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Good evening there everyone,

Take a peek at this article. Five easy ways to fight homophobia (GLBT rights concern everyone. Many people are GLBT. But not everyone is out and proud about being a GLBT person. So everybody, listen up!!! The article is aimed at people in US, UK and the rest of Europe. If you're not from US/UK, Europe, you can use similar ideas to combat homophobia and make your society safer for GLBT people, too.)


Contact your local PFLAG chapter and stay in touch, by clicking on the above link. Get involved and learn more on GLSEN's projects - please click http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/library/record/2342.html?state=what

Read more... )Thank you so much  if you do get involved! We need all the help we can get!

Medical Search article on hearing aids (the myths, AND the facts). In a nutshell: if you need hearing aids, go get 'em! What are you waiting for? :)  http://www.medicalsearch.com.au/Features/Workplace-hearing-myths-and-facts-5364


Read more... )


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Hi everyone,

Please read below. The Zoe Belle Gender Center is based in Melbourne, Australia. But all GLBT organisations (including interstate ones) are needed in the directory! The tect in italics is from imyerjoeyramone's post in the lj community socialwork_au:

Health, activism, law and much more... Zoe Belle Gender Centre (ZBGC) is creating an online Resources Directory!

Now live at ZBGC's website, this searchable, Australia-wide directory will include local practitioners, groups and organisations that are of interest to the sex and gender diverse community.

We are now calling for listings from practitioners, groups and organisations for the directory... Community groups, medical services, activist groups, gyms, housing services, legal services, counsellors, clubs, etc... if your group/service is of interest to trans* and gender variant people, we need it in our directory!

To get listed in the directory, simply take a few minutes to fill in the form at:


Zoe Belle Gender Centre
03 9660 3990 (voicemail)

 You know what's great? Listing yourself is free!!! If you're an Aussie organisation or agency that helps GLBT people in some way, please consider getting listed in the directory. It'll make a world of difference to GLBT people's lives out there. Thanks so much, everyone!
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How to find an lj community that focuses on your area of interest/hobby/questions you want to ask:

- Go to  menu called "Profile" at the top of your livejournal page

- Click on the option "Edit profile"

- In the section marked Interests, type in your interest/s. For example, if you're interested in mental health, type in mental health (separate your interests by comma, so that your interest/s will have a hyperlink that will show you livejournal communities and lj users that discuss mental health)

Your edited profile should have a list of your interest/s. Your interests should be in blue font. If they are in blue font/writing, that means they have a hyperlink (this means that clicking on the link will take you to another webpage that shows you which communities and lj users share your interest). If your interest/s are in black font/writing, then there is no hyperlink (which means nothing will happen if you click on the interest).

Click on your interest (eg click on mental health in the Interests section of your profile) .

A list of individual livejournal bloggers and livejournal communities who discuss/speak about your interest will be shown.

Best of luck in finding what you are searching for, everybody! :) I know it can be a real drag trying to find lj communities that discuss your interests...so I thought that posting this would make life a little easier.
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Please read this. This may save your life. If not yours, then someone else's. Go long and see the other websites! It's definitely worth it! The information is simple and clear. Each page outlines symptoms and treatments for diseases and illnesses. You never know when you might need this. I know some of you might be thinking, "That could never happen to me". But you can never be too prepared.

There's a plethora of links to resources for seeking help we all need. There's links with tons of facts on exercises to help you cope with cancer, as well as pain management and foods that spiral our risk of getting cancer. There are foods that boost your immune system against cancer, too:  http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Cancer_and_food?OpenDocument

I know pancreatic cancer is most common among older people. But young people can get it, too. This awful disease kills many people. Few people who have pancreatic cancer survive for more than 3-6 months. So if you have any of the symptoms below, see your doctor as soon as possible. This could make the difference between life and death.

Read more... )
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Hi there!

Here are 2 lj communities that can answer questions or give advice on almost anything!

Check these out here:

http://community.livejournal.com/thequestionclub/profile The Question Club. Membership is moderated, and people with new lj blogs can't join. If you have a new blog and still want to join, you can email one of the moderators.


