Dr Helen Edwards, Psych PhD. Award-Winning Writer. Health & Sustainability Advocate, Activist & Blogger. Children's Author.

Inspiring action for people and planet, with kindness and hope 
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Faces of Hope and Optimism

By Helen Edwards

This is me aged about 3 years old with my beautiful Mama. I had no idea what wonderful and terrible things would come in my life. Nobody does. At 52, my life is rich, and, if I stop to…

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Reasons why your brain is the biggest part of going green: 1. Changing your habits requires changing your thinking, behaviour & attitudes. ? 2. This takes time and it isn't easy. For example, going to an #opshop for an item you need instead of a mall, taking your own bags, refusing to shop. ? 3. It takes strength of mind and resilience to keep on the path and not go backwards. ? 4. It takes acceptance and commitment, understanding your values and allowing yourself to feel uncomfortable feelings, to deal with #ecoanxiety and #climategrief.

Reasons Why Your Brain is the Biggest Part of Going Green

By Helen Edwards

Reasons why your brain is the biggest part of going green: 1. Changing your habits requires changing your thinking, behaviour and attitudes. 🐝 2. This takes time and it isn’t easy. For example, going to an op shop for an item…

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Choose Kindness

By Helen Edwards

The world has gone mad. We are being run by people who value self interest, individuality, only their beliefs, money, power and personal gain. Alongside this, more and more people on social media forget that actual human beings are…

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Three of the Best Collectibles For Children

By Helen Edwards

Do you collect things? I have been collecting since I was a little girl and I fell in love with green glass. Mum and Dad would take me to secondhand shops and let me have a small amount of…

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Our Kids Planet

By Helen Edwards

As a parent, all you want to do is make sure that your children are safe and happy, from the moment you even consider their existence, until the day you take your last breath. As a woman with type…

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Plastic Free July: There’s No Such Thing as Perfect

By Helen Edwards

Plastic Free July is a campaign led by the Plastic Free Foundation. Each year, millions of people around the globe take the challenge and choose to refuse single-use plastics. Their vision is for us to live in a world…

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Healthy Planet, Healthy People, Healthy Home

By Helen Edwards

Create a Sustainable Home YOU Love Do you want a more sustainable lifestyle? Make more yourself, do more yourself, grow your own, eat healthier, take care of your family and…

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Diabetes Can’t Stop Me

By Helen Edwards

Growing up with diabetes is not easy. There are lots of things children and their families find hard. Daily management tasks can become battle grounds and it can be an…

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Hello there and welcome. My name is Dr Helen Edwards. I am an award-winning writer, health and sustainability advocate and blogger, and children's author. I have a PhD in Psychology.

I am Mama to 3 beautiful sons and live in Adelaide with my family and 2 cats. I have been writing and reading, since I was a very little girl. I have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. So, I went off and became a social worker! Seriously not writerly. But in fact it was, because most of my work over the decades has been about people's stories.

I like to write about people and planet, and I include nature, our environment and relationships between people, in both my sustainability and health writing, and my books for children.

I have lived with type 1 diabetes since 1979. I have quite a few other chronic conditions and disabilities, including lots of issues with my tummy, and anxiety and ADHD. This means that sometimes, I get lots of ideas all at once, and I can be found rearranging furniture, or walking in nature, while I work them all out in my head. Other times I can be unwell and need time out to care for myself and my family. This is important for all of us in today's constantly connected world.

In 2001 I founded an award-winning online counselling service to support people living with diabetes. It was the first in the world, and it was a hit. I ran this for more than 16 years and won many awards for this work. You can see more here. Today, I continue to be a voice for diabetes, health, and mental health - writing, speaking and advocating, for awareness, inclusion, supports and services, for all people living with chronic conditions and disabilities. You will see blog posts here about health, mental health and wellbeing.

In 2013 I started a blog called Recycled Interiors, which later became the Sustainable Home Hub. I am passionate about our beautiful Mother Earth and am all about inspiring action for our planet, with kindness and hope. In particular, I focus on living a more gentle life for our children. You will see blog posts here about sustainable living, that help you take action in your life, to tread more lightly on the earth, while managing climate grief and eco-anxiety. Human health, sustainability and nature, are all closely connected.

When I am not writing or reading, I enjoy watching quality drama, comedy and nature programmes, listening to music, walking in nature, hugging trees, being near the ocean, in forests or on top of mountains, taking roadtrips with my family, and caring for my many potted plants.

I am currently working on a couple of middle-grade stories and writing at here at my blog, which covers a wide range of topics including health, mental health, disability, diabetes, sustainable living, the environment, climate change and more. I am available for all sorts of freelance writing, advocacy and speaking work  - see more here.

I look forward to sharing stories with you and inspiring action for people and planet, with kindness and hope.

Helen x

"Stories make sense of the world and teach us about life. Stories entertain and dazzle. Books and stories and words are there in your darkest hours and, your most brilliant moments of joy. Life is stories. It is stories that put things into perspective, place you in the real world, take you away to another world, another time and another possibility. In a story anything can happen" Helen x

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