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Opening up the conversation to brain health and fitness is empowering. The podcast brings the brain to life to help people empower themselves and their brain using neuroscience. Let's get to know how the brain works using brain science education and simple tools that can assist with calming and strengthening the brain are powerful ways for people to understand their capacity to be strong and resilient. Brain health has become everyone’s business. Professor Bartlett is a neuroscientist and has dedicated the last 25 years to studying the brain. The series of episodes was created to deliver practical tips that drive brain health and fitness. She is a Professor of Neuroscience at Queensland University of Technology and won the Lawrie Austin Award for Neuroscience from the Australian Neuroscience Society. The bottom line after searching for mental health solutions- neuroplasticity, brain imaging and digital technology are going to disrupt the mental health space and everyone will be talking about their brain health in the same way they think about their body with physical trainers and gyms. Please join us in the fun and biggest adventure of our lives. You can teach an old dog new tricks!
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Episode #167. UBUNTU: I see you, I celebrate you, You matter. I am because we are. Kellie Hackney, The Canopy, Author, Woman Changing the World

At the heart of Ubuntu lies a deeply moving philosophy from Africa, one that weaves the very fabric of our shared humanity into a single, vibrant tapestry. This philosophy teaches us a simple, yet profound truth: "I am because we are." It's a reminder that none of us exists in isolation. Our lives, our successes, and our challenges are deeply interconnected with those of others around us. Ubuntu invites us to look beyond our individual selves and recognize that our collective well-being is fundamentally linked to the happiness and health of our community.KELLIE HACKNEY, Author, Chapter called INTERWOVEN Shared Stories, Shared Humanity FAMILY SERVICES LEADER, The Canopy. The Canopy is a non-profit organisation that provides multiple services for families, children and the community, including managing a number of community centres and halls. The Canopy operates its administration from Cameron Park Community Centre but services extend throughout the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle regions. Hackney's life is a profound narrative of resilience and hope. She writes “As I close my eyes and think of ubuntu—I am because of who we are—I envisage a beautiful woven tapestry. A work in progress, a reflection of our journeys and a witness to the journeys we share together”Overcoming early adversity, including addiction and mental health struggles, she transformed her pain through connection, belonging, and a relentless pursuit of knowledge and light. Her recovery, supported by loved ones and professionals, exemplifies the power of healing and the beauty of rewriting one's story amidst life's challenges. This principle doesn't just highlight our interconnectedness; it also underscores the immense power of belief in change and the magic of new beginnings. Ubuntu suggests that when we acknowledge our shared humanity and act with compassion and empathy towards others, we unlock the potential for profound transformation—not just within ourselves, but within our communities and the world at large.Embracing Ubuntu means embracing the belief that change is possible and that a different, more hopeful outcome awaits us all. It teaches us that through unity, support, and mutual understanding, we can overcome obstacles and move beyond our current limitations. This belief in the power of collective action and shared purpose is what fuels new beginnings and drives us towards a brighter, more inclusive future.In essence, Ubuntu is a call to action—a call to stand together, to believe in our collective power to effect change, and to embark on the journey of new beginnings with open hearts and minds. It's a reminder that in the grand tapestry of life, each thread is vital, each contribution matters, and together, we can weave a story of hope, resilience, and enduring humanity."Sacred Promise: An Anthology," curated by Dr. Tererai Trent and endorsed by Elizabeth Gilbert unites diverse voices sharing personal stories and commitments to themselves, exploring life's essence, challenges, and the pursuit of purpose. This anthology, praised for empowering women to aim higher, is an invitation to reflect on the promises we make to ourselves, urging readers towards self-discovery, empowerment, and collective change. the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
3/11/202446 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode #166 HeadsUp: why parents are delaying smartphones and social media to secure younger children the gift of a full childhood. Dany Elachi, Co- Founder, HEADSUP ALLIANCE and Parent

"When I ask 16-21 year olds what they wish their parents had known about social media, they say, number one, don’t give us phones and social media too young." - Children's Commissioner for England, Rachel De Souza As the first smartphone generation hits adulthood, they are reflecting on their lost wonder years, a precious period of their lives they can never get back. Too many of them regret a childhood wasted on screens and they wish their parents had set firmer boundaries. Let's not repeat the mistake with the next generation. Delay smartphones, delay social media, join the Heads Up Alliance family and secure for your younger children the gift of a full childhood. eSafety Commissioner Children's Commissioner for England  We dive into the heart of the HeadsUp Alliance, co-founded by Dany Elachi a burgeoning movement among Australian families committed to rethinking the role of technology in their children's lives. With the digital age advancing rapidly, these families have chosen a path less traveled, delaying the introduction of social media and smartphones to their children's daily routines.  Join us as we explore the philosophy and motivations behind the HeadsUp Alliance. Whether you're a parent, educator, or simply interested in the intersection of technology and child development, this episode offers valuable insights into a community that's choosing to press pause on the digital rush, prioritizing real-world experiences and connections for the next generation. Tune in to learn how the HeadsUp Alliance is making waves in Australia and potentially setting a new standard for children's digital consumption worldwide. the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
3/9/202447 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode #165 Fortress Online: Building Safety with Web 3.0 and Blockchain, Suzanne Thompson, Geode Community Experience Officer, and parent

