Mainstream media, including TV, radio and newspapers can have a very important role in promoting positive physical and mental health. Conveying health messages through popular media has a much greater reach than typical health interventions, which are generally targeted to individuals. As a clinical psychologist that is why I’m especially pleased to be involved in… Read more »
One of the clearest emerging directions for mental health interventions in the 21st-century is the need to acknowledge a spiritual dimension in life. Spirituality partly involves a belief in some larger consciousness beyond ourselves that affects our lives. Religious people might refer to God, whereas others might consider that they receive messages or guidance from… Read more »
One of the clearest emerging directions for mental health in the 21st century is the need to acknowledge a spiritual dimension in life. This article explores the concept of synchronicity, first introduced by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, and how it may fill the spiritual void that currently exists in our society.
This article relates to the idea that mental health is often conflated with mental illness, which can distract from the notion of mental health as being a positive attribute that we can all further develop.
One thing that strikes me about the term “mental health” is that we often use it as a euphemism for mental illness. For example, many events around the country in mental health week are geared toward raising awareness about and de-stigmatising mental illness. Whereas these are thoroughly worthwhile goals, there is more to mental health… Read more »
Individuals and workplaces around the world are increasingly drawing on scientifically supported strategies from the field of positive psychology to bolster mood, wellbeing, productivity and effectiveness. Fortunately, some of the most helpful strategies are some of the simplest, and often cost nothing to apply. One such example is expressing gratitude. It could be worth reminding… Read more »
This article relates to an increase in the number of workplaces drawing upon scientifically supported strategies from the field of positive psychology to bolster mood, well-being, productivity and effectiveness.
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 »
An article reflecting on the de-stigmatisation that has occurred around mental illness within society and the benefits that are provided by speaking out and taking a proactive approach to any difficulties faced.
How important is your pet for your well-being? Do you consider your pet to be a part of your family? Would you mention your dog or cat if you were asked to list your most important social supports? Health professionals, including myself, have tended to underestimate the potential importance of pets in people’s lives. The… Read more »