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A Safe Space To Shelter During Troubled Times

Available: Online every second Thursday evening, Working Towards Zero Suicide. The Shelter is staffed by volunteering clinical and lived experience experts collaboratively. The group was one of the first such alternative to ED options and endured years of training, consultation and networking. The group is led largely by members of the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention Collaborative (COORDINARE) and provide a welcoming online space or referral to a physical Safe Space operated and advocates for by participating Collaborative members. So all this together amounts to a pretty solid support to assist people experiencing or affected by suicidality and is non-judgemental and non-clinical – equal space – to buy time during a traumatic to suicide crisis or even to put a hand up in need and attend without any expectations other than to keep sound to the spirit of the lived experience non-judgemental approach. Highly recommended for SE-NSW and beyond, though even by making enquiries Shelter can assist. For precise details please consult the information contained on the group’s flyer !!!


Slideshow: ADHD in Adults

It’s not often we look to explain many clinical disorders in terms of ADD/ADHD though in some cases can be seem as an appropriate explanation for those who primarily experience problems to do with adequate daily living and the challenges experienced in regard to time as nd organisation and so on. We can choose to go pharmacological or behavioural in such instances, combine or examine the disorders increasingly through the lense of neuroscientific diagnosis, treatment and related technologies. The link below examines, in simplistic terms, the disorder within the context of a comparison of the two main go-to medications, adderal and Vyvanse. The former is comprised of various amphetamine salts believed to help correct neurological and neurochemical deficiencies, often due to genetic aetiologies. The article helps us to understand how ADD and ADHD presents in adults, often in an easily discernable psychosocial manner. The risks and benefits are outlined as ought be the case in the provision of any chemical treatment rationale and regimin.



‘Assessment of childhood family and attachment patterns resulting from bonding’ – in the context of historic change and stress can often provide insight to coping difficulties in the here and now.  Some are okay with change and adjust quickly, whilst others are more reactive to streeors and lean on partners dependently, or are mixed or they have learned to respond with anger to relational and objections change.  Educating couples on this can assist with problems and opportunities by helping to facilitate them to find new ways to cope and bond as the adult relationship provides a second chance of sorts where bonding, attachment and responses to challenges, internal and external, can be modified and so thus reactions and ultimately personality can be changed, despite the view such things are cemented to childhood experiences.  The most leading scholar in this area, John Bowlby, lends authority to this view, though interventions and assessment must be careful in their examination of early – and often traumatic yet forgotten – experiences resulting due to the propensity of our various unconscious tenancy and generalisability of our vast and various avoidances that have become essentially the formation of current personality from the maternal and familial bonds long since past but yet still in operation in the present between the couple or the individual and those steadfastly fixed to our response to change and management of stress. There are more direct and less intrusive relational interventions which can be implemented to gain a more rapid outcome to problematic relationships and personal disposition, though very often such approaches operate as a means to an end rather than simply being an end in themself due to agency pressures to gain quick outcomes and achieve throughput. The challenge then, given this reality, can be achieved by leading clients to understand the influence of these early adaptations and interplay on the present, by providing them with accelerating take-home psycho-education and homework activities that those seriously at a stage of change can use to address and re-engineer personality in the second chance provided from similarly intimate relations to provide for such a second opportunity as outlined above so as to arrive at a new stage and understanding of how these early dynamics remain with us intact until challenged where necessary.