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Mental Health Matters - Why I Chose to Become a Mental Health Professional

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Jack and I attend the Ryan Catholic College Stand With Us Day 2017

This coming week is Mental Health Week, and my colleague Jack has asked me to answer the following questions:

1. Why is mental health important to me?
2. Why did I choose to go into a professional that seeks to “help” or “improve” mental health?

I think the best way to start is by talking about one of the best random encounters with a stranger I’ve ever had...

A few weeks ago I was waiting to board my ferry home, ready to fall into bed because of “that damn cold” that everyone seemed to get this year. I was approached by a guy asking where we purchase tickets at night, as the terminal was closed. Without hesitation I helped him out, and then apologised for almost sneezing on him. Now usually being a sneezy, coughing-mess of a human will deter people from talking to you, let alone coming within a 5 metre radius. This guy however was not deterred. As we boarded the ferry, Nice Guy, (as we will refer to him) asked if it was okay to sit with me. Now, I’d just finished an almost twelve-hour day and was feeling less than chatty, but my good manners prevailed and I responded with “you’re welcome to sit with me, but don’t blame me if you get sick!”

Financial Stress and Anxiety - Costing You Your Sense


Our lives are getting busier, and learning how to relieve worry and increase our satisfaction in life is starting to become an obvious task – we can’t just hope that these things will happen without us paying close attention to them. No one is going to care more about these things than you.

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This is me in action!

People are talking about these issues and thanks to a shift in societal awareness, mental health issues are now being addressed in the media, the corporate world and among the general public. Issues like depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts are prevalent on the posters in male bathrooms, while post-natal depression, eating disorders and self-injury are explored in female orientated print sources. There is however a growing trend for an issue which doesn't discriminate on gender, age or ethnicity – it can affect anyone.

Coaching and Listening to Feedback Will Make You Great!

Today I was chased down the street because I didn’t pay for my breakfast...

Usually I don’t walk out of cafes without paying - I’ll tell you more about my red-faced experience in a second. For the last couple of days, I’ve been in Sydney upskilling myself further in Executive Coaching, at the very fancy “Institute of Coaching and Consulting Psychology”. As part of my upskilling, I need to listen to feedback on my coaching style, provide coaching to others, as well as do some serious self-reflection.

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The Beautiful University of Sydney. Notice the GREEN grass for those of us that call Townsville home.

I’m a big believer that once people stop growing, they also stop being able to help others. Given my job is to enable people to reach goals through intellectual and behavioural changes, I (personally) need to continually develop, hence me signing up the executive coaching course. If I’m being honest, part of me thought it would be a ‘nice refresher’, but actually I learned some amazing things, and even had an epiphany thanks to people practicing their coaching skills on me. Now I’ve set the scene, let me tell you about my breakfast.

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More Opportunities, More Pathways

Jack Ebert (Be Psyched’s Marketing Intern) shares his experience from a recent representative football trip and how exciting it is to have more than one career pathway.


Having just returned from chilly Penrith, New South Wales, I have finally had the chance to reflect on what was an unforgettable experience – officiating at the Australian Open Schoolboys Rugby League National Championships, and the Festival of Rugby League World Cups (Including national and international Defence Forces, and University teams).

When I received notification that I was one of the four referees selected to officiate at the National Championships, I read the email over and over to see if it was a mistake! I literally jumped for joy all through my house and immediately rang my partner to share the good news with her. She was just as excited for me. It was so humbling to be given the opportunity to participate in such a high standard of football and something I am beyond grateful for.

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The Benefits of Having a Mentor and Mentee Relationship, and Why Your Employer Should Support It

Alexandra Whitehead (pictured above with her awesome mentor, Carolyn McManus) offers some insight into the importance of Mentor-Mentee relationships. 

Why do I have a mentor?

Over the years I’ve had mentors who are good at asking me the ‘right’ questions, ones which stretch me outside of my comfort zone, challenge my thinking and also my behaviours. It can be a scary process... knowing that you’ve got someone who will keep you accountable! While I’ve had mentors that are psychologists, I’ve also had mentors outside of the psychology industry as well, again to give me a different perspective. These relationships have allowed me to develop lifelong friendships as well as grow both personally and professionally. This thirst for growth is why I have a mentor at all times.