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June 7, 2019
Dealing with the Emotional Aftermath of a Life-Changing Event

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June 7, 2019
PTSD 101: What Sufferers wish you knew, and how you can help.

Reading Time: 6 minutes Lived experiences of ptsd I have spent some time speaking with a number of people in our community about their experiences with PTSD and what they want others to know about it. One of my interviewees experienced years of emotional trauma with family and the loss of his son, suffered severe physical injury and watched physical […]

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June 5, 2019
Practical Tips in the Aftermath of a Life-Changing Event.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Whether it’s a relationship breakdown, the death of a loved one, or your house burning down, there are things that you can do to keep yourself safe, sane, and healthy as you take the time you need to look after yourself, heal, and figure out what your life looks like now that it’s changed. In […]

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April 10, 2019
Another Hot Take on the new Domestic Violence Funding from an Organisation that Works with Victims

Reading Time: 4 minutes Content Warning: Domestic Violence The Australian Federal Government promised this week to provide $10 million in grants toward Domestic Violence programs that take a “whole of family” approach and incorporate couples counselling and “dispute resolution services”. The government has been in consultation with domestic violence groups for years, none of which have ever endorsed these […]

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April 4, 2019
2019 Budget Reaction

Reading Time: 2 minutes I’m going to be upfront and remind you that Reflex is a service that brings emergency counselling services to people who need it most. A lot of the time, that’s people who live under the poverty line, people with disabilities, and people the current system has failed. Some of our more conservative friends would call […]

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February 26, 2019
6 Things I Unfollowed Online Thanks to Marie Kondo

Reading Time: 6 minutes I’m sure you’ve read enough Kondo thinkpieces by now to know the drill about this lady, her book, and her new Netflix series. Whether you love the process for your own home, or think that she’s the Ted Bundy of trinkets, she’s one of those figures that polarises opinions, and one of those figures that’s […]

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February 12, 2019
PTSD 101 - Secondary PTSD

Reading Time: 4 minutes Content warning: descriptions of ptsd, and non-specific traumas As we left on in the last article, PTSD is technically a contagion in the mental health realm. Constant exposure to person’s suffering trauma and distress causes the same physical trauma as we discussed in the previous article, especially if exposed, without significant break, for an extended period […]

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February 6, 2019
4 Friendships I Said Goodbye to with the Help of Marie Kondo

Reading Time: 9 minutes Sometimes we end up with people in our lives in much the same way we end up with Tupperware containers. You’re not sure how you picked them up, they smell a bit funny, and they certainly don’t “spark joy” for you in the way they must spark joy for someone else who would appreciate them […]

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January 9, 2019
PTSD 101 - What is PTSD and Why is it Dangerous?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Content warning: descriptions of ptsd, and non-specific traumas Imagine that you have a linen closet that’s absolutely full. It’s stuffed full of linen, mementos, and all of the embarrassing things you keep hidden from guests. You just received a new sheet set and some towels from your parents as a gift, and you’ve got a […]

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January 8, 2019
Hyperfixation vs. Addiction

Reading Time: 3 minutes We’ve all been there haven’t we? You find that great new series on Netflix…… suddenly you’ve lost nine hours and there are no new episodes for months. You bought that AMAZING new book you’ve heard so much about, and you settle into your warm bed to read a chapter….. now the sun is rising, the […]

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December 10, 2018
2018 in Review

Reading Time: 4 minutes 2018 has been a very productive year for Reflex Social Services. This year commenced with our director’s development retreat which resulted in a comprehensive revision of our service structure, our procedures, and our core message. This has lead to superior research and development cycles for us in 2018, and has lead us to be more […]

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December 3, 2018
Disability 101: 7 Things you Should Know About People with Disabilities, and 7 Things you can do to Help.

Reading Time: 5 minutes Today is the International Day for People with Disabilities. First up, I want to tell you that it’s okay if you don’t know anything about people with disabilities, even if you’ve reached adulthood. Lots of people were raised in environments where our questions weren’t answered. Disabilities were spoken of in hushed tones. Children with disabilities […]

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December 3, 2018
5 Ways to Support a Charity When You're Broke

Reading Time: 4 minutes Most of the big charities ask for ongoing donations of $30 or more a month to be regarded as one of their supporters. That’s all well and good for people who can afford to set and forget a payment like that, but for people on a budget, that’s not always an option. As someone who […]

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November 26, 2018
An Introduction to Reflex Social Services

Reading Time: 2 minutes Hello there, We are Reflex Social Services. We are a not-for-profit, secular, social health charity working to help people throughout the communities of the Hunter Valley, Newcastle, and the Central Coast. Most of us are only a single event away from being stuck, scared, and isolated from the people who support us. Reflex Social Services […]

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November 7, 2018
10 Things People with ADHD Wished you Knew

Reading Time: 11 minutes My name is Damien Southam, I am the Director of Operations at Reflex Social Services, and I am an Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder sufferer. Here’s 10 things that I, and others like me, wish you knew. 1. We are a real thing If you are the parent of an ADHD child you have no doubt heard […]

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