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Beyond Blue fact-checks anxiety and depression treatments

29 Jun 2020

Beyond Blue has released two new booklets designed to help people separate fact from fiction about what really works for managing anxiety and depression.

Two free Beyond Blue online booklets – A guide to what works for anxiety and A guide to what works for depression – review and rate the scientific evidence available for 440 psychological, medical and complimentary approaches used to treat anxiety and depression.

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If you live in the City of Port Phillip and would like some help

City of Port Phillip Council is continuing to support the community, particularly our most vulnerable members, during the COVID-19 outbreak by continuing to provide assistance and key services including:

  • aged care and disability services
  • social support
  • food services.
  • medicine services
  • emergency and relief packages

 Ask Izzy

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MAY 2020   l   VOL 14


The official monthly newsletter curated by our top staff

Hello everyone

We hope you are all well and staying safe.  We are still providing our remote technical support and training at reduced rates whilst in isolation.

For our Home clients, whilst you are in isolation it is a good time to clean up and synchronise your devices, perform a security check and tune up, migrate to the cloud, review your phone and internet plans, or create photo books!  We can help you with all of this remotely, so now is a good time to get this done and take advantage of our reduced rates.

For our Small Business Clients, now is a good time to also perform a security audit, review IT systems to ensure efficiency, create a regular security maintenance plan for your business, transform your digital space, upgrade your equipment for greater performance, and review your phone and internet plans – We saved one of our clients $7,000 per annum doing a phone and internet review.  You can also take advantage of our reduced remote support rates to get this work done.

In the meantime there are plenty of extra curricula activities for all to take part in whilst in isolation.  Here are few we love and wish to share with you to break the ‘groundhog day’ blues.


Here are a sample of the many free activities and places you can visit online from the comfort of your own home.  Just click on the names underlined below to open each website. You can access the complete newsletter via the link below:

JUNE 2020   l   VOL 15


Hello everyone

We are pleased to announce that we are able to loan a number of iPads and laptops for FREE to seniors who do not have a device over the next six months, in order to help them stay connected with their family, friends, community and events.

If you have a parent, grandparent, neighbour or friend who qualifies and would benefit from having a free device with internet for 3-6 months, please email us on or call our office on 03 9596 4547.

In the meantime please find below some helpful tips we have put together for you.

STORING YOUR PASSWORDS – a tip for everyone!

We highly recommend that you have:

  • strong passwords of at least 8 characters using a combination of upper case, lower case, numbers and symbols,
  • different passwords for different accounts,
  • change them regularly,
  • where possible enforce 2-step verification – especially for your banking, shopping, email and social media accounts, and
  • store your passwords in a safe place.

We know this takes time and you are probably wondering where you should store your passwords.  Please do not store your passwords in a word document or notes or other file on your devices.

Either do this the old fashioned way – have them written down in an address book.  Write the passwords in pencil so you can change them easily when you regularly change your passwords, and store this address book in a safe and secure place away from your devices.

Or use a cloud password keeper such as LastPass, 1password or the password keeper in your antivirus program if your antivirus program provides this feature.  If you do use a cloud password keeper, make sure it provides the 2-step verification feature to access all of your passwords.

2-step means when you enter your password, a code is sent to your mobile phone.  This code needs to be entered into the log in screen on your device in order to access all of your passwords.  If 2-step is on, you need the password and your mobile phone to access your accounts.
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July 2020

Bits & Bites

We’re shaking things up this month with our brand new poll! You can find it at the bottom of this email. But first, find out why you need to cover your webcam, get the lowdown on online tracking, and a helpful guide to ransomware.

Time to cover your webcam?
The FBI are doing it, Tom Hanks is doing it (probably, we’re not sure), and you need to be doing it too. Cover your webcam!  Here’s why…

Are you being tracked online?
The answer to that question is a resounding yes. Online tracking happens for lots of reasons, some good and some (okay mostly all) bad. Let’s take a look at why.

Let us know what you’d like to read about next month

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ABC NEWS Healthy foods can help prevent and treat depression

Worldwide, more than 300 million people live with depression.

Without effective treatment, the condition can make it difficult to work and maintain relationships with family and friends.

