#88 Protecting physical health in people with mental illness with Dr Joe Firth, PhD
#81 Health coaching in practice with Kim Poyner, practice nurse & Simon Matthews, psychologist
#79 Positive psychology with Dr Tim Sharp, aka Dr Happy
#71 Acceptance and commitment therapy with Prof Bruce Arroll, GP
#66 Prescribing happiness with Dr Darren Morton, PhD
#48 Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with Therrie Rosenvald, psychologist
#36 Asperger’s Syndrome with Prof Tony Atwood, PhD
#25 Mindfulness in clinical practice with A/Prof Craig Hassed, GP
#23 Mental health skills with Dr Johanna Lynch, GP
#19 Concepts around youth mental health with Dr Chris Ganora, GP
#16 Food and mood with Prof Felice Jacka
Centre for Clinical Interventions: Excellent free information handouts, worksheets and workbooks for a variety of mental health conditions from anxiety to interpersonal problems.
Religious-integrated cognitive behavioural therapy manuals, by Duke University
Black Dog Institute (Aus): Enabling mentally healthier lives through innovations in science, medicine, education, public policy and knowledge translation.
Headspace.org.au: mental health resources
Batyr: Giving a voice to the elephant in the room by smashing the stigma around mental health and creating positive behavioural change for young Australians now and in the future
PsychologyTools.com: evidence-based psychology tools for mental health professionals
ReachOut.com: Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents
EquallyWell.org.au: Resources, videos and handouts for health professionals and patients for improving physical health in those with mental illness
Acceptance Commitment Therapy resources & worksheets, by Bruce Arroll
The Butterfly Foundation: Support for Australians experiencing eating disorders
Examples of Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs): useful summary of unhelpful thoughts (pdf)
TED Talk on the space between self-esteem and self-compassion, by Kristin Neff
A brief video on grief – the ball in a box analogy, great for showing patients
Mindfulness – the sushi train metaphor, by Dr Russ Harris. Great for showing patients when introducing the concept.
Mind over Mood, Dennis Greenberger, PhD
Discover simple yet powerful steps you can take to overcome emotional distress–and feel happier, calmer, and more confident. This life-changing book has already helped more than 1,100,000 readers use cognitive-behavioral therapy–one of today’s most effective forms of psychotherapy–to conquer depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship problems.
Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zinn
Based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this classic, groundbreaking work—which gave rise to a whole new field in medicine and psychology—shows you how to use medically proven mind-body approaches derived from meditation and yoga to counteract stress, establish greater balance of body and mind, and stimulate well-being and healing. By engaging in these mindfulness practices and integrating them into your life from moment to moment and from day to day, you can learn to manage chronic pain, promote optimal healing, reduce anxiety and feelings of panic, and improve the overall quality of your life, relationships, and social networks.
Getting Unstuck in ACT, Russ Harris
In Getting Unstuck in ACT, psychotherapist and bestselling author of ACT Made Simple, Russ Harris, tackles common ACT obstacles faced by both therapists and their clients that can make them feel “stuck.” These obstacles include sending mixed messages on the part of the therapist, a lack of motivation on the clients’ part, as well as confusion regarding the theoretical basis of ACT. This book is a must-have for any ACT therapist looking to streamline their therapeutic approach.
Mindfulness for Life, Dr Craig Hassed
Mindfulness for Life is the only book you will ever need on mindfulness. It shows you how to apply mindfulness techniques to your own life whether you need help with medical conditions, personal development or spiritual development. Chapters are included on: stress and ageing, anxiety, depression, addiction, attention deficit orders, pain, weight management, eating disorders, heart disease and stroke, cancer, dementia and sleep; lifestyle, education, workplace, parenting and sporting enhancement; and self-actualisation, happiness and enlightenment development.
Free. Calm Harm provides tasks that help patients resist or manage the urge to self harm.
Free. An app that helps people understand and manage the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Based on the latest scientific understandings of PTSD, the app was modified from the US Department of Veteran Affairs app of the same name.
AIMS is designed for Veterans and military Service members but can be used by anyone coping with anger problems. The AIMS app is based on the Anger and Irritability Management Skills online self-help course.
Accredited Mental Health Professional training.
Free. A panel of health experts categorise, review and rate websites and mobile apps focussed on mental health.
Subscription-based. Courses for patients and clinicians designed to help you identify, understand and improve psychological difficulties like stress, insomnia, worry, anxiety & depression. Clinicians can register as prescribers for free and get access to CBT training, worksheets and more!Personally my preferred option of the online CBT options, though it is the only one that costs, most ~$59, but has a wider range e.g. includes insomnia, chronic pain. Good pictures and explanations, laid out well, and the least text heavy (still text heavy).
Various prices. Online assessment and CBT treatment for anxiety and depression, as well as courses. However, the most clunky interface I found, though it does have specific OCD and ATSI wellbeing modules which is good.
Subscription-based. Like an interactive self-help book which helps you to learn and practise skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. Free CBT for depression/anxiety, some humour, lots of self-assessment quizzes (too many for me, personally), so best suited for patients with patience.
Free trial available. BRAVE is based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), the most effective method for overcoming anxiety in children and teenagers. Around 80% of children are free of anxiety after completing the therapist-assisted, BRAVE-Online Program.
Requires purchase. An online educational adventure developed and presented by Dr Darren Morton, an internationally recognised wellbeing researcher and educator.
Free. Designed to address mild to moderate symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression through personalised treatments delivered entirely online.
Free. Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing and performance in work and life with this online course.
Various prices. A professional training program that has been run annually at Monash University since 2005. MBCT is a manualised group-based intervention designed to reduce rates of relapse of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and most commonly applied with people who have had multiple previous episodes of depression.
Based on Integrative Behavioural Couple Therapy, OurRelationship promotes emotional acceptance and associated behaviour change. The program takes 7-8 hours to complete, is designed to be undertaken as a couple (although it is possible to do it as an individual). Partners work separately and then have a joint conversation at the end of each of the three sections – titled ‘Observe’, ‘Understand’, and ‘Respond’. Respectively, these sections focus on observing the current state of one’s relationship, understanding problems, differences, stressors and patterns of communication, and how to accept, change, and communicate more effectively.
Free. A course for improving mental health through diet and nutrition.
Various courses and prices. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy workshops with Russ Harris. Internationally-acclaimed ACT trainer, Russ Harris is the author of the world’s best-selling ACT book, The Happiness Trap (as well as nine others).
Free. Developed for veterans by the US Department of Veteran Affairs, but can be used by anybody. AIMS helps you to get along better with people, control your reactions to irritating events and avoid the consequences of getting too angry. App also available (see ‘Apps’)
FoundmyFitness with Rhonda Patrick, PhD – Exercise as a Treatment for Depression: Apple Podcasts