Mensline, Empathy, Eating Disorders
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Mental Wellness Newsletter 
Recovery is Possible!
"Your illness doesn't define you;
your strength and courage does"

Mental Health First Aid Guidelines
Eating Disorders:

All MHFA guidelines:
Definititions of Empathy

“Concentrates upon trying to understand the client as the client seems to himself” (Rogers, 1951)

"You need to show that you keenly want to understand your clients and convey your attempts to understand" (Dryden, W., 2011)

“Listen carefully, enter into the world of the client, and communicate that we understand the client’s world as the client sees and experiences it.” (Ivey, Ivey & Zalaquat, 2012)

"At its most basic, empathy is a simple restatement of someone else's words, to show that they are heard and understood. But at its richest it involves fearlesss exploration of another's inner world"   (Tolan,J.,2017)

"The fullest emapthy does not censor or discriminate. It sees the whole world as the other person sees it and is wholly accepting of that world". (Tolan,J.,2017)

"There is no formula for empathy, no easy or magic route to 'getting it right'. It is always focussed on intention to understand how people see themselves and the world around them." (Tolan,J.,2017)


“Understanding his or her key issues and saying them back accurately, without adding your own thoughts, feelings or meanings” (Ivey, Ivey & Zalaquat, 2012)

"Staying with the speakers frame of reference and voicing what you are hearing"  (Tolan,J.,2017)
eg. "you sound a bit worried about her"

"Empathy is the continuous and continuing attempt to understand the client's world as they perceive it and to communicate that understanding" (Tolan,J.,2017)


The capacity to sense or understand another persons affective, cognitive and/oromaticexperience and communicate this to the person accurately” (Noble & Day)

"constantly checking the accuracy of his or her interpretation of the client’s felt meaning” (Rogers, 1975)

Examples of empathetic statements
It is best to say theses in a tentative way that is open to correction from the speaker.

"That sounds really hard"

"I can't imagine how hard that would be"

"You look really worried about that"

"So for you it is incredibly important not to be late and
and it is incredibly stressful when you are"

"You have a lot going on"

"It seems like you are really struggling with making a decision. Is that right?"

"You feel like you have tried everything and nothing seems to help"

"So pretty much every day this week you have woken up feeling worthless and its sound like it is super hard to get things done"

What to do
Show genuine interest
Be yourself
Listen to understand not to reply
Put your own views aside to understand the other persons world view
Ask questions to really try and understand what they are experiencing and thinking

What not to say
"I totally understand"

"I know exactly how you feel"

"I have been through exactly the same thing"

"Don't worry"

"Cheer up"

"All you need to do is......"

It is okay to help a person find their own solutions but FIRST listen with empathy.


Mensline  1300 78 99 78
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Upcoming Courses:
Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person (4.5 hrs) 
This is a stand-alone course which complements the 12-hour Mental Health First Aid Course. You learn more about safety planning and get more activities to practise some of the suicide intervention skills. Max 12 participants

Next sessions:

Friday 2nd August, 2019    12 to 5.30pm

Saturday 3rd of  August, 2019   11am to 4.30pm
Thursday and Friday 25th and 26th of July

2019 Mental Health First Aid Course Dates

Thursday and Friday 12th and 13th

Thursday and Friday 19th and 20th

Thursday and Friday 3rd and 4th

Thursday and Friday 17th and 18th

Thursday and Friday 7th and 8th

Thursday and Friday 5th and 6th

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Thanks for reading my newsletter.
Remember to do lots of self-care and get help if you need it.

Warm regards,

0403 513 808

Useful numbers and supports:
NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
Lifeline. 13 11 14
Beyond Blue Line 1300 22 3646
Blue Knot Foundation  1300 657 380
Suicide Call back service 1300 659 467
The Gender Centre 9569 2366
Q Life 1800 184 527
Transcultural Mental Health
Emergency Services 000

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