a parent. Except this mate has a fluffy baby.

A dog.

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Jeff

Over the past 18 months, coincidentally or not round about since I have been married, I’ve found substantially more contentment, and peace. I’ve started to take care of my mental health and noticed I have become increasingly empathetic of others.

Although it’s a drop in the ocean compared to those that dedicate their life to others, I’ve got involved with charity more and tried where possible to help those they really need it. Whether it is advice, an ear to listen or just a smile and acceptance.

homeless-man

Source: Photo from http://www.thisblewmymind.com

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Analysing Amy

Two years ago I sat on a long-haul flight back from the UK after seeing my Dad for the last time before he passed away.

I was already slightly emotional but also relieved. As I tucked into a red wine on the Abu-Dhabi to Sydney leg, I impatiently flicked through the movie library, as I usually did, frustrated there were few decent documentaries to watch.

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The Docceroos: Chasing the American Dream

Hearts were broken, dreams were dashed and around the world boomerang shaped-tears dripped into pots of Fosters beer when Australia bowed out of the World Cup.

Of course I am talking about the 2015 World Medical Football Federation Championships (also known as the Morell Cup after Spanish Doctor and Founder, Ferran Morell). And obviously I am talking about the infamous Docceroos. As the Matilda’s arguably enjoyed a higher billing in Canada, Australia’s Medics played in front of a slightly lesser crowd (give or take 50,000 people).

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Source: http://www.sbs.com.au – originally supplied by the Docceroos

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My GP Journey

Only as recently as 18 months ago and hitting the big three-zero did I start to take my health seriously.

Ironically despite working in the health industry for the past 6 years I was particularly good at telling others what they should do but put up the classic male bravado when it came to health; refusing to go the doctor until I could not get out of bed and telling myself “it will go away”.

GoodGP

Source: RACGP / Youtube – Originally appearing at http://www.crikey.com.au here
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