Dr Helen Edwards, Psych PhD. Award-Winning Writer. Health & Sustainability Advocate, Activist & Blogger. Author of Books.

Inspiring action for people and planet, with kindness and hope 
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Strike For Climate

By Helen Edwards

I stand, deep within a thick forest. The air is damp here, a heady, earthy scent, released by the trees. I take their cool breath, deeply into my lungs. A golden orange butterfly flits past my eyes, skimming the…

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How to Upcycle a Lampshade with Vintage Sheet Music or Maps

By Helen Edwards

Creating something yourself, especially when you bring an old object back to life, is incredibly satisfying. It is also good for the planet. Anything you can stop going to landfills through reuse, recycling and reinventing, is a triumph. When…

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In The Stillness Of The Morning

By Helen Edwards

Spring flowers, birds waking in seeping darkness, my family sleeps. Silently, I start another day on this blue planet. Despite all of the things that are broken, in the world, and, in myself, I wake with hope. I hold…

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Why Anxiety Is Not All In Your Head

By Helen Edwards

It was a regular Saturday night, late last November. My 20 year old son came home with a mate and their take-away dinners, and I couldn’t bear the smell. I started to feel sick. My hubby came home from…

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Thoughts on Power, Diversity and Kindness

By Helen Edwards

So many of the current problems in our world could be resolved with a few simple things – truly embracing difference and diversity, kindness, empathy, courage, compassion, hope and optimism, realising there’s enough for everyone if we change how…

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The War on Waste: Simple Changes You Can Make to Reduce Your Waste

By Helen Edwards

We are literally drowning in waste….and we all have to take personal responsibility to make as many changes as we can.  By 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish…that is an incredible statistic. We are…

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Hello there and welcome. My name is Dr Helen Edwards. I am an award-winning writer, health and sustainability advocate, activist and blogger, and author of books. 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 fiction 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 my chronic illness memoir and a couple of middle-grade stories, as well as writing here at my blog. You will see a wide range of topics here, 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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