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What Is a Therapy Dog and What Do They Do?

What Is a Therapy Dog and What Do They Do?

Laura V

Did you know over 20,000 Australians enjoy a visit from a therapy dog each week? According to animal behaviourist, Laura V, “For the everyday person, the hug of a dog, the wagging of a tail and their unconditional love makes us all feel better. Therapy dogs though are carefully selected and trained to assist with the mental and physical wellbeing of people, who are often experiencing some sort of chronic illness or stress.” With this in mind, Laura V shares some of the incredible ways canines are helping people with a variety of disorders or disabilities to get them through their day.

The Simple Question That Could Change Or Even Save A Life – R U OK?

The Simple Question That Could Change Or Even Save A Life – R U OK?

Dr. Happy

Did you know that 8 people take their lives each and every day in Australia? And for every one of these people who takes their lives approximately another 20 make an attempt to take their lives.  According to Psychologist and mental health expert, Dr. Happy, “Not everyone suffering mental ill-health will be curled up in a corner or tucked under their doona. Many more, in fact, will be sitting beside you on the bus or train, at work, or chatting to you over coffee or lunch. Take a minute, then, to ask ALL your friends and family, your colleagues and acquaintances if they’re OK today; it won’t take up much of your time and I guarantee it won’t be something you regret.”  In this article, Dr. Happy shares his own personal experience with mental health and the advice he has to offer.

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Mental Illness Prevalence in FIFO Workers and How It Affects the Whole Family

Mental Illness Prevalence in FIFO Workers and How It Affects the Whole Family

Dr. Happy

Did you know that mental illness among Tradies is 6-7% higher than the general population? As a culture dominated by the “tough male” stereotype (i.e. a man, that is, who doesn’t complain or seek help), this means that between 70-80% are suffering excessively and more importantly in silence. As August is “Tradies’ National Health Month (TNHM)”, we asked our mental health expert and psychologist, Dr. Happy to discuss the importance about speaking out about mental ill-health and encouraging others to speak out and seek help too.

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Is Binge Watching Bad For Your Mental Health?

Is Binge Watching Bad For Your Mental Health?

Dr. Happy

Did you know on average, a typical Netflix user watches at least 12 hours of TV each week; which is almost 2 hours each and every day. According to Mental Health expert and HIF blogger, Dr. Happy, “Most users don’t spread out their viewing evenly. Rather, many binge watch episodes or series on a regular basis. After the pleasure and excitement can come tiredness and exhaustion. Some viewers have even reported feeling depressed they have no more episodes to watch!” With this in mind, Dr. Happy shares his do’s and don’ts when it comes to binge watching your next series.

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Tips to manage stress for new dads

Tips to manage stress for new dads

Dr. Happy

Are you about to become a dad for the first time? There’s no doubt that change can be exciting as well as daunting. According to mental health professional, Dr. Happy, “Rarely in life are we so quickly thrown new demands and expected to master them so fast. Parenting, it could be said, is the ultimate oxymoron! At the same time, however, it’s important to remember that like almost everything else in life, this challenge can be met.” With this is mind, Dr. Happy shares his top 10 tips for managing stress as a new father.

Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace

Dr. Happy

Did you know that approximately 1 in 4 or 5 people will experience an episode of mental illness each year? According to psychologist Dr. Happy, “thankfully these days no one needs any excuse or special occasion to discuss the important and global issue of mental health. Every workplace and every team can be affected by mental health and every team leader needs to have an understanding of how to recognise warning signs and how to respond appropriately”. In this article, Dr. Happy shares his expert advice on managing mental health in the workplace.

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The Mental Health Benefits of Reading

The Mental Health Benefits of Reading

Dr. Happy

Want to boost your mental health, enhance your brain functioning or even improve your sleep? Well we have some great news for you! According to Mental Health expert and HIF blogger, Dr. Happy, “It’s as simple as reading! Reading can protect your brain against decline. You’ve probably heard the age-old saying, “use it or lose” it, and this is just as true for your brain as it is for other parts of your body.” In this article, Dr. Happy shares his advice on the benefits of picking up a good book and turning the pages.

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How to Stay Stress Free at Work

How to Stay Stress Free at Work

Dr. Happy
According to HIF Mental Health professional, Dr. Happy , "Stress should not be seen as an entirely negative thing. In fact, quite the opposite. Enjoy and welcome stress to a point; the point at which it helps and motivates you. At the same time, however, do all you can and use those around you to ensure that the level of stress in your working life does not exceed that tipping point where it has a deleterious effect on your performance, health or wellbeing." With this in Mind, Dr. Happy shares his top tips on “How can we effectively manage stress at work and use it to our advantage”.
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Men's Mental Health Week - Why Don’t Men Seek Help for Physical and Mental Health Problems?

Men's Mental Health Week - Why Don’t Men Seek Help for Physical and Mental Health Problems?

Dr. Happy
Did you know that today is the start of National Men’s Mental Health Week? This year's theme - "Men and Families: Making Healthy Connections" explores the different ways families support the health and wellbeing of men and boys, and the positive contributions they make to their families. The focus is on healthy connections and exploring ways these can look like. To celebrate Men's Mental Health Week, we caught up with our Mental Health expert, Dr. Happy to discuss how we can make a positive difference in the lives of men and boys.  
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Staying Motivated - Tips for Achieving Your Goals

Staying Motivated - Tips for Achieving Your Goals

Dr. Happy
Do you struggle to find the motivation to achieve your goals? Maybe you’ve slowed down at work, or you’re not exercising as often as you used to? Whatever your reason, don’t worry – we know it doesn’t take much for commitment levels to slip sometimes. In this post, Dr. Happy discusses ten powerful tips you need to think about in order to muster up some energy and motivation.
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