I came across this brilliant Illustrated guide "Doing What Matters in Times of Stress", published by the World Health Organization.
It encompasses many powerful tools from Steven Hayes' (et al.) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which is my favourite go-to for work with clients. I love it because of its profound simplicity (no, that's not a contradiction in terms) and real-life approach. "Mr. ACT Australia" Russ Harris produced the content for this guide.
Please do yourself a favour and use the guide for yourself, or when working with clients. You'll be happy you did. -------------------------- "The guide aims to equip people with practical skills to help cope with stress. A few minutes each day are enough to practice the self-help techniques. The guide can be used alone or with the accompanying audio exercises. Informed by evidence and extensive field testing, the guide is for anyone who experiences stress, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances."
Such a good initiative. All counsellors and psychotherapists in Australia had better get on board!
We ARE making a difference. We CAN make a bigger one. ---------------------
"Australia is currently experiencing a mental health crisis.
As a result of the pandemic, demand for mental health services has spiked, especially in states that experienced long periods of lockdowns. Lifeline, for example, experienced an almost 70% increase in calls during and post this period, and there are now waiting lists of six weeks or more to see a mental health provider. The demand is so high that many psychologists are closing their books to new patients because they simply can’t keep up.
Counsellors Care aims to educate and encourage more Aussies to seek help from registered counsellors – a highly skilled and under-utilised mental health workforce.
Our answer to the workforce shortages threating Australia’s mental health system is clear - over 9,500 highly skilled and experienced registered counsellors can be better utilised, along with over 6,000 new and future graduates who will be ready to enter the workforce in the next few years.
As expert communicators and relational practitioners, counsellors are strong compliments to multidisciplinary teams and should be utilised broadly throughout the workforce." ----------------