Category: Geelong Advertiser Articles

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

  Avoid the Lapse

This article is written in response to recent restrictions imposed throughout the state of Victoria. It draws similarities between a community response to the second wave of COVID-19 to a relapse prevention model in psychology. This model looks at times when a lapse has occurred and identifies strategies to reduce the likelihood another lapse occurs… Read more »

  Enrich and Live

This article, first seen in the Geelong Advertiser looks at the link between addictions and the social environment.

  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 »