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?”

What is Depression and How Can We Manage It?

Ministry of Health Vanuatu April 2019 Mental Health Newsletter What is Depression? Approximately 1-in-5 people will experience Depression at some stage of their lives. It is normal for people to experience short periods of sadness. Although some people may say that they are depressed if they feel sad at times, Depression, formally known as Major DepressiveContinue reading “What is Depression and How Can We Manage It?”

Mental Illness and Mental Health

MINISTRY OF HEALTH –VANUATU Mental Health Newsletter January 2019 Welcome to the first Mental Health Newsletter in 2019. The topic for the month of January is Mental Health and Mental Illness. What is Mental Health? The World Health Organisation defined mental health in 2014 as “a state of well-being in which every individual: realises hisContinue reading “Mental Illness and Mental Health”

Do the Little Things We Do Matter?

I love the above quote by Lao Tzu. It really highlights to me that all of the little choices we make in life are important, especially in the long run. Not any one choice, or any particular action, unless it is unusually severe or unforgivable. I’m talking about the little things that we do onContinue reading “Do the Little Things We Do Matter?”

It’s Okay to Still Fall into Life Traps… We All Do!

Life-traps are self-defeating ways of perceiving, feeling about and interacting with oneself, others and the world. If you are wanting to get a sense of what your life-traps may be, the book ‘Reinventing your life’ by Jeffrey Young is an excellent place to start, as it goes into 11 different ones. If you want a moreContinue reading “It’s Okay to Still Fall into Life Traps… We All Do!”

What Happens if You Go to Bed Too Early?

The fifteenth variable that I will be manipulating across a two week period to examine its impact on sleep is the effective behavioural intervention for insomnia called stimulus control. I will see if going to bed too early can substantially reduce sleep quality.  I will discuss what my data shows, how easy or difficult I foundContinue reading “What Happens if You Go to Bed Too Early?”

Shame and Guilt: Which One is Helpful, and How Can We Effectively Manage These Difficult Emotions?

What are shame and guilt? In the fascinating and comprehensive book ‘Shame and Guilt’ by June Tangney and Ronda Dearing, they describe shame and guilt as universal human emotions that are functionally important at both an individual and a relationship level. Features shared by shame and guilt (Tangney & Dearing, 2002): Shame and guilt are bothContinue reading “Shame and Guilt: Which One is Helpful, and How Can We Effectively Manage These Difficult Emotions?”

The Need to Belong

Historically Before the industrial revolution, humans lived in small groups that they were born into and had minimal interaction outside these groups for the duration of their lives. Because humans were not great at surviving in the wild, we used our frontal lobes, communication skills and opposable thumbs to work together to build villages andContinue reading “The Need to Belong”