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Resilience is an attitude

Tuesday, 4 October 2022

The past few years have tested the human spirit in more ways than one. From the global pandemic to widespread flooding, communities across Australia have banded together to support each other through these challenging times. We recently spoke to EPIC Mental Health Consultant Alison Lowe about building resilience. She explains how focussing on opportunities, rather…
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How can volunteering lead to paid work?

Monday, 12 September 2022
There are several ways volunteering can progress your career. You can gain valuable skills, make industry connections, and impress employers. Volunteering can help forge your…

Tips to maintaining a healthy routine

Wednesday, 24 August 2022
Everyone has a routine. Maybe it is wake up, go to work, go home, and repeat. However, this kind of routine can quickly become unhealthy….

EPIC tips for finding a job you love

Monday, 20 June 2022
Finding a job you enjoy is a lot like moving into your dream home or organising a wedding. It requires careful planning, a lot of…

Misconceptions about bipolar disorder

Wednesday, 16 March 2022
Complex mental health conditions, such as bipolar are incredibly misunderstood. Whether it is due to a general lack of understanding or believing in damaging stereotypes…

Mental illness is a chronic illness

Friday, 7 January 2022
Chronic illness is a very broad label that encompasses a range of long-term health conditions. The causes of chronic conditions are varied and complex. Unlike…

Tune in to Mental Health this October

Friday, 1 October 2021
Tuning in to the world around us, as well as ourselves, provides a sense of clarity that is often lost in our busy lives. Practising…

Different ways to say R U OK?

Wednesday, 1 September 2021
Genuine conversations with our friends, family and colleagues are a vital step in combatting suicide and mental health issues. R U OK? Day is an…

There’s no one right way to seek help

Monday, 19 October 2020
Mental illness is the leading cause of disability in Australia, with one in five people experiencing mental health issues each year. It can be overwhelming…

Mental health blog series: Willow

Wednesday, 14 October 2020
In recognition of Mental Health Month EPIC has released a mental health blog series highlighting the stories of members of our EPIC community who have…

Mental health blog series: Rachel

Tuesday, 6 October 2020
In recognition of Mental Health Month EPIC has released a mental health blog series highlighting the stories of members of our EPIC community who have…

Mental health blog series: Michael

Friday, 2 October 2020
We love hearing updates from our job seekers and seeing what they can achieve with the right support crew backing them up. We recently heard…

Mental health blog series: Rebecca

Monday, 28 September 2020
October marks National Mental Health Month. The aim of this initiative is to advocate and raise awareness for mental health in Australia. With 1 in…

30 steps to prepare for a job interview

Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Congratulations! You’ve been asked to participate in a job interview. Interview preparation helps you feel more in control and appear cool and calm. It is…

30 tips for preparing your resume

Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Preparing your resume can seem like a daunting task. It can be hard to know where to start, so we’ve broken it down into 30…

30 ways to improve mental wellbeing

Monday, 11 May 2020
EPIC Assist (EPIC) is celebrating 30 years of service. We are proud to help and support people with a disability, injury, health condition, or mental…

New year resolutions, goals, tips…

Tuesday, 24 December 2019
The new year is always a great time to reflect on the year ahead. We asked EPIC staff what their resolutions, goals or tips were…

Mental health at Christmas time

Tuesday, 26 November 2019
For many, Christmas is a jovial time to celebrate with friends and family. However packed calendars, financial stress and the family issues that roll in…

Gardening more than just a job for Adam

Tuesday, 5 November 2019
We were thrilled to recently receive an update from one of our former job seekers, Adam Lopez. EPIC helped Adam secure work as a gardener…

Get creative to improve your mental health

Tuesday, 1 October 2019
In our busy and stressful lives, we often forget to set aside time for ourselves to be creative. Creative activity isn’t just a “fun thing…

Job search tips for high school students

Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Finding a part-time job while you are a high school student can be both exciting and scary. Knowing where to start can be difficult. While…

Maintaining your mental health as a new dad

Wednesday, 5 June 2019
Becoming a new dad can be scary, exciting, extremely challenging, and rewarding. With the transition to fatherhood comes a change in the dynamics in how…

How to manage stress and anxiety when studying

Monday, 20 May 2019
Everyone goes through stressful or anxious periods in their life. These are often in response to particularly demanding or worrying situations and usually pass when…

The 10 soft skills employers value the most

Monday, 11 March 2019
Every occupation requires a set of technical skills to do the job well. Car mechanics need to know how to repair and maintain engines. Administration…

Eat healthy on a budget

Friday, 22 February 2019
It can be tricky to know how to make healthy food choices while sticking to a budget. Convenience foods like frozen pastries and pies, chips, biscuits,…

How to succeed at online study

Tuesday, 5 February 2019
Online study is an amazing way to upskill and get a new qualification without upending your entire lifestyle. But it can also be a tough…

How to study smarter

Wednesday, 30 January 2019
Finding the most effective way to study is a lifelong commitment that requires time and patience. Everyone has different learning styles and abilities, so it…

Budgeting basics

Friday, 25 January 2019
Creating a basic budget can help you spend your money more wisely and maximise your savings. Create a basic budget A budget is a record…

What’s your learning style?

