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Mental Illness: Ending the Stigma

Mental Illness: Ending the Stigma

By Samantha Plink One in four people in the world will be affected by mental illness at some point in their lives. Yet nearly two thirds of those people never seek help from a health professional, largely due to the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Mental illness doesn’t discriminate. It can affect people

An Open Source Society

An Open Source Society

By Natasha Nixon Through many generations, there has always been a small population that attempted to live a life of the common use of goods, some harking back to Bible times and religious principles. Some lasted longer than others did, but human nature being what it is, most dwindled away, such

An Interview with Matthew Kronborg

At the heart of philanthropy and charitable giving is the desire to promote the wellbeing of others. Here in Australia, it is estimated that there almost nine in 10 Australians giving to charity annually. At the forefront of charitable brand names amongst the 600 000 plus registered charities and foundations

Walking in Others’ Shoes

By John Watson It is altogether too easy to look at a fellow human being and immediately write them off based on their demeanor or appearance. The perfect example is when passing a homeless person on the street. The majority of people avert their gaze, while others are a lot more

The LGBT Struggle

By Ramelle Lewis Growing up, I knew my family was different. When I was very young, I didn't realise that different didn't necessarily mean 'bad', or 'wrong'. I just knew that my family would never conform to the nuclear bloc of Mum, Dad and child. I had Mum, and later Ava*[1], my

Kerry Carrington Interview: Women and Violence

Recently, The Plus Ones sat down to talk with Professor Kerry Carrington — Head of the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology — about the state of domestic violence in Australia, and what needs to be done to address the issue. Could you start by telling us a bit

Sports & Social Inclusion

By Justine Curatolo Sport is universal. “Sport speaks to people in a language they can understand.”  It transcends boundaries and provides opportunities for all human beings regardless of race, colour, religion, age, physical ability, circumstance or economic background to connect with each other and the world around them. Further, sport can

For Thought: Hope for The Planet

Can we save the world from the effects of climate change? Is it too late? Is there any cause for optimism? These were the central questions addressed by a panel of experts in a new talk series at the Sydney Opera House on Monday night. The event — presented in partnership

Without the Gift of Sight

Without the Gift of Sight

Glass half full – a phrase often used, and rarely fully appreciated. We often pay more heed to what’s missing in our lives than what we should be grateful for. An example may be the sense of sight - rarely perceived as an asset or a gift. But for many

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