20 Fascinating Paradoxes About Life

What is a Paradox? According to the Oxford dictionary, a paradox is a noun that has two meanings: 1. A seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated may prove to be well founded or true. 2. A person or thing that combines contradictory features or qualities. I love paradoxes because they areContinue reading “20 Fascinating Paradoxes About Life”

What Psychological Strategies Can Improve Your Sporting Performance the Most?

I’ve played a lot of sport in my lifetime. My first basketball game was on the Diamond Valley mini-courts in Victoria, Australia when I was six years old. My most recent game was this week at Wan Smol Bag in Port Vila, Vanuatu. That means I’ve been playing organised sport for over 27 years now.BothContinue reading “What Psychological Strategies Can Improve Your Sporting Performance the Most?”

Dealing With Work Stress and Burnout

MINISTRY OF HEALTH VANUATU MENTAL HEALTH NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2019 Not all stress is bad for you. Sometimes stress is exciting, like planning a holiday or a family function, starting a new job or moving into your new home. In these circumstances, your feelings can be a combination of excitement and anticipation mixed with some concernsContinue reading “Dealing With Work Stress and Burnout”

What Separates a Good Athlete From a Truly Great One?

Could You Be Like Mike?Michael Jordan is potentially the greatest basketball player of all time. He is also thought to be the king of staying laser focused and composed under pressure, and consistently performing at his best. He holds the record of 866 straight games in the NBA scoring at least 10 points, and heContinue reading “What Separates a Good Athlete From a Truly Great One?”

Understanding Anxiety

Ministry of Health Vanuatu October 2019 Mental Health Newsletter Understanding Anxiety Is Anxiety the same thing as Stress? Sometimes people use the terms stress and anxiety to explain the same feeling. However, to a mental health expert, the difference is essential, because the management of each condition are different. Negative stress or distress is theContinue reading “Understanding Anxiety”

Self-harm and Suicide Prevention

Ministry of Health Vanuatu September 2019 Newsletter The 10th September 2019 is World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide According to the World Health Organisation, a person dies from suicide somewhere in the world every 40 seconds. This means that nearly 800,000 people die from suicide across the world every year. Guyana has the highest suicide rateContinue reading “Self-harm and Suicide Prevention”

What Values Do You Try to Live Your Life By?

Values are guiding principles for our lives that are endless pursuits. We cannot achieve a value in the same way we can accomplish a goal. However, at any point in time, you can connect with them, act in accordance to them, and receive the vitality, energy, improved self-worth, greater emotional well-being and happiness that areContinue reading “What Values Do You Try to Live Your Life By?”

Youth Mental Health & Managing Exam Stress

Ministry of Health Vanuatu August 2019 Mental Health Newsletter The 12th August 2019 is International Youth Day. In October 2018, Vanuatu’s Mental Health Team travelled to Epi to visit patients and discuss mental health treatment with the nurses at Vaemali Health Centre. They also had the opportunity to talk to some of the high schoolContinue reading “Youth Mental Health & Managing Exam Stress”

How do we change our stress levels if they are not helping us to function well during the day or sleep well at night?

Stress levels that are both too low and too high can cause problems at different times of the day and in different situations. It is important to first figure out if your stress level is too low, too high or just right for the situation that you are in. The best way to figure outContinue reading “How do we change our stress levels if they are not helping us to function well during the day or sleep well at night?”

How Do We Tackle Addiction and Substance Use Problems?

Ministry of Health Vanuatu July 2019 Mental Health Newsletter Why do people use substances? We are not entirely sure, but we do know that mind and mood-altering substances have been used for thousands of years and are present to some degree in every society throughout the world. Some researchers say that it comes from anContinue reading “How Do We Tackle Addiction and Substance Use Problems?”