Artists with disability have the power to move people, to speak truths, and to break down barriers in their community. Creating art is a responsibility that artist and advocate Zoe Hankins takes very seriously. “Unlike simple text or speech, a painting or a piece of music can reach deep into our … Read more about Art: the power to break down barriers
Donny has come a long way since teaming up with EPIC’s Upper Mount Gravatt team over 90 weeks ago. After being out of work for a couple of years, Donny was ready to find support and get back in the workforce. “I have depression, anxiety, sleep apnoea and Graves’ disease. I was out of work 2013 … Read more about “I have a long road to journey due to my illnesses, but I know I am not alone.” – Donny.
Everyone has tough times in their life, but not everyone chooses to make a career out of helping others through challenges. But that’s the story for Lesley, whose experience with us prompted her to pursue a career as a support worker. “I joined EPIC Maroochydore in 2015, and was assisted to find … Read more about “I am so much more confident in my work and personal life.” – Lesley
Everyone knows that sleep is important. But what happens to our mental health without it? Sleep plays a large role on our mental wellbeing and daily functioning. However inadequate sleep is quite common, affecting 33-45% of Australian adults. When it comes to the workplace, a report by the … Read more about Sleep your way to better mental health
Mental illness is a health concern that can significantly affect how a person thinks, feels, behaves and interacts with other people. With good mental health we are able to fully enjoy day-to-day life and appreciate the people around us. You can become your own mental health … Read more about Lifestyle factors to improve mental health
It’s natural to experience mood changes throughout life, depending on what’s happening in your day and in your life. Highs and lows are to be expected, but some people have extreme mood swings which significantly impact their ability to function day-to-day. If a person is experiencing ongoing … Read more about Understanding Bipolar Disorder
By Stacey Renouf, EPIC Assist Mental Health Consultant Work is good for mental health. Meaningful work expands our sense of self-worth and independence while adding skills that help us accomplish goals. Meaningful work, which can include employment, study or volunteer work, also … Read more about Mental health in people on the autism spectrum
Suicide is the leading cause of death in Australians aged between 15 and 44 (ABS, Causes of Death, 2015). Latest studies show that these statistics are the highest that they have been in over 10 years. Approximately 8 Australian’s will end their lives every day. This equates to around 2-3 every … Read more about Suicide in Australia: how you can help