Anxiety & Depression: Understanding the Signs and Symptoms…And When It’s Time to Seek Help

Based on research and clinical work with almost 20,000 people, Professor Titov will explore the difference between healthy and unhealthy symptoms of stress, anxiety, and low mood, and when to get help.

You’ll learn three core principles of staying emotionally healthy, examples of common symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as helpful strategies for staying well.

After listening, please leave a comment to share what tips or ideas you’re taking from this session. We’d love to hear what’s helpful for you!

About Professor Nick Titov, Clinical Psychologist

Professor Nick Titov – Psychologist, Co-Director eCentre Clinic Mancquarie University, Project Director MindSpot Australia

Professor Nick Titov – Psychologist, Co-Director eCentre Clinic Mancquarie University, Project Director MindSpot Australia

Professor Nick Titov is passionate about increasing access to mental health services. Nick is Co-Director of the eCentreClinic at Macquarie University. The eCentreClinic is a research unit that develops and evaluates internet-delivered treatments for common mental disorders. Nick has been involved in more than 60 clinical trials of internet-delivered treatments involving more than 6,000 people, with excellent outcomes.

Nick is also Project Director of the MindSpot Clinic, an Australian national digital mental health service that provides virtual assessment and treatment for adults with anxiety and depression. MindSpot employs a team of 50 people and since 2013, has provided services to more than 50,000 Australian adults, many of whom were not able to access traditional face-to-face mental health services.

Nick is also a Clinical Psychologist, he serves on the New South Wales Board of the Psychology Board of Australia, and he advises NGOs and Government about safe and effective use of digital mental health services. Nick has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals. He has also received more than $30 million in research and project funding in the last 5 years.

You can access the MindSpot Clinic via: mindspot.org.au

How Physical Activity & Exercise Supports Your Mental Health

Physical activity and exercise can play an important role in enhancing wellbeing and preventing or managing poor mental health.

In this interview, psychologist and physical activity researcher Dr Nicola Burton outlines the relationships between physical activity and mental health and shares simple strategies to help you stick to an activity plan.

About Dr Nicola Burton, Psychologist & Senior Research Fellow

Dr Nicola Burton – Psychologist & Senior Research Fellow, University of Queensland

Dr Nicola Burton – Psychologist & Senior Research Fellow, University of Queensland

Nicola is a registered psychologist with endorsements in clinical and health psychology. She has experience as a clinician and university lecturer, and as a researcher she studies physical activity/exercise patterns, influences, interventions, and links with health and wellbeing. She is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

After graduating with a Masters in Clinical Psychology from The University of Queensland (UQ), Nicola practiced as a consultant psychologist in the areas of employee assistance and vocational/psychiatric rehabilitation; with a specific focus on stress and anxiety disorders, and self-management/behaviour change programs.

Moving to an academic career, she has developed and delivered courses in areas related to health psychology, public health and health promotion. Nicola completed a PhD in public health and has extensive experience in the management and administration of research projects, including literature reviews, cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, population-based survey studies, intervention and randomised controlled trials, and interview and focus groups.

Nicola is interested in the influences on physical activity; physical activity interventions (in particular behavioural counselling) to promote mental and physical health; and the association between physical activity/sedentary behaviour and well-being.

You can connect with Nicola here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicola-burton-5618352b/?originalSubdomain=au

Understanding the Mind-Body Connection for Increased Confidence, Memory & Happiness

The mind and the body used to be treated separately but now modern science shows that the two are inextricably inter-connected.

In this talk, psychologist Therese Sheedy will outline the mind-body connection and how we can use it to our advantage – to boost our physical heath AND our mental health.

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About Therese Sheedy, Psychologist

Therese Sheedy – Psychologist, Clinical Director at Positive Mind Body Australia; Director Exploring Mindful Moments

Therese Sheedy – Psychologist, Director Exploring Mindful Moments

Therese is a nationally registered psychologist and mindfulness practitioner. Working from a positive and optimistic psychological framework, Therese’s work focuses on building resilience, connectedness and wellbeing. Therese uses mindfulness as a philosophy for living which she brings to all her work. She specialises in mindfulness-based therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction.

Part of the first cohort in Australia to complete the Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, Therese has continued to maintain her knowledge of best practice and scientific knowledge in psychology to her previous work and training in this field.

Also a meditation trainer with a Certificate in Positive Psychology Coaching, Positive Education and Emotional Intelligence Therese is well placed to support any workplace in focusing on achieving high levels of personal satisfaction enhancing team cohesion and success.

Therese is also one of the first cohort trained in Australia in the .b Program (stop and breathe), focusing on mindfulness and adolescents.

With a special interest in conflict resolution Therese supports schools and workplaces as a trainer in Restorative Justice. This work is highly satisfying bringing all parties in a conflict together to get true resolution, allowing people to ‘move on’ and work cooperatively together.

Acquiring accreditation in Team Management Systems Profiling enables Therese to support individuals and teams in becoming aware of their preferred team role and how they can contribute to developing a high performing team within their workplace.

You can connect with Therese via: mindfulmoments.net.au