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1 in 6 people have depression and 1 in 4 people have anxiety at some stage during their lifetime

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Living with depression or anxiety can be challenging, however, there is hope

The treatments for depression are as many and varied as the types of depression. A wide range of medication, psychological treatments and alternative therapies are available. Treatments can often be most effective when used in conjunction with each other.

What works for one person may not be effective for another, so it is important to speak to your doctor about your treatment options.

To find out if alternative treatments could help you, speak to one of our professional Life Coaches

During the consultation, you will learn how to apply some specific strategies

You will do a simple mindfulness exercise to focus your awareness on your emotions, thoughts and sensations in an accepting and non-judgemental way.

Mindfulness exercises allow you to be able to identify, tolerate and reduce difficult, painful and even frightening thoughts, feelings and sensations.


Depression is a low mood that results in feeling sad or down for more than 2 weeks at a time. Some people suffer depression for months or even years at a time. Depression can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviour and feelings.

People who have depression can feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, ashamed or restless. They may lose interest in doing things they usually enjoy doing.

Depression is a mental health illness, although its presence can lead to or stem from physical health challenges.

How do you know if you have depression?

There are a number of contributing factors to take into consideration. If you answer yes to these questions, you may be at risk of depression:

  • Does it run in my family?
  • Do I worry a lot?
  • Do I have low self-esteem?
  • Am I a perfectionist?
  • Do I get upset if someone criticises me?
  • Am I very critical of myself?
  • Do I have serious illness or injury?
  • Do I use alcohol or drugs to escape from or numb my pain?

To find out if alternative treatments could help you, speak to one of our professional Life Coaches

A Real Life Story

“Moving from a time and place where I didn’t want to be on this planet to living with no anti-depressants and being able to build and look forward to my future has been an ongoing journey.

The journey I travelled to reach rock bottom was probably different to yours, however that horrible, debilitating feeling of helplessness and hopelessness would be very similar. It is unfortunate that one has to be in that space to understand.

I had spent a couple of months in hospital due to chronic depression and was on a disability pension because of it. I truly felt that all my years of hard work were a waste of time, effort and energy.

Thankfully, I discovered an organisation that gave me tools and techniques to look to the future, rather than dwelling on fixing the past. The past is done.

The safe, supportive environment allowed me to let go of so many things that were holding me back. I even smiled and laughed, which was rather foreign to me at that time.

Through my initial coaching, I realised 2 things. The first being that there was a light at the end of my very long dark tunnel. The second was the realisation that there was no magic wand. I was the one who had to make the changes that I needed.”

- Belinda Brodie, Sydney


Everyone feels anxious from time to time when they are under pressure. However, an anxiety disorder is when fear takes over your thoughts and coping everyday life becomes difficult.

People who have anxiety have a constant feeling that something terrible is going to happen, even if there is no reason to believe this. Anxiety sufferers are continually assessing their situation and predicting that they will not be able to cope with it or they will do something embarrassing.

The fear they experience might cause them to freeze, avoid the situation, or become aggressive or restless. They will also experience physical changes, such as a racing heartbeat.

Approximately 30 per cent of Australians will experience some type of anxiety disorder at some stage in their life.

How do you know if you have anxiety?

The experience of anxiety is different from person to person. However, the biggest sign that you or someone you know has anxiety is continuous worry or distressing thoughts that interfere with day to day life. Some other symptoms of anxiety may include:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Avoiding doing things
  • Short temper
  • Hot and cold flushes
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Obsessive compulsive behaviour
  • Confusion
  • Trembling
  • Sweating
  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • Constricted breathing
  • Nausea or upset stomach
  • Restlessness

If you are finding life hard to cope with and are sick of struggling, speak to us for alternative ways to treat your anxiety

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