Current psychological research
The British Psychological Society manages the award-winning blog, BPS Research Digest, which provides original, authoritative reports on the latest psychology research papers (and a few other fun features too).
Prevalence of mental health problems
A Guardian piece on burden of disease attributed to mental ill health in developing countries (some reference to WHO estimates).
Mental Health Foundation statistics (and mindfulness).
For a cultural perspective relevant to our international students, a Guardian report on mental Health treatment and population figures for China.
Mental illness in developing countries (Guardian Report).
Mental health issues in university students
Stigma regarding mental health
Ruby Wax on mental health
Comedian, Ruby Wax, discusses her depression openly and with humour. Her infamous TED talk (below) includes a brilliantly simple explanation of how our brains are out of step with contemporary Western society.
Online Mindfulness Resources
Free Mindfulness Resources
The Blackdog Institute offers a simple mindfulness brochure that outlines techniques and further resources for integrating mindfulness into everyday life.
ReachOut.com provides a more comprehensive online factsheet that details what mindfulness is, how it works and why it may be beneficial to our wellbeing.
The Greater Good Science Centre at Berkley University offers some advice on how to make mindfulness practice more appealing to young men.
Paid Mindfulness Resources
Be Mindful Online is paid an online course that shows you how to practise mindfulness in daily life. Mindfulness is a mind-body approach to life that helps people to relate differently to experiences. It involves paying attention to thoughts, feelings and body sensations in a way that increases our ability to manage difficult experiences and make wise choices.
Singing can aid well-being
Professor Jenny Sharples from Victoria University examined 'group singing' and its associated health and wellbeing benefits. The report concluded that group singing can lead to benefits such as increased self-confidence, empowerment, wellbeing and interpersonal skills, and lowered feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety.
Wellness Education at Victoria University
The Wellness 1 unit offered by Victoria University as part of its undergraduate psychology studies examines mind, body and spirit from psychological, physiological, philosophical and sociological perspectives.
Steve Robbins from the University of Michigan
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