Category: Geelong Advertiser Articles

Chris Mackey’s articles appear regularly in the Geelong Advertiser newspaper in Geelong, Australia.

  The Right Words

This article describes some strategies you can use with your kids to talk about suicide.

  Conflict Busters

This article discusses some ways of managing conflict in the home, with a particular emphasis on managing conflict in the context of lockdown.

  Come on Strong

This Addy article by Chris Mackey describes the single most useful positive psychology exercise that he thinks could be of benefit to all of us in dealing with the challenges of the COVID-19 era.

  Just Give it Time

This article reflects on how our reactions and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic will impact not only on our wellbeing as individuals but also the wellbeing of those around us. Please also see a short video from Chris Mackey on applying positive psychology to respond to the coronavirus.  

  Positive Vibes

Today’s Geelong Advertiser article spells out the main theme that Chris will cover in monthly articles this year, following the theme of “it’s time for positive psychiatry”.

  Silver Lining

This article is about the importance of people receiving social support after natural disasters to assist their mental health as a key part of their recovery. The recent Australian bushfires have revealed a great deal of goodwill in this way.

  Family Foibles

This article is about those for whom Christmas is not such a joyous time because of painful childhood memories.

  Balancing Act

  How do we find a good work-life balance? This is one of the more commonly requested topics by workgroups for talks about mental health, but I think it’s a more complicated question than it looks. This article looks at how to balance work and lifestyle choices in the context of trying to achieve maximally,… Read more »

  Shared Courage

This article relates to the great work being done by Foundation 61 with members of the community who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. It follows a session spent with Foundation 61 residents for the TV wellbeing show, Destination Happiness.

  Heady Days

This article is a reflection upon some of the striking cases of synchronicity that Chris experienced during his recent book tour to the United Kingdom, which included finding a beer called the Hoptimistic Monk.