Launch of National Mental Health Month
The Mental Health Foundation Australia cordially invites you to the Official Launch of National Mental Health Month on World Mental Health Day!
10th October 2020
10:00am – 12:00pm AEST
National Mental Health Month is an initiative of the Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) to advocate for and raise awareness of Australian mental health.
It is an important time where the Australian community comes together to raise awareness that #MentalHealthMatters.
This is a free event.
National Walk for Mental Health
You’re invited to our October Educational Webinar on “Impacts of Social Media on Mental Health”.
At this time of social distancing and isolation, social media can be an invaluable tool for keeping you in touch with friends, loved ones, and the wider world.
But it is important to consider being mindful of how it makes you feel. If spending time on social media exacerbates your stress, anxiety, and uncertainty, take steps to limit your engagement. And always check reputable news sources before believing or forwarding any rumours about COVID-19 that may cause panic.
With that, Mr Ashok Mysore will be presenting a 30-minute webinar with 15 minutes of Q & A sharing his insights about the Impacts of Social Media on Mental Health.
Details: Friday 23rd October, 1:00 PM AEST
2020 Mental Health Super Summit
At the 2020 Mental Health Super Summit and you’ll learn directly from an international who’s who of renowned experts, including:
- Dr. Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. (Beck Institute for CBT)
- A/Prof. Richard Schwartz, Ph.D. (Harvard Medical School)
- Prof. Pat Dudgeon, Ph.D. (University of Western Australia)
- Prof. Louis Cozolino, Ph.D. (Pepperdine University)
- Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, Ph.D. (United Suicide Survivors International)
- Dr. Jonathan Baylin, Ph.D. (Author & Clinical Psychologist)
- Prof. Amanda Richdale, Ph.D. (La Trobe University)
- Prof. Harry Blagg, Ph.D. (University of Western Australia)
- Dr. Vanessa Lee, Ph.D. (University of Sydney)
- Michael Burge, OAM (Australian College of Trauma Treatment)
- Prof. Robert Schweitzer, Ph.D. (The University of Queensland)
- Dr. Justin Coulson, Ph.D. (Happy Families)
- Prof. Louise Sharpe, Ph.D. (University of Sydney)
- Sunny Dhadley, FRSA (TEDx Speaker & Consultant)
- Prof. Sunil Bhar, Ph.D. (Swinburne University of Technology)
The Summit is delivered entirely online, with all sessions accessible in real-time and on-demand, from the comfort and safety of your home.
If you’re a mental health professional, this event is not to be missed.
As a participant, you choose what you pay to attend (from as little as $50), with all money raised going to the Act for Kids charity.
Mindmax is an app to maximise well-being and resilience and create a community of fit minds. Users are guided through the same wellbeing training undertaken by AFL players, to help them perform at their best. The app includes easy to use, bit-sized, dynamic training sessions, games and social sharing. It was developed by a range of collaborators, include AFL, Cricket Players Association, Qld University of Technology, University of Sydney, and RUOK?
Supporting children through drought
The long-term nature of drought can wear on even the toughest individuals. Just like adults, children can be impacted by the stress that drought can cause, particularly when it comes to worries in the family.
But, there are some simple strategies that parents and carers can use to help. This series of eight podcasts, we hear from parents, practitioners and community members about practical ways that they have supported children’s mental health during drought.
With an in-depth look at the affects connection has to a persons health and wellbeing. Tribe Talks collaborate with community leaders and discuss the importance of connection for themselves and the different organisations they represent. Giving you items for yo to use and share with your tribe!
The Allen Adventure
Could your kids use some help to managing emotions right now?
The Allen Adventure app is a fun, interactive story where children are able to choose how to respond to different situations faced by the main character who is an alien from another planet. The story moves through different scenarios faced by young children such as being over-excited, mean, prickly or angry. As well as the main storyline, the app includes mini-games such as matching facial expressions and body language displayed by different characters to their emotions.
Social and emotional wellbeing self-help app made for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian aged 15 years and over.
Take A Stand Together
Take A Stand Together is an anti-bullying app that can be used by children experiencing or witnessing bullying. The app goes through different scenarios and situations that many kids have experienced and shows them how to handle the situation and the varying levels of action that can be taken. Children are also required to build an avatar to make the game more fun and appealing.
The Recovery Record (Reachout Australia) app helps people to manage their journey to recovery from eating disorders. You can monitor your progress, receive affirmations, set personalised reminders and use other self-help activities. The app also links clinicians and others to track progress and easily contact their patient.
The Worry Time app from ReachOut allows your teenager to set time aside to deal with their anxiety. When they notice themselves worrying about something, they can add it to Worry Time and move on with their day. These worries can then be revisited and reviewed at a later time and they can delete the ones that no longer matter. Reachout Worry Time applies cognitive techniques, designed to assist with anxiety and stress used by health and wellbeing practitioners.
