Helpful Links & Books
National Mental Health Line to speak with a mental health professional 24/7: 1800 011 511
Lifeline: 13 11 14
A national 24-hour telephone counselling service
for all ages.
Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
The National Depression Initiative.The Mental Health Council of Australia. Provides educational resources and emergency contacts:
The Australian Psychological Society: 1800 333 497
Helpful Reading Materials
Bakewell, S. (2017). At the existentialist café. London: Vintage.
An engaging and very accessible account of existential philosophy.
Epstein, M. (1998). Going to pieces without falling apart: A Buddhist perspective on wholeness. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell 1998.
An insightful account of how eastern philosophy can make for a radical acceptance of what it means to be human.
Fromm, E. (1995). The art of loving. London: Thorsons.
An erudite guide to navigating a way through the question of love.
Harris, R. (2008). The happiness trap. Australia: Exisle.
An excellent introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with many practical coping strategies.
Kabat-Zinn, J. (1994). Wherever you go, there you are: Mindfulness meditation in everyday life. New York: Hyperion.
A beautifully written book that outlines the mindfulness approach for dealing with stress and anxiety.
Laing, R. D. (1960). The divided self. London: Tavistock.
The world-wide best seller and that provides an explanation of extreme psychological states in human terms.
Schnarch, D. (2000). Passionate marriage: Keeping love and intimacy alive in committed relationships. Melbourne: Scribe.
Illustrates the importance of developing an autonomous sense of self in fulfilling committed relationships.
Tanner, S. & Ball, J. (2012). Beating the blues. Australia: Beating the Blues.
An excellent self-help book for depression based upon cognitive therapy principles.
Williams, J.M.G., Teasdale, J.D., Segal, Z.V. & Kabat-Zinn, J. (2007). The mindful way through depression. Guildford: New York.
A practical handbook for managing depression based upon scientific research into the therapeutic effects of mindfulness.
Yalom, I. D. (2002). The gift of therapy: Reflections on being a therapist. London: Piatkus.
An illuminating account of what therapy means to the therapist.
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