Sophie Aubrey, The Sydney Morning Herald

Sophie Aubrey

The Sydney Morning Herald

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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Past articles by Sophie:

Washing and dressing our dead: The movement challenging how we grieve

There is a pivotal point in our grieving process that should occur three days after a death, but advocates say this is interrupted by modern practices. → Read More

Is the fate of Australia Day heading only in one direction?

While a majority wants to continue to celebrate, more people are ignoring the public holiday over brandishing an Australian flag. Now, it seems the nation is approaching a tipping point. → Read More

Cutting down trees for high-rise buildings? How can that be environmentally friendly?

The push for mass timber buildings may appear counterintuitive. But the benefits come down to the evolving nature of Australia’s timber industry and timber’s way of locking up carbon. → Read More

What’s a heart attack? How can you tell if you’re on the edge of one?

One in every 25 deaths in Australia is from heart attack. More than half will be sudden. What are the signs? → Read More

The seduction of watching the ordinary lives of regular people

What’s behind our obsession with watching strangers share the mundane minutiae of day-to-day life – and just how “real” are these videos? → Read More

A chance ‘soulmate’ encounter, a marriage break-up and a viral story

What was it about this woman’s real-life story of a blown-up marriage that agitated so many people? And why was the overwhelming reaction to pile onto her? → Read More

What is ‘enough’ for you? Young Australians on optimism and the future

We asked that question of young Australians. Here’s what 12 of them said. → Read More

‘I have a panic attack every Survival Day’: Why Western therapy wasn’t the answer for Portia

To find true healing for her depression and anxiety, Portia Walker-Fernando has moved away from conventional Western support systems, instead leaning on methods her people have used for thousands of years. → Read More

Melani grew addicted to the ‘trance’ of binge-eating. Then came the guilt

Melani De Sousa lived with the most common type of eating disorder for 15 years, yet the illness remains little-known and widely misunderstood. → Read More

What is a panic attack and why do we have them?

Two in five Australians will have a panic attack at some point in their life. Why do they start? What’s happening in your brain? And are they dangerous? → Read More

We’re not ‘snowflakes’: Why young people have it harder than ever

Today’s young people are facing challenges unimagined by previous generations. But amid their anxiety is a resilience that’s far too often overlooked. → Read More

‘You’ll be happier if I’m gone’: The moment Daniel hit rock bottom

Daniel Airey was bullied over elements of his identity – having a stutter and being gay – through high school. Today, he doesn’t recognise that person. → Read More

‘Urgent national priority’: Pandemic’s staggering mental toll on young Australians

An exclusive survey reveals 82 per cent of young Australians have experienced mental health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, with one in four having suicidal thoughts. → Read More

Eat like the French for a slimmer waistline? Skip the ‘magic’ leek soup

When a French weight-loss “secret” made its way into Netflix series Emily In Paris, viewers were shown a side of French eating culture the English-speaking world doesn’t normally see. → Read More

How do we age and can we ‘delay’ it?

Ageing starts from the moment we are conceived. And while much anti-ageing research is under way, the most effective option we have is at our fingertips. → Read More

It’s getting harder not to hate Australia for its iron border

Families that span different countries understand that years of separation is a price we have had to pay in this pandemic. But my god, it’s starting to really hurt. → Read More

To make your mind a nicer place to live, think of it as a houseboat

Campbell Walker’s new illustrated guide to the brain is unlike any you’ve seen before, and he’s one of many young Australians changing the way we approach our minds and our mental health. → Read More

We tried six meditation apps. This is what we thought

Meditation apps can teach us a skill that takes us well beyond life in lockdown. We reviewed six of the most popular on the market. → Read More

It’s prickly, so know the skills: Four common conversations about vaccination

From dealing with a loved one who is vaccine hesitant, to explaining the benefits of AstraZeneca or even simply asking whether your friend or hairdresser is vaccinated, here’s your complete guide. → Read More

‘I’m only halfway through my life’: Midlife women are done with being dismissed

Exasperated women around the country are increasingly demanding to be listened to over their health concerns, be it over menopause or COVID-19 vaccination. → Read More