Depression can cause sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, and a lack of interest in activities that are usually pleasurable. At its most extreme, it can lead to suicide.

Depression has long been treated with medication and talking therapies — and they’re not going anywhere just yet. But we’re beginning to understand that increasing how much exercise we get and switching to a healthy diet can also play an important role in treating — and even preventing — depression.

So what should you eat more of, and avoid, for the sake of your mood?

Ditch junk food

Research suggests that while healthy diets can reduce the risk or severity of depression, unhealthy diets may increase the risk.

Of course, we all indulge from time to time but unhealthy diets are those that contain lots of foods that are high in energy (kilojoules) and low on nutrition. This means too much of the foods we should limit:

  • processed and takeaway foods
  • processed meats
  • fried food
  • butter
  • salt
  • potatoes
  • refined grains, such as those in white bread, pasta, cakes and pastries
  • sugary drinks and snacks.

The average Australian consumes 19 serves of junk food a week, and far fewer serves of fibre-rich fresh food and wholegrains than recommended. This leaves us overfed, undernourished and mentally worse off.

By Megan Lee

ABC Your Mental Health

Pandemic. Disaster. Recession. Protests. Isolation. Loss. Anxiety.

Over the last six months many of us have had our lives change in ways we would never have imagined might be possible. Among those hit hardest have been young people, vulnerable communities and those living alone.

But despite all these difficulties, there are remarkable moments that offer hope. The ABC has heard from people helping each other, communities coming together and individuals learning to cope with a ‘new normal’.

Over the next six weeks, we’ll bring you these stories. We want to help you feel connected, inspired and supported.

We’re also going to share podcasts, videos and other content that may help you manage your own mental health and support those in your life who are struggling.

Let’s get started.

ABC Your Mental Health

Your brain on nature

Many of us find spending time in the great outdoors can be calming, and studies have shown that connecting with the natural world can help improve your mood.

It turns out you don’t need to get out on a day-long bush walk to get your nature hit. Simple interactions with nature – like heading to the park, looking out a garden or having indoor plants in your home – have been found to be good for your mental health.

Sarah was bushwalking with friends when she had a light bulb moment, realising that nature could help her as she recovered from a recent brain injury.

“I discovered that spending time in the natural environment also lifted the depression and anxiety triggered by being away from work for so long, with no idea when I would return.”

The anxious shrink

Dr Mark Cross understands anxiety viscerally. Not only is he a psychiatrist, he’s also lived with the condition nearly all his life. And he’s made the decision to be open about his struggle – a rare move for a doctor. His latest book is called ‘Anxiety: Expert Advice from a Neurotic Shrink Who’s Lived With Anxiety All His Life’’.

Anxiety by Cross, Dr Mark, ABC Books

Expert Advice from a Neurotic Shrink Who’s Lived with Anxiety All His Life

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ABC Your Mental Health

Starting a conversation about your mental health can be incredibly difficult.

Despite growing awareness of mental health issues, many of us still find it very difficult to share what’s happening for us.

When Emily started a relationship with her boyfriend, she knew she needed to be honest with him.

“I consider myself to be very open talking about experience with mental health, but at the same time if you meet someone and you want them to like you, it’s kind of scary disclosing things that are really vulnerable.”

She was nervous about opening up, but she found the that sharing her experiences brought them closer together and has allowed him to be supportive.

When and how to tell your new partner about your mental health

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Brain Changer: The Good Mental Health Diet
by Felice Jacka

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  11 reviews
‘This is a fascinating book, by a leading researcher, covering one of the most exciting areas of modern nutritional research – how what we eat impacts our gut and brain. The combination of personal stories and cutting edge science is a real winner.’ Michael Mosley

You feel how you eat.
We accept that the quality of our diet affects the health of our heart and liver. S

Psychiatric Times July 2020 Edition

Does Insomnia Predict the Onset of Mental Illness?

Does Insomnia Predict the Onset of Mental Illness?

July 11, 2020

Because insomnia is a syndrome marked by chronic sleep onset and/or continuity problems associated with impaired daytime functioning, it is important that clinicians screen for sleep issues in their patients.  You can access the Psychiatric Times via the link below:

Hoarding Home Solutions Newsletter 28 July 2020