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”.
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.
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 »
How do the major parties prioritise mental health? This article looks at the approaches of the two major parties towards mental health as we near the 2019 Federal Election.
The conviction of Cardinal Pell for serious sexual crimes against children is starkly confronting. This article explores the idea of a shadow side and how one can mislead those around them as to the nature of their true character. If we can deceive ourselves by playing down or disowning our less attractive characteristics, we can… Read more »
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.
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the work of American geologist Gregg Braden, who contends that our society is being negatively influenced by an outdated understanding of the evolutionary model, due to the fact that it does not account for the significant progress humans have made by employing a collaborative,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.
This article examines a number of instances of bullying by political leaders in Australia and beyond and how we can instead take a respectful approach to those around us.
This article explores whether we should change the date of Australia Day from January 26th.
This article relates to a recent session by political journalist Laura Tingle on the impact of staff cuts on what news is reported and the way that it is reported. The session was at the Word for Word Non-Fiction Writer’s Festival that took place in Geelong in November 2017.