Tag: Depression

  Self-Compassion Bolsters our Mental Health

Self-compassion is important for our mental health and wellbeing. Most of us will suffer from at least some form of mental distress at some point in our lives that could warrant some external help, especially after intense or prolonged periods of stress. There is now much less stigma associated with seeking help for such difficulties… Read more »

  Beating the Winter Blues

As the days get shorter and colder, some of us will be dreading the “winter blues”. Geelong’s latitude of 38 degrees south means that there is substantial variation in our seasons. Many of us enjoy this variety and have different preferences for our favourite season (my theory is that depends partly on when we were… Read more »

  Cold Fire to the Blues

This article looks at the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder and how it can best be avoided during the colder months of the year.

  13 Reasons Why – To See or Not to See?

This article considers the potential positive and negative influence of the hit TV series, 13 Reasons Why, on young people’s mental health and wellbeing [Spoiler alert – some plot lines revealed] How could TV producers justify their graphic depiction of the suicide of a 17-year-old girl, a recognized risk factor for copycat suicidal behaviour? As many… Read more »

  Dealing with Suicidal Thoughts

How can we reduce the incidence of suicide? This is an ever more pressing question, and not just for mental health professionals. Few of us would be untouched by suicide in our local communities and wider social networks. Over the past month I have learnt of the heartbreakingly sad loss of two people through suicide,… Read more »

  Hurting? Reach Out

As instances of suicide are on the increase in Australia, this article emphasises the importance of reaching out and speaking to those close to you when going through dark times in order to avoid some of the more acutely suicidal thoughts that some may experience.

  Effectiveness of Psychological Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

Chris Mackey and Associates released the following information as a press release to numerous media outlets throughout Australia on September 1st, 2010.   New study supports clinical and cost effectiveness of psychological treatment under the Better Access Scheme The Better Access (Medicare rebate) scheme funds psychologists and other mental health practitioners to offer treatment in… Read more »

  Dealing with Burnout

“Burnout” is a term which relates to symptomatic distress we may experience after being in stressful circumstances associated with persistent demands placed on us. Burnout occurs when the demands on us outstrip our resources including strategies for coping. For example, we may become “burnt out” after a period of excessive work demands, especially when there… Read more »