If It Doesn’t Open . . . It’s Not Your Door

A while ago, I was going through my newsfeed on Facebook, when I came across this proclamation: If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door. I thought it was one of the most brilliant pieces of wisdom I’d ever heard—so of course I immediately stole it and shared it on my own Facebook page too. And I’ve been using it—with clients, with friends, and with myself—ever since. How many times …

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Managing bullying, stress management and well-being in the school workplace.

As the principal of a small rural school in New Zealand I have learnt many lessons about managing bullying, stress management and well-being in the school workplace for both staff and students. As we become more bound by Health and Safety legislation and develop our awareness of the mental health, safety and well-being of staff this has become increasingly important. My personal story includes: Developing a shared understanding of the …

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How ‘real’ participation in a mental health program evaluation can contribute to a participant’s ‘recovery’.

How ‘real’ participation in a mental health program evaluation can contribute to a participant’s ‘recovery’. Dr. John Donnelly. Participation in evaluation can take a number of forms: completing a survey; being interviewed formally or informally; completing a questionnaire; and then there is the option of being able to give a personal perspective in a non-prescribed manner – being able to ‘tell one’s story’ (“the voice of the lived experience”) as …

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