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learning & Education

People say that 'knowledge is power' and 'the key to life is to keep educating yourself'.  They also say 'the only thing that is constant in life is change' and that 'change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous in the end'.  These quotes all sum up key therapeutic elements, and these basic ideas may be viewed in the Model of Change diagram, which illustrates the process of change (as based on Prochaska and DiClemente's five stage model of change).

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There are therapeutic practices which have been proven to work, and many researchers and theorists have spent much time identifying effective treatments for mental health challenges.  Learning about an illness gives you more opportunity to help understand it and manage yourself through it; learning about available evidence-based treatment pathways can also help you make an informed decision about which treatment methods may suit you.

Lynda is extremely proactive in assisting people to understand the local mental health service system, and to help those negotiate a suitable pathway for themselves or their family member or friend.  There are many more options made available recently, and My Mind Matters is committed to assisting you as best and professionally as possible.

Changing Perceptions

Reviewing your thinking and behaviour patterns can be an important first step in considering how you look at a problem, issue or situation. 'When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change' is a classic quote at My Mind Matters, as shared by Wayne W Dyer.  Sometimes we can get 'stuck' in our thinking or behaviour patterns, and sometimes looking at things with fresh (or different) eyes can help.  How you choose to see things can greatly impact on your mental health and your life perceptions, so sometimes it can help to 're-look' at things with the help of a qualified professional.


Sometimes we can run on auto-pilot, and this mindlessness can inadvertently negatively impact our lives.  Increasing our awareness is a core skill in developing a greater understanding of ourselves and how we deal with things.

Learning a new task can be daunting, however, over time we can move through each phase and become more aware of what we are doing and master this new task, even to the point of 'doing it in our sleep' (i.e. driving home and arriving there not remembering any details of the journey).  Ellen J. Langer, a My Mind Matters favourite, is incredibly insightful in her book 'The Power of Mindful Learning'.

The learning ladder, as pictured, illustrates a similar method of change which moves us through, at the bottom, from not being aware that we can't do something - to being aware that we cannot do something - to being aware that we can do something - to not being aware that we are doing something.  Looking at how we do some of these 'auto-pilot' activities can impact our lives either positively or negatively.  Grasping similar snippets of quality information like this, is something My Mind Matters takes a lot of pride in helping you understand things better.

Coping Skills

Looking at coping skills is a favourite at My Mind Matters as it is amazing how reviewing these items, and tweaking them up, can really make a difference to our lives.

Self & Others

Making sure we look after ourselves, and spend time nurturing the relationship we have with ourselves, is a key therapeutic aspect at My Mind Matters.  Many of these coping skills noted in the diagram above, overflow into how we manage ourselves and those around us.


How we talk to ourselves and others, bears significant impact on the quality of our lives. What we do with ourselves in our community also influences our mental health.  If you do have a problem, or know of someone who is struggling, there is help out there and it is important to take action.

Seek information at the Griffith Neighbourhood House Community Centre or via their website to find extensive information about what options are available.  'When we seek help, people are there to help.  But you have to take the first step and ask for it'.

My Mind Matters Favourite Resource Downloads - For People Who Access Services

Beyondblue SenseAbility - POSTER
Consumer and Carer Guide to Recovery Principles that support Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Practice - PAMPHLET

Helping Children Learn to Regulate Their Emotions - ARTICLE
SOS for Emotions - Tools for Emotional Health - BOOKLET
Anxiety + Substance Use - BOOKLET
Mood + Substance Use - BOOKLET
Personality + Substance Use - BOOKLET

Psychosis + Substance Use - BOOKLET
Trauma + Substance Use - BOOKLET
The Company We Keep: A User's Guide to Mental Health Clinicians - BOOK
Psychobabble: The Little Red Book of Psychiatric Jargon  - BOOK
So you have a Mental Illness - What Now - BOOK

My Mind Matters Favourite Resource Downloads - For Professionals

Lifestyle and Mental Health - ARTICLE
Practitioners' Guide to Recovery Principles that support Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Practice - POSTER
Practitioners' Guide to Recovery Principles that support Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Practice - PAMPHLET
A National Framework for Recovery Oriented Mental Health Services - A Guide for Practitioners and Providers - BOOK
A National Framework for Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Services - Policy and Theory - BOOK
Mental Health for Emergency Departments - A Reference Guide - BOOK
A Manual of Mental Health Care in General Practice - John Davies - BOOK

Please make contact to discuss your mental health service needs