Fast Facts About Autism by Autism Explained

Fast Facts About Autism

April is Autism Acceptance Month.Many people have an understanding of Autism that is based on little more than stringing together a few popular stereotypes. This video aims to help fill the gaps by cutting through the medical jargon and sharing instead the human side of Autism.In the past few decades the world has come a long way in it's understanding of Autism. This is not least due to the contributions of autistic adults shedding insight into their own condition.Autism Explained empowers parents to understand their autistic children and create healthy supportive environments. By combining the experience of an adult on the Spectrum with a single mum who lives this stuff every day, we set you on the path to regain family harmony and actually enjoy time with your kids!FREE DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE: Making School Drop-Off YOUTUBE VERSION AVAILABLE:If you would like to share this video with your school or workplace, there is a version on YouTube here:

Posted by Autism Explained on Friday, 29 March 2019


Anti-Poverty Week

Anti-Poverty Week is being held this week to:

  • strengthen understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty;
  • encourage research, discussion and action – including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.

Everyone is encouraged to help reduce poverty by organising an activity this week or take part in an activity organised by others. 

Feel anxious or depressed?

 In Queensland, 650 lives are lost to suicide annually

On average (in 2014) over 7 deaths by suicide occur in Australia each day.


Sue Orreal Counselling 0455 826 282

Suicide call back service 1300 659 467

Lifeline 131 114

Kids helpline 1800 551 800

Headspace 1800 650 890

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

Survivors of Suicide Bereavement Support 1300 767 022

vitamins for your mind

  • Humility is a virtue; timidity is a disease
  • Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.
  • Humans have the remarkable ability to get exactly what they must have. But there is a difference between a “must” and a “want.”
  • Make rest a necessity, not an objective. Only rest long enough to gather strength.
  • We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.
  • The worst thing one can do is not to try, to be aware of what one wants and not give in to it, to spend years in silent hurt wondering if something could have materialised – never knowing.
  • Each of us must be committed to maintaining the reputation of all of us. And all of us must be committed to maintaining the reputation of each of us.
  • It only takes one lie to taint your entire testimony in a court of law. Honesty is a vital part of having a good reputation.
  • To become financially independent you must turn part of your income into capital; turn capital into enterprise, turn enterprise into profit; turn profit into investment; and turn investment into financial independence.
  • There is no better opportunity to receive more than to be thankful for what you already have. Thanksgiving opens up the windows of opportunity for ideas to flow your way.

Jim Rohn / Michael Yardney

Inspiring Quotes


Warren Buffet is one of the world’s most influential people – American business magnate & philanthropist.  

Here are some of his inspiring quotes:

On Finding Honesty in Others   “Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don’t expect it from cheap people.”

Appreciate Where You Came From  “Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

Give Back to Society  – “If you’re in the luckiest 1% of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99%.”

Actions vs. Results – “You know… you keep doing the same things and you keep getting the same result over and over again.”

Manage Your Time Better – “You’ve gotta keep control of your time, and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let people set your agenda in life.”

Seize Great Opportunities and Load Up the Truck  “Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble.”

Don’t Be Greedy “…not doing what we love in the name of greed is very poor management of our lives.”

Spend Time on Personal Development “The most important investment you can make is in yourself.”


How to Be Happy, Seriously

Is happiness the key to life?

For many, it is.

So much of our unhappiness comes from a constant desire for more.

Happiness starts with the realisation that stuff isn’t going to make you happy.

“Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you.” -Ralph MarstonMoney
Money can’t buy happiness

It’s been proven.

If you’re not happy now, you need to fix the problem now.
Stop waiting on something to happen for you to be happy.
If you really want to be happy, you have to choose to be happy, each day. Stop waiting.

Material possessions can provide temporary happiness, but true happiness comes from a deep sense of purpose
That point is, you have to have your “why.”

Why you wake up each day.

Why you’re on this earth.

Why you were put here in the first place.

Entitlement is running rampant in our culture, and it kills happiness, because it puts the ball in someone else’s court.

Happiness is your decision.

Other people can only hinder it if you let them.
You’re here for a reason — a reason much bigger than yourself.
When you start thinking outwards about others and less about yourself, you’ll find that happiness comes naturally.
Find your why.
Minimise distractions.

Choose to be happy.

Kalen Bruce on Michael Yardney’s Commentary 2 August 2016

Does Loneliness Poison Us?

Dr Lissa Rankin writes in her book “Mind Over Medicine – Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself” that loneliness poisons the body.

“Loneliness can make you sicker than smoking cigarettes……..being part of a supportive community can increase you life expectancy.”

Sociologist studies (as reported in Outliers, John Bruhn) into a community of Italian immigrants living in Roseto, Pennsylvania in 1961 began when it was revealed that in Roseto there was no suicide, no alcoholism, no drug addiction, very little crime, no-one on welfare and no-one had peptic ulcers.  Yet, 41 percent of their calories came from fat and the Italian-American Roseto folk were mostly obese, smokers and not physically fit.