Ask me Anything lj community. Remember - one question per post. Ask me Anything also has related lj communities (click on the link to see its user info page. The user info page has links to related lj communities).

Best of luck in finding the answers you've been searching for!
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Hi everyone,

Check out this! Here's a simple and handy care2 article written by:
Beth Buczynski. It's called Easy Ways to Conserve Water and Save Money

Read it here:


You'll be glad you did (unless you already knew the information in it).

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Hi there all,

Learn how to make an effective apology here: http://norah.livejournal.com/266481.html Of course, part of what makes an apology effective is actually meaning what you say. But the link has vital information on what else you can do to apologise effectively.

My favourite bit is this:

Those are the three most basic steps. Once you've got those, you can improvise a bit more, and negotiate, explain, or dialogue in addition to your apology, using the same basic structure.
  • "I know you feel terrible when I do this, and I don't want to make you feel terrible. But this is really important to me. How can we compromise?"
  • "I'm sorry I've made such a mess of this. I can see that it's making you miserable, but when I made my choices I wasn't aware of some really important facts. Now that I know, I can make better choices; let's work on our communication to make sure it doesn't happen again."
  • "I'm sorry I did that. I didn't know it would make you so angry, and I apologize. But I'm not sure I understand why you are so angry. Can we talk about this a little more so I can keep from doing that inadvertently in future?"
As long as you're still taking responsibility, acknowledging the consequences of your actions, and trying to make it better, you should still be able to craft an effective apology.

Oh! And read this. Inappropriate (and hurtful) apologies you shouldn't ever make: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-apology
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Hi all and sundry,

Check out these self help kits from Lifeline:


They're short and simple. Anyone can use them. They're more directed at ordinary lay people. But health professionals might also find them handy. The kits are aimed at Australians. I still think some of the advice can be applied to anyone, regardless where they're living, though. So if you've got spare time, please consider giving the kits a look over. It's seriously worth it.

They have information on which services to contact for specific traumatic or stressful situations, including natural disasters. There's also simple information on easy things you can do to assist someone going through a crisis. The self help kits include information on coping with:

-natural disasters (droughts and bushfires)
-domestic violence
-mental illness

There are also Aboriginal Australian specific self help tool kits on how to help people dealing with depression, grief, loss and suicide.
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Hey there all,

Some information you might find handy:

Home Safety Checklist (Please read this, especially if you have children at home):



Factsheets from Children's Hospital at Westmead in NSW, Australia (with information on caring for your child's health and wellbeing. It includes great tips on handling allergies, mental health problems, poison, using basic life support):


Factsheet on how to deal with nightmares and night terrors:


Hope this comes in handy!
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Human Rights treates Australia has and has not ratified:


In terms of ratifying human rights treaties: We've come a long way. And yet, we have a long way to go.


Get active. Protect human rights. Shine a light on what's going on:

Frequently asked questions about human rights, Resource Sheet: What are Human Rights?, Universal Declaration of Human Rights (the first international statement on human rights.)
and Human rights timeline here: http://www.hreoc.gov.au/info_for_students/essentials/index.html

From http://www.hreoc.gov.au/info_for_students/links/index.html :

Human rights around the globe
One World Online

Brings together the latest news and views from over 1,600 organizations promoting human rights awareness and fighting poverty worldwide.

Derechos Cafe

Links to issues, organisations, resources and discussion groups dealing with human rights.

Amnesty International

Campaigns on serious human rights breaches and to protect the rights of prisoners of conscience.

Read more... )
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Interest free micro loan lending association for Jewish people in Southern California in financial difficulty at:


Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles has been providing social services to people of all ages, ethnicities and religions since 1854. Through programs designed to meet diverse and changing needs, we keep people connected to what's important: families, friends, community and their independence. Our nationally recognized programs offer counseling and support for families, individuals and seniors. We provide food and shelter, help resettle recent immigrants, connect people with disabilities to vital resources, assist relatives and friends with care for loved ones (senior care services), and so much more.

JFS website at:

Links to websites with Jewish resources (e.g. re: seniors, homelessness, employment, food, mental health, disaability, congregations, cemetaries, etc) for people living in USA at:


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