Wellbeing

Look Out, Check In, Speak Up

Sep 7, 2022

When someone’s sick or injured we usually know whether we need a band aid, a trip to the doctor, or a call to 000. However, many of us aren’t as confident when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. The good news is the more familiar you are with your own mental health and…

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It’s OK to seek help

Aug 18, 2022

“The thing I’d like people to know, especially if you’re a male, is it’s okay to seek help,” says Dave*, an ordinary outback Aussie bloke who struggled through years of depression and anxiety. “The first step is by far the toughest step that you’ll have to take.” “It’s not always…

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Telehealth helped Julie overcome depression and loneliness

Aug 18, 2022

Long time Central West Queensland resident Julie* was referred to Outback Futures by the local nurse navigator with symptoms of long term depression. Julie was over 70 years of age, lived alone in a small remote community, and expressed feelings of extreme loneliness. She had trouble leaving the house due…

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Just one thing

Jun 6, 2022

It’s easy for us to feel overwhelmed by life… Our days can be full of choices, decisions, responsibilities and options…Phew! When we get overwhelmed we can feel stuck and struggle to see things clearly and with perspective, so here’s a simple activity that can help: List all the things you…

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Navigating life’s roadblocks

Jun 6, 2022

Everyone experiences changes and challenges in life. Some of us can move through life’s roadblocks in the same way we navigate roadworks – we slow down a bit, pay attention to the new path, try a detour, keep on going even if we can’t see when the roadworks end, and…

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How we’re bucking the staff turnover trend

May 16, 2022

Outback Futures’ team of occupational therapists, speech therapists, literacy and learning professionals, counsellors and psychologists provide regular and accessible support to people living on properties or in remote communities through the Stay with Me phone/video connect service. Selena Gomersall | Chief Advocacy Officer, Psychologist When we talk about mental health…

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Get a good fit for you

Apr 26, 2022

For many of us, it takes a good dose of courage to seek help. So, when we work up the guts to talk with someone and it’s not helpful or a positive experience, it can be easy to think ‘that was useless, what’s the point?‘    Looking after our mental health…

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Helping your kids navigate the detours

Apr 19, 2022

Disruptions to a regular routine can be unsettling and frustrating for kids of all ages. Kids feel the emotions of the adults around them, so take time to acknowledge and regulate your own feelings about this detour. Here’s some tips for parents and caregivers as you help your kids navigate detours.  …

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Why you’ll see our utes, but not our buildings

Apr 19, 2022

Ever wondered why you’ll see our Outback Futures utes out and about, but no Outback Futures buildings? We know what works for people in cities and larger regional centres often doesn’t work in the bush.  So we’ve listened and talked with people in our bush communities and together developed a…

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5 Things to help a mate

Apr 19, 2022

Here’s some things you can do when you know a mate’s not doing great. They’re simple things, but not necessarily easy to do. Tough conversations can be hard, but a little awkwardness is worth it to make sure our mates know we care… Ask how they’re doing – then ask…

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