The Sustenance of Social Support

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Episode 51 – The Sustenance of Social Support

Chris and Rowan discuss the importance of our social connections for our physical and mental health. We talk about some of the benefits that can come from social support and also some of the problems that can arise from loneliness and social isolation.

 

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This Week’s Links 

Regaining Our Social Connections – An article about the importance of social connections to our mental health as we come out of lockdown.

Breaking Point – An article examining the work of Hugh Mackay, looking at the relationship between mental health difficulties and a breakdown in social connection.

A Silver Lining – An article about the importance of people receiving social support after natural disasters to assist their mental health as a key part of their recovery.

Podcast with Hugh Mackay “What Might a Kindness Revolution Look Like?” – ABC Conversations

The Importance of Building Your Tribe – video

The Presenters

Geelong Psychologist Chris Mackey ad his son Rowan Mackey have a podcast which helps people with lockdown mental health.
Picture: Mark Wilson

Rowan Mackey is a content producer and digital creative. After studying sports media and law at the University of Canberra, he found himself drawn to digital media after attending the first conference for podcasters in the southern hemisphere, We Are Podcast in 2016. He is also the principal of Easygoing Digital, where he has been involved in over 500,000 podcast downloads as a presenter and producer.

He currently produces the official Geelong Cats podcast, To the Final Bell and is a producer of the TV show Destination Happiness airing nationally in Australia on Channel 9 and Internationally with the Discovery Channel. He has also worked with notable organisations such as The Geelong Grammar School and Lyons Construction.

Rowan is the Digital Media Manager at Chris Mackey and Associates.

Chris Mackey is a clinical and counselling psychologist and Fellow of The Australian Psychological Society with 40 years’ psychotherapy experience. The second edition of Chris’s book, The Positive Psychology of Synchronicity: Enhance Your Mental Health with the Power of Coincidence, was released internationally in August 2019.

Chris is also the resident psychologist for TV show Destination Happiness, where he presents the “Happy Mind” segment, involving brief tips based on the science of positive psychology. He also writes a regular opinion column for The Geelong Advertiser and is the resident psychologist on K-Rock radio in the mornings.

Chris was the recipient of the 2019 Australian Allied Health Impact Award for his clinical research and training, media involvement and for authoring a book on positive psychology and synchronicity.

Get in touch with Chris and Rowan – podcast@chrismackey.com.au

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