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It’s Okay to Admit That You’re Not Okay

It’s Okay to Admit That You’re Not Okay

In Australia, September 12 was ‘R U OK? Day’, a national day of action which encourages us to check in with friends, family and workmates. Coming two days after World Suicide Prevention Day this year, it is a reminder that people who can appear to be functioning on...

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Every Deportation Matters

Every Deportation Matters

Two nights ago, I received a notification — from social media of all places — that a Tamil family were being put on a plane and sent back to danger. I follow a Facebook page that is dedicated to aiding their legal case to stay in Australia. I only tuned in just in...

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Should Elderly People Have the Right to Die?

Should Elderly People Have the Right to Die?

I was in my early 20s when a 90-something year old woman asked me to help her die. Her husband was in hospital having a heart bypass operation and if he didn’t make it through the surgery, she didn’t want to go on without him. I’d been her carer for a total of two...

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To My Mother Who Danced With Turkish Carpet Sellers

To My Mother Who Danced With Turkish Carpet Sellers

When I visited Turkey with my mother 12 years ago, we parted at the train station in Istanbul — she was on her way to Athens and a flight back to Australia, I was headed for the Middle East, not knowing when I would see her again. When the Kurdish boy working in our...

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How to cope with a narcissist

How to cope with a narcissist

I spent a few horrible years working closely with someone who was a full-blown narcissist. I don’t mean difficult to work with, I mean ticked every single box when I googled “what is a narcissist”. It was only after watching this person systematically destroy others...

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