Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people.
It is a unique web and
App-based program, designed to help bring balance to young lives. It is a not-for-profit initiative based on a process that provides a sense of calm, clarity and contentment. Check out Smiling Mind's free online programs at www.smilingmind.com.au
beyondblue, the national depression and anxiety initiative, provides information on depression and anxiety disorders, available treatments and details about where to get help in your area. You can visit www.beyondblue.org.au
or call the info line on
1300 22 4636.
Youthbeyondblue provides information on depression and anxiety, other issues young people face, and how to help a friend. Check out the free resources at www.youthbeyondblue.com
The science of optimism is foundational to building positive health and wellbeing. In fact, it can be taught and many people have learned the tools and strategies to discover resilience and mental fitness.
Positive Psychology explains that those who live in the minus zone, or who habitually focus on the deficit are prone to being flat and languishing. However, those who live in the plus zone, or who habitually operate from a strengths perspective are more likely to be lifted and flourish.
Spirals are a good way of illustrating our movement into and out of mind health. They represent circular pathways of mental resilience that are best described by the quality and strength of our attention. The mental attention can deviate to the negative or it can deviate to the positive.
When attention deviates to the negative, it engages a deficit-based perspective.
When attention deviates to the positive, it engages a strengths-based perspective.