What its like answering Lifeline calls during a pandemic

Feeling troubled? Please don’t discount your experience, because we don’t. Ruben Mackellar spoke with ABC Life about what it’s like being a Lifeline Crisis Supporter during the coronavirus pandemic. Ruben shares his thoughts on how COVID-19 has impacted calls to Lifeline, and what he does to assist people. He emphasises allowing your

Living with mum and dad again

Lifeline WA spoke with young people whose ‘new normal’ has included being back under their parent’s roof. Experienced mediator and trainer Laura adds communication tips to try. When the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, Sabrina was travelling around Europe. She had to return home at a tricky time to find a new job. Steven’s full-time job was based in Barcelona.

Kids ask coronavirus questions

Dr Chris Blyth and Dr Asha Bowen from the Telethon Kids Institute answer kids’ important coronavirus questions. In part one, five year old Max wants to know what it feels like when you get coronavirus. Harper, seven, asks why are so many things banned, like going on holidays, going to

Money too tight to mention

Financial pressure arises from any situation where money worries are causing stress. These are hard financial times for many individuals and families. There are things you can do that may help. There is also a lot of information out there. Where to start? Who can help right now with basics

Sharing more than a driveway

Carla shares her story of getting to know her neighbours better over a new daily ritual while isolated at home. If you’d asked me if I knew my neighbours before COVID-19, I would have said of course! We share cheery driveway greetings. We hold serious verge discussions on errant drivers

It’s okay to feel not okay right now

James Corden talks with philosopher and “The School of Life” co-founder Alain de Botton about our collective emotional state during a global pandemic. Alain says there is no FOMO, no fear of missing out on a fictional perfect life during a pandemic. He challenges the “brave face”, speaks to the

Curious about mindfulness

Personal trainer Natasha shares her tips on mindfulness and being present. When people approach personal trainer, Natasha Rabe, about losing weight and boosting their fitness, they’re pretty sure she’s going to recommend a strict regime of diet and exercise. Her clients are often surprised to find that a big part

Understanding and supporting your teenager

Michelle Daw, Psychologist at Brave Heart Wellbeing, shares some advice for supporting the young people in your life. There are so many changes taking place for adolescents. Not just physical changes that we can see and hear, but changes in the brain that are not so obvious. Adolescence is a

The week our year was cancelled

Tamara Cook, small business owner, shares her very personal story of how rapidly her business declined with the COVID-19 pandemic. She reflects on the changes that unfolded in March, the tough days, and the lessons learned that are helping her today. I never really knew what it meant to be

Sunny with a chance of sprinkles

A small business owner served up happiness in an ice cream cone to residential care residents in Rockingham. Leah Endersby believes old-fashioned soft serve ice cream is the ultimate feel good food. When she heard people at Baptistcare Gracehaven Residential Care in Rockingham couldn’t receive visitors due to COVID-19 restrictions,