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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Taking The Time

By Helen Edwards

Time stretches back like an electric wire, crisscrossing my memories. Awoken, by the scent of a yellow rose, by pink sunrise climbing out from a tumbling silver sea, by the call of a bird, alerting us all to the…

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Holding Onto Hope

By Helen Edwards

When you feel the heaviness of the world, as if you are falling through space, with nothing to grasp, go to nature. There’s no white noise, no anger, no egos, no judgment. There’s no pressure, no competition for your…

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Join Our Revolution of #kindnessandhope

By Helen Edwards

It’s getting harder, this holding onto hope. The daily onslaught of terrible news, how we are destroying the planet, destroying ourselves. The selfish, self-interested liars, who dangle their power across our faces, making choices most of us don’t want.…

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Respecting Our Planet On The Wide-Open Road

By Helen Edwards

I have been quiet on the blog recently because I was finishing my thesis and have now submitted it! Wish me luck. We then took a family road trip, which included me attending two children’s writing events. We traversed…

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Insights From KidLitVic 2019 – Tips on Getting Your Children’s Book Published

By Helen Edwards

I have been quiet on the blog front over the past few weeks, because we have been on a family road trip, with me going from one wonderful writing event to another. We traversed Victoria and NSW, from tall…

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STUMP- The Cracked Log Lamp/Table/Stool by Duncan Meerding

Duncan Meerding Releases New Designs at World’s Largest Decorative Light Show

By Helen Edwards

Duncan Meerding, one of my favourite Australian designers, credited with the wonderful Cracked Log and Stump lights, has launched a new range of handmade, sustainable lighting, at the Euroluce decorative light trade exposition, in Milan. The new designs include…

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Featured Books

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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