The Mindshift app helps you tackle anxiety, perfectionism, social anxiety, performance anxiety, worry, panic and conflict. It includes cognitive-based tools, quick relief, a thought journal, coping cards, belief to face fears, expanding your comfort zone, a chill zone, regular check-ins, healthy habits to follow and goal setting.
Is your mind racing with everything that’s happening in our world at the moment? Need to find some space to think clearly?
Smiling Mind is meditation made easy. It’s a free, unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life. You can practice your daily meditation and mindfulness exercises from any device. They suggest just 10 minutes a day.
It now also includes a program called Thrive Inside – a special COVID-19 initiative to help you keep calm and healthy while you’re staying at home. Check it out at https://www.smilingmind.com.au/smiling-mind-app
Calm is a guided meditation app to help reduce stress and enhance wellbeing. The 7-step program teaches you how to meditate, with adjustable nature scenes and relaxing music tracks. Sessions range from 2 to 30 minutes on the topics of focus, creativity, energy, confidence, sleep and more
Calm Harm provides tasks that help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can add your own tasks too and it is completely private, and password protected. Please note that the app is an aid in treatment but does not replace it.
If you or someone close to you is considering suicide, a safety plan can be a reminder of the reasons to live and ways to stay safe.
The improved Beyond Now suicide safety planning app assists you to create your own suicide safety plan; a plan to keep you safe when experiencing suicidal thoughts. Using the app you can list ideas and contacts to stay safe, including warning signs, coping strategies, reasons for living, and ways to make your environment safe.
Stop, Breathe and Think
This free app helps you to learn to meditate, outlines the benefits and explains the neuroscience that underpins its effectiveness. It invites you to rate how you’re feeling each time you start the app, the recommends meditations, mindful walks or other videos that will match how you feel. Check out the ‘All Sessions’ section to find all the free meditations.
TUF Minds will help you help yourself and others. You can learn signs of suicide to look for, the questions to ask and the steps to take to help save a life. It also includes:
- Suicide Intervention and Positive Mindfulness Cognition Video Modules presented by Drs John and Elizabeth McIntosh
- Guided Mindfulness Audios about stress, anxiety, depression, relaxation and other topics
- Information channels for overall better health and wellbeing
Now you can play games and improve your mental health at the same time.
Superbetter is an app for people with depression, anxiety, or chronic pain and builds your resilience. You decide what you want to achieve from the app so this can then be used to serve you specifically. The app uses different types of achievable goals and includes other activities that aid in nutrition, social interaction, exercise and mental resilience with level ups to make the game more interesting/fun. These tasks are formulated into goals and games to make the app more interactive. ‘Powerups’ are positive things or activities such as walking around the block that boost confidence and make you happy. ‘Bad Guys’ are negative habits such as drinking coffee that set back the progress of the user. Superbetter is available on the app store for free.
A beautiful interactive real-time fluid dynamics simulation, control fluid flow and stunning colours at the tips of your fingers.
Free Audible Books
Free Audible Books has opened its collection of kids’ books to be freely streamed on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. There are hundreds of stories for little kids, elementary readers, tweens and teenagers, with a range of genres and six languages. Kids will find them very easy to access and download. Check them out at https://stories.audible.com/start-listen.
The Shed Wireless
The Shed Wireless is a weekly podcast brought to you by The Australian Men’s Shed Association with weekly podcasts. They will cover details and discoveries all things Men’s Sheds and other interesting stuff. The Shed Wireless is available through the Men’s Shed website.
Not Alone with Marc Fennell
There are so many different stories when it comes to mental health and there is always others people going through it too. A podcast brought to you by Beyond Blue, where mental health journey’s are highlight by everyday Australians that can help you with yours! Not Alone is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
You Can (Emily Skye)
Emily Skye is a leading Australian fitness icon. In her podcasts, she explores a wide range of topics from beauty, mental health and business to relationships, life as a Mum and social media. The length of each podcast ranges from anywhere between 40 minutes to an hour. These podcasts are available online on YouTube, Apple Podcasts and Podtail.
Crappy to Happy
Cass Dunn is a clinical psychologist who chats with inspiring guests to help listeners understand the reasons as to why they may not be performing their best. Crappy to Happy is a podcast for people who have low level of motivation, energy and mood. The podcast enables listeners to make changes in their lives to build confidence, happiness and energy. Popular topics include escaping the cult of “busy”, overcoming emotional eating, taming self-criticism and perfectionism, achieving goals and ending self-sabotage. Crappy to Happy is available on Podcast One Australia and Apple Podcast.
The Howie Games
Mark Howard is a sports journalist who speaks one-on-one with some of the biggest names of the sporting world. The Howie Games is the #1 Australian sports podcast and opens up the real stories behind the headlines and talks with famous sportsmen and women about their journey into their profession, how they take their wins and losses and how they take on sport and life. The Howie Games is available on Podcast One Australia and Apple Podcast.
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