This week is Veterans’ Health Week and it represents the importance of understanding the unique life experience of veterans and the transitional factors that effect the veteran community. This is beautifully captured and expressed by a close friend of ours and veteran Marcus Walker in his interview with PukaUp. The incredible messages of connection, human engagement, vulnerability, values and the power of positive relationships makes this an amazing testament to the movement
WE’RE BACK! Well we never really left, but we have been working non-stop to try and bring our app to life. We love what we get to do every day but what we love even more is making a positive impact in people’s lives. Our app connects you with Active Listeners who are there to support, listen and understand you through the power of empathy and lived experience. Simply download the app, find the Active Listener that best suits your needs and start communicating. Our Active List
It all began just over two months ago at the very first induction session for the Monash Seed Incubator. The team from Voice of Health entered a room full of people who wanted to make a impact on the world. From that day, we knew these were people we wanted to be around. We then embarked on a number of fantastic workshops run by some amazing facilitators, hosted in the amazing space provided in Melbourne's CBD by The Foundation for Young Australians. We want to say a big than
Over the past weekend Voice of Health founders were invited to attend and speak at the first official Ditox Dinner! Hosted by the wonderful Vanessa Tran, founder of Ditox.co, it was a night to be remembered! Ditox.co has a fantastic vision to enrich people's lives through spreading the power of meaningful re-connection - so that they become more focused, present, and balanced - and improve their digital well-being and plugged-in lives. It was a refreshing way to spend an even
We wanted to say a big thank you to Anthill (Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Australia) for having us and nominating us for the annual Anthill Smart100 awards night. It was a great night hosted by the wonderful James Tuckerman, with some amazing speakers that everyone was lucky enough to be able to learn from and listen to. Plenty of greats nuggets of knowledge that any innovative company can take forward with them. Keep up the great work! #MentalHealth #Voiceof
Growing up where family time is a must every weekend, hearing your parents yell at you every morning to make sure you get ready for school, making sure your room is clean, hurting yourself or getting bullied at school and your mum or dad are the first to be there… unfortunately that wasn't how I grew up. My parents passed away due to health problems when I was in my last years of schooling. The struggles I faced became even harder and it felt like living life wasn't worth it.
Have you ever asked somebody what their lowest point in their life has been? Are you or someone you know living through that right now? Recently I was asked this very question. I was sitting on top of the Grampians in Victoria surrounded by a group of Year 9 boys, all of which had been asked the same question. It was an exercise in empathy and understanding and brought the group of students closer together. I, as their teacher, observed from afar. However, watching how they r
At the age of thirteen, Alexandra was diagnosed with severe depression. She immediately started therapy and medication. Through the support of her friends and family, she learned to live with it. In fact, she became so good at living with it that often at times people had no idea that she fought with this disease. It was like she was a normal teenage girl. But this article isn't about her. This article is about me. My name is Alexander and I am a man. From an outsider’s persp
Voice of Health wants to thank everyone for their support so far! Special thanks to those who have shared their story with us. Your courage is what makes this community possible. We can't wait to receive and publish more of these amazing stories. The true meaning of health is different for each of us. Each person has their own story and journey. We are working towards changing and personalizing health for everyone. By being involved, liking, sharing a post, you will allow us
Everyday is a constant reminder how precious life is, that life is not a permanent fixture. The truth is, we all don’t know when our time is up. This is a morbid thought but that is what gives me the drive to make the most out of any given opportunity that life may present. Personally, it’s about less material possessions and more about experiences with family and friends.
This is still fairly raw but late last year in 2016, my mother underwent an operation to remove a brai
My passion for competitive sport has always been a quintessential part of who I am. As a young girl, I became addicted to the game of basketball. I later became fortunate enough to obtain a college scholarship to play in New York City, which was beyond a dream come true. My competitive nature is what has always motivated me to train hard and push my body to its limits.
Training to be my best and for the success of the team was all I knew and all I wanted to do. When you're
I am often asked how I could struggle with things like depression and self harm due to the fact that I seem like I “have it all together”. I have also been asked that because I was attractive, what did I have to be sad about? What does that mean anyway? I think it's crazy how much value we as a society place on superficial things such as looks. People are treated or judged a specific way based on something they have little to no control over. Mental illness does not discrimin
It's hard when people see you as such a happy, independent and life loving person. Which I am, but I feel I've suffered so much that I can't just be labelled as strong. I've worked so hard to be where I am and still battle with anxiety daily. April 2016 was when my mum found out that I was dating a girl, and was when I received texts stating "you're not being you", "you're disgusting" and that I was "being disrespectful to my dad and family and how dare I even bring her to my
My battle with mental health has been an on and off struggle for the majority of my adult life. It started in my teenage years and had gotten worse as time progressed. A lot of my friends haven’t been aware of it; I guess that will change now that I’m sharing my story. I think the reason I haven’t shared this before is due to a combination of not giving myself the time to understand why I felt the way I did or perhaps my unwillingness to communicate about how I felt to anyone
Life’s not easy, we all have issues, we all have problems and nobody’s perfect. If you are perfect, kudos to you, but this article is for the rest of you. In today’s world trying to juggle work, relationships, family and friends, pay bills and be happy is hard. I had depression for a number of years and it still creeps up on me from time to time. I spent many days at home. All I did was hide under the sheets. It’s a common behaviour for people with depression, we don’t want t
I’m constantly anxious. I’m upset. I worry too much about everything. I can’t be around other people for too long otherwise I can feel my heart rate increase, I panic . Not many people understand anxiety and not many people take it seriously either, but it impacts me, it impacts me a lot. Anxiety is hard and if we don’t deal with it, it will deals with us. I don’t think social media has helped my anxiety. It paints a picture that everyone is perfect because of the way they lo
You’ve probably heard the saying once before ‘we all make mistakes, nobody’s perfect’, and this rings true for a lot of people, after all, we’re all human. In today’s society, it seems we’re all trying to balance the conflicting demands of everyday life. Making time for study, leisure, friends, family and work commitments. There’s no blaming us for wanting to escape the madness of life through our mobile phones to quickly watch a life hack video, Instagram story or comment on
Social media is highly addictive, so let’s be honest, we all check our Instagram and Facebook daily. Whether it’s tagging friends in memes, reading about celebrity gossip or terrible articles from the daily news, we’re all doing it. Many of us wake up in the morning to check who’s had what for breakfast, or which of our friends has the audacity to go for a morning run at some ridiculous hour of the morning. It seems that for most of us our curiosity and desire to procrastinat