Friday, 25 January 2019
Everyone does things differently, and this is especially true for learning styles. When approaching study, some people may create flashcards and quiz their friends. Others…

Five interview skills to help you get hired

Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Interviews aren’t easy; they can be one of the most unnerving, challenging, and awkward environments you will ever find yourself in. But they’re not impossible…

What employers want in a cover letter

Tuesday, 22 January 2019
How important is a cover letter to employers? First impressions are essential when applying for a new job, and a cover letter is where employers…

Prioritising self-care

Friday, 12 October 2018
There are multiple challenges in life that can exacerbate stress, create disillusionment, and contribute to burnout. It is important that these challenges are managed in…

Giving boosts mental wellbeing

Friday, 12 October 2018
Giving is good for you There is a growing body of scientific evidence promoting the health benefits of helping others. Giving has been identified as…

The benefits of exercise on mental health

Wednesday, 10 October 2018
How important is exercise? Paired with good nutrition, we know physical activity is a key factor in maintaining mental wellbeing. But what is it about…

10 tips for developing resilience

Wednesday, 10 October 2018
We often hear people talking about the importance of resilience when responding to the problems that life sometimes throws at us. But what is resilience…

Feeling connected improves mental wellbeing

Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Why connect? Connecting is effective in contributing to overall mental wellness, while also helping keep mental health conditions like depression and anxiety in check. As…

Mindfulness boosts mental wellbeing

Friday, 5 October 2018
What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is one of those buzz words that we hear a lot these days. But what does it actually mean? Essentially it’s…

Developing a personal action plan

Tuesday, 5 June 2018
What do you want from life? What do you want to achieve? Goal setting helps us to become more aware and purposeful in making the…

Sleep your way to better mental health

Monday, 26 March 2018
Everyone knows that sleep is important. But what happens to our mental health without it? Sleep and mental health Sleep plays a large role in…

Lifestyle factors to improve mental health

Friday, 23 March 2018
You can become your own mental health supporter by taking steps towards a healthy lifestyle. In conjunction with your treatment options, incorporating healthy lifestyle changes…

Understanding bipolar disorder

Friday, 23 March 2018
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…

The importance of brave conversations

Friday, 23 March 2018
Any day is a good day to check in with family, friends or co-workers that may be experiencing mental health issues in silence. People who…

Gratitude for mental wellbeing

Friday, 23 March 2018
Positive psychology, a branch of psychology focusing on promoting wellbeing, has identified various simple and effective behaviours which can provide a range of benefits including…

Adjusting to parenthood

Friday, 23 March 2018
Up to 80 percent of women experience the ‘baby blues’ in the early days after giving birth. A new mum experiencing the baby blues often…

Being social is crucial to good health

Friday, 23 March 2018
By Peter Davis, Pharmacist and facilitator of the Caloundra Bi-polar support group Having a strong support network is a positive step toward achieving positive mental…

Mental Health of Australian Men

Friday, 23 March 2018
Each year approximately 1 in 5 Australians experience mental illness. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2007), the most common forms of mental illness…

Mental Health: Myth vs. Fact

Friday, 23 March 2018
Education and understanding are vital to helping empower people with mental illness. We’re dispelling some of the common myths about mental health. MYTH: Mental illness…

Career mentors steer you to your goals

Thursday, 22 March 2018
Mentors play an important role in the development of skills, experience and networks. A mentor may help us navigate uncharted territory in our jobs, provide…

How to reduce workplace stress

Thursday, 22 March 2018
Work stress can stem from many causes: long hours, heavy workload, job insecurity and conflict with colleagues. Not only does this have detrimental effects on…

How to choose your employment goals

Thursday, 22 March 2018
Deciding on your career goals can seem like a daunting task. Like many things, it becomes easier if you break it down into manageable, and…

7 tips to writing a great résumé

Thursday, 22 March 2018
Employers may spend very little time reading résumés, especially if they have hundreds of applicants for one position. This means that those who are shortlisted…

Improving productivity at work and at home

Thursday, 22 March 2018
Procrastination is so much easier than getting the job done. Everybody does it. Even the most organised people can sometimes find that the weight of…