Psychology Week is a an annual APS (Australian Psychological Society) initiative. This year it takes place 8 -14 November 2015 and aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help individuals and communities by supporting people to live healthier, happier and more meaningful lives. Continue reading →
Similar to a caterpillar undergoing metamorphosis as it transforms and eventually emerges as an adult butterfly, Learn.Grow.Flourish has been going through its own gradual transformation since first opening its doors for business on 15th May 2015. Continue reading →
World Mental Health Day aims to promote public awareness of mental issues worldwide. This year the day falls within Queensland Mental Health Week 4th October – 11th October 2015. The focus for Queensland Mental Health Week this year was ‘Value Mental Health’.
World Mental Health Day in Australia set its focusing on three objectives:
Harvey Ball, a commercial artist, from Worcester Massachusetts, introduced the ‘smiley face’ in 1963.
Concerned that this symbol had started to lose its original message in the rapid commercialisation of the symbol, Ball introduced the idea of World Smile Day (1st Friday of October) – encouraging people to devote one day in the year to smiles and kind acts to others.
For this day, Ball proposed that just as the ‘smiley face’ knows no barriers of language, race, politics etc, neither should we.
Good mental health/ wellbeing allows us to cope with the normal stresses of life, work towards our potential and contribute to our community . Similar to physical health, mental health needs nurturing and attention to preserve its healthy state.
Life often presents us with opportunities for self-growth – to embrace our inner strengths and develop more effective ways to cope with what life offers. At times this can be achieved independently, other times guidance and support may be needed.
Neither way is better or right – What is important, is the choice to Learn, Grow and Flourish.
Learn.Grow.Flourish offers a range of services aimed at supporting and encouraging children and young adults to develop skills to help them succeed as an individual at school and within the community.
These services range from working with the children and young adults to the adults who care and work with them.:
Counselling – specific to a presenting challenge or goal set by the young person/parent
Career Counselling – working with young adults to discover future goals regarding career opportunities
Parent Support – on parenting concerns. E.g: behaviour management, juggling parenting and work, supporting a child with a diagnosed disability
Wellbeing Check – reviewing current circumstances when concerns are developing or when experiencing a change or transition which may benefit from additional support – E.G a stressful time in life such as exams, change in circumstances
Character strengths have been declared the ‘backbone of Positive Psychology’. From the combined efforts of Dr Martin Seligman, Dr Neal Mayerson and Dr Chris Peterson, the VIA (Values in Action) classification of character strengths was developed to describe 24 key character strengths that in varying degrees make up our unique profile. Characteristics that define what is best about people Continue reading →
Stress Down Day is an initiative hosted by Lifeline to encourage people to reduce stress within their lives while raising money to support Lifeline’s array of community support services. Continue reading →
Sleep Awareness Week, an annual event hosted by the Sleep Health Foundation, aims to promote awareness of the importance of sufficient and quality sleep to our health, wellbeing and ability to cope with daily stressors at home, school and/ or at work.
At the North Qld Babies and Kids Markets today, Learn.Grow.Flourish gave away Wellbeing Packs as a reminder of how important our wellbeing is and how unique, valuable and important we all are.What is Wellbeing?
Good mental health/ wellbeing allows us to cope with the normal stresses of life, work towards our potential and contribute to our community . Similar to physical health, mental health needs nurturing and attention to preserve its healthy state. Life often presents us with opportunities for self-growth – to embrace our inner strengths and develop more effective ways to cope with what life offers. At times this can be achieved independently, other times Continue reading →
Tracy Blanchard is a registered psychologist and teacher who has worked with children within the education setting for over ten years. Tracy’s Thoughts On… aims to explore a range of common challenges faced by children, adolescents, teachers and parents while shifting the mindset to focus on creating the desired outcome. Continue reading →