Ruling out diet, geography, genes or quality of health care, it was concluded by Dr. Wolf that “a supportive, tight-knit community (Roseto in the 60s for example) was a better predictor of heart health than cholesterol levels or tobacco use.”  It’s also been found in other studies, for example, that those with more social connections were found to have lower rates of cancer.

Dr Lissa Rankin concludes that social health and healthy relationships AND the support of a spiritual community, affect not just your happiness, but your physiology.  Loving communities relax you – being relaxed affects the mind and the body.  The degree of social support you experience even affects the likelihood of cure if you do become sick.

The mind has powerful effects on the physiology of the body, according to Dr Rankin. However, connection with community is NOT about being socially acceptable or staying on top of trends or adhering to artificial standards of conformity. Its about stripping off your masks and letting your inner radiance shine forth and allowing the opportunity of deep connection (as opposed to owning the latest shiny new Jeep).

Is it time to think about your health strategy and start treating yourself with the medicine of positive relationships?

Mental Health Workout

Health is a billion dollar, universal industry, which is predominantly cure-focused and reactive rather than proactive and preventative. It also focuses more on the physical and less on the mental, but for how much longer?

Burgeoning mental illness crises are forcing a reactive and unavoidable trend, which is scrambling to try and smudge out mental illness with seemingly disproportionate investment in prevention.

Invest in developing personal mental muscle.

Don’t board the mental health Titanic – build your mental health life raft by exercising your mental muscles everyday.

Here are 6 steps to build your mental strength

  1. Commit – to mind and body wellness. Include mental fitness in your daily health regime.   Dedicate daily time to exercising physically and mentally, eating well, drinking plenty of water, limiting alcohol and caffeine consumption and getting quality sleep.
  2. Gratitude – replace self-pity with gratitude. When you find life’s challenges getting the better of you and self-pity becoming your focus, turn to thoughts of gratitude – for all you are blessed with, for friends, for blue skies…..
  3. Take Responsibility – for how you think, feel and act. We can choose how to respond positively even during our most challenging times. Part of taking responsibility means taking the time to plan and set goals and then choose how we want to reach our goals.
  4. Embrace Failure – Failure is a great opportunity to learn and not repeat dysfunctional patterns of behaviour. Failure can lead us on new paths to better and brighter futures.
  5. Accept change – as an inevitable part of progressive life. We often choose the path of least resistance, for safety and security, but mainly because people resist the uncomfortable feeling that change and the unknown brings. Challenging our minds to embrace the feelings of discomfort that come with not knowing or losing control is a powerful way to build mental resilience.
  6. Be alone – when we are alone we create an opportunity to collect and reflect, in silence and solitude. Often people fill the silence with television, technology, and social media. Being alone provides opportunity for learning, self-development, relaxation and growth.   If we allow ourselves to reflect on our actions, how we impact people’s lives, and where we are on our life’s journey, we are investing in our mental health and resilience and opening up opportunity for growth, progress, and inner peace.

Certainly life presents challenges, which is a wonderful opportunity to mature and develop into a mentally robust, health person.

Is domestic violence about gender inequality?

Today the federal government announced a $30 million campaign to address domestic violence.

Media reporting by the ABC today has picked up on comments that “there is no clearer symbol of continuing gender inequality in our society than the epidemic of violence against women.”

Sadly though, domestic violence affects men and women of all ages from all backgrounds. Male victims of family violence often find it distressing to see social marketing campaigns such as Violence Against Women Australia Says No (federal) and Don’t Cross the Line (SA), which suggest that men are the only perpetrators of family violence and women and children the only victims.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics 4906.0 – Personal Safety, Australia, 2012 (2013) is the largest and most recent survey of violence in Australia. It found that one in three victims of current partner violence during the previous 12 months (33.3%) and since the age of 15 (33.5%) were male.

Many men suffer multiple forms of abuse, just as women do.

Males make up a significant proportion of victims of family and sexual violence, yet are excluded from government anti-violence programs.

Domestic violence exists in epidemic proportions – it is criminal and it is up to us all – government and community – to work together to put a stop to violence. 

Don’t let concern become regret – domestic violence hotline –

Having depressed or negative inner thoughts?

Have you ever counted in a day how many sad, negative, angry, depressed, or self-deprecating thoughts you have about yourself of someone else? Most of us spend our days drowning in negative thought and we don’t question it.

The way we think influences the way we feel.

Imagine a cave man’s inner thought telling him he was not cut out to hunt. Hunger would quickly motivate him to challenge these thoughts and to take affirmative action.

  • Start today to replace negative thoughts with positive.
  • Consciously try to catch your negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts.
  • Teach your children to do this.
  • Try saying: “I love and accept myself for who I am”; “My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant”.

Do you have a drinking problem?

You may have a drinking problem if you…

  • Feel guilty or ashamed about your drinking.
  • Lie to others or hide your drinking habits.
  • Have friends or family members who are worried about your drinking.
  • Need to drink in order to relax or feel better.
  • “Black out” or forget what you did while you were drinking.
  • Regularly drink more than you intended to.