Category: Geelong Advertiser Articles

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

  Happy Medium

Mainstream media can have a particularly important role in promoting positive physical and mental health. This article examines what that role is and why a more positive approach to mainstream media would be beneficial for consumers.

  Beating Bullies

Bullying is a significant social problem, partly because of its harmful impact on mental health. This article examines the impact of bullying and some practical ways that bullying can be addressed or mitigated. Click here for a video of Chris’s aforementioned session at Unleash the Beast Writing and Well-Being Symposium entitled: Sticks and Stones….Words Can… Read more »

  Better Together

When is it best to compete and when is it best to collaborate? This article looks at the difference between taking a competitive and collaborative approach to a task, particularly in the context of the Thai cave rescue of 12 young soccer players and their coach.

  Enlighten Up

This article examines the work of American geologist Gregg Braden, who contends that our society is being negatively influenced by an outdated understanding of the evolutionary model, due to the fact that it does not account for the significant progress humans have made by employing a collaborative, rather than a distinctly competitive approach to each other.

  Free Your Mind

This article examines some of the take-aways from the science and spirituality conference in Vancouver, Canada in June of 2018.

  Affairs in Order

This article examines the work of Dr Esther Perel, who contends that we can learn much about marriages from looking at affairs.

  Launch into Life

How can we get unstuck from a problematic behaviour? This article looks at a technique pioneered by author Mel Robbins called the five-second rule for behaviour change.

  Identity Crisis

Research shows that approximately 75 per cent of young transgender adults have been clinically depressed, around 80 per cent have self-harmed and about half have attempted suicide. This article explores some of the scientific literature surrounding transgenderism.  

  Positive Power

Some of the most important messages about mental health are simple optimistic messages. This article explores the role of the media in perpetuating a positive environment for our community, as well as how a pessimistic outlook has been perpetuated by pharmaceutical companies in order to gain financially.

  Positive Power

This article outlines the contribution that Geelong is making to the wellbeing of hundreds of millions of people across the world led by Geelong Grammar’s pioneering of the positive education movement within Australia and beyond.