Over the course of the past 12 months, Step Together has explored a vast range of important topics such as preventing the path to extremism, the power of storytelling in culture and how to encourage critical thinking. Below is a list of the blogs that have resonated the most within our community in 2020.
Push and pull factors in violent extremism
‘Violent extremism’ refers to a person or group who justifies or uses fear, terror and violence to achieve ideological, political or social change. But what drives someone to see violence as a solution?
Looking after your mental health during COVID-19
Large scale crises don’t only affect those directly involved. In the case of the COVID-19 virus or any other major public health concern, many people may experience anxiety, worry or stress – as we are dealing with the unknown, and with implications that are out of our control.
Similarities between Cults and Violent Extremism
Step Together looks at what drives people to join and to then leave cults, as well as the common links to extremist involvement.
Conspiracy theories during times of crisis
Global, or personal, times of crisis can make us feel scared, anxious, uncertain or angry, as our lives are impacted in ways we aren’t expecting. Times of crisis also leave people looking for certainty, and reasons why they find themselves in particular situations. These feelings leave us susceptible to conspiracy theories that offer ‘explanations’ – often for the inexplicable. Here we take a look at the rise of conspiracy theories during times of crisis, and ways we can connect with people who may believe in them.
Physical, mental, and financial support during COVID-19
The current health crisis has had a profound and sudden impact on our daily life. Many of us are feeling concerned and want to ensure we are looking after our physical and mental health, as well as minimising the risks for our friends and family. One of the best ways to protect our health is to know where to go for support. Here are some tips for keeping safe, as well as resources for practical support, including support options available if your job, financial or housing situation has been impacted by this crisis.
If you need help or advice on how best to support someone, our trained counsellors can help. We’re available 7am – 9pm, seven days a week. If you need to talk, give one of our Step Together counsellors a call on 1800 875 204 or use our anonymous online chat service.