 We delve into the revolutionary world of Web 3.0 and blockchain technology, and their pivotal roles in enhancing online safety and security. As digital landscapes evolve, the quest for robust online safety mechanisms has never been more critical. "Fortress Online: Building Safety with Web 3.0 and Blockchain" offers listeners a deep dive into how these technologies are forging a safer online world for users and businesses alike.Join us as we unravel the complexities of Web 3.0 and blockchain, shedding light on their foundational principles and how they're being leveraged to create impenetrable online environments. We'll explore the cutting-edge advancements in decentralized systems, smart contracts, and encrypted transactions that promise to redefine online security norms.Our expert guests include pioneering developers in the blockchain sphere, cybersecurity mavens, and advocates of Web 3.0, who will share their insights on the transformative potential of these technologies. They'll discuss real-world applications, from securing personal data and financial transactions to combating cyber threats and ensuring user privacy in an increasingly interconnected world.Listeners will be treated to a fascinating segment on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the integration of Web 3.0 and blockchain into mainstream online safety strategies. How can these technologies be made accessible and user-friendly for all? What role do they play in the global fight against cybercrime and data breaches? And what future developments can we anticipate in the ongoing battle to secure the digital frontier?Learn more about Suzanne Thompson 2017, she spearheaded initiatives aimed at diminishing violence and easing frustration by equipping young individuals with the necessary skills to navigate the increasing complexities of their environments. She is committed ourselves to fostering a culture of kindness, self-improvement, and universal benevolence, striving to make a tangible difference in the lives of others.Support the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
3/4/202423 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode #164 Social media and excess screen time leads to mental illness in children and impacts adult brain health. Dr Mark Williams, Global expert, Cognitive Neuroscientist, Author Connected Species

The Hidden Costs of Social Media and Screen Time: Unraveling the Dark Side of Social Media on Children's Mental HealthIn an age where digital devices are the norm rather than the exception, the impact of social media and screen time on our children's mental health is becoming increasingly alarming. Far from being benign digital playgrounds, these platforms are contributing to a rise in ADHD, addiction, depression, and anxiety among the younger population. The evidence is mounting, and the message is clear: the unchecked use of social media and screens is taking a toll on the mental well-being of our children.The Link Between Social Media and ADHDRecent studies have drawn a direct line connecting the overuse of social media to an increase in ADHD symptoms among children and teenagers. The constant barrage of notifications and the rapid-fire switching between apps are rewiring young brains, fostering a need for instant gratification and reducing the capacity for sustained attention. This digital-induced ADHD is not just a temporary setback but a profound change in cognitive function that can affect children's academic performance and social interactions.Addiction: The Digital DrugSocial media platforms, with their algorithms designed to keep users scrolling, have become the new face of addiction. Children, with their still-developing impulse control, are particularly vulnerable. This digital dependency is not just about the time spent online but also about the compulsive need to be connected, often at the expense of real-life interactions and activities. The dopamine rush provided by likes, comments, and shares is akin to a drug, with withdrawal symptoms manifesting as anxiety and depression when access is denied.A Gateway to Depression and AnxietyThe correlation between social media use and the rising rates of depression and anxiety in children is undeniable. The curated lives displayed on these platforms are setting unrealistic expectations, leading to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem among the young users. The fear of missing out (FOMO) exacerbates this, creating a cycle of comparison and despair. Moreover, cyberbullying, a dark underbelly of social media, exposes children to harassment and abuse, further increasing the risk of mental health issues.Navigating a Path ForwardThe evidence is unequivocal, and the consequences are too significant to ignore. As parents, educators, and policymakers, we must take decisive action to mitigate the negative impacts of social media and screen time on children's mental health. This includes setting strict boundaries on screen use, promoting digital literacy, and encouraging healthy, real-world activities and interactions.It's also crucial to foster an environment where children feel comfortable discussing their online experiences and the emotions they elicit. Open conversations about the realities of social media, coupled with education on coping strategies for anxiety and depression, can empower children to navigate the digital world more safely.ConclusionThe digital age has brought unprecedented access to information and connectivity, but it comes with a cost to our children's mental health. The links between social media use and increases in ADHD, addiction, depression, and anxiety are clear and concerning. As we move forward, it's imperative that we balance the benefits of digital innovation with the need to protect our most vulnerable from its potential harms. Only then can we ensure that our children grow into healthy, happy, and resilient adults.Research Papers supporting these statements can be found on my websiteSupport the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
2/24/202453 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode #163. Navigating the Maze of Toxic and Abusive Relationships (TAR) with Beth Tyson, Expert in Trauma, Author, TAR Network consultant

Today's episode, 'Navigating the Maze of Toxic Relationships,' is a crucial one, as we explore the shadows that toxic relationships cast on our lives and the pathways to sunlight. We're honoured to have with us Beth Tyson, a renowned expert in trauma, celebrated author, and consultant for the TAR network, to guide us through this labyrinth.  It's vital we discuss these issues openly, and I'm here to share insights and strategies to help listeners find healthier paths."Understanding Toxic Relationships"Let's start at the beginning. How would you define a toxic relationship?" "A toxic relationship is one where the negative behaviours and patterns consistently outweigh the positives, leading to emotional harm and erosion of self-esteem. It's marked by a lack of support, understanding, and respect, where one or both parties feel drained, criticised, and undervalued."Signs and Symptoms"What are some red flags or symptoms that might indicate someone is in a toxic relationship?" "Key signs include constant criticism, control issues, lack of boundaries, emotional manipulation, and feeling isolated from loved ones. It's when the thought of interaction brings more dread than joy, and you find your mental health deteriorating."Impact on Mental Health"Can you talk about the impact these relationships have on mental health?"The impact can be profound, leading to anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and even trauma. It's a cycle that can keep individuals trapped in a state of chronic stress and fear, hindering their ability to see a way out."Strategies for Healing and Moving Forward"What are some strategies for those looking to heal from or navigate out of a toxic relationship?"Beth Tyson: "Healing begins with recognition and acceptance of the situation. From there, setting boundaries or seeking separation might be necessary steps. Engaging in therapy, building a support network, and focusing on self-care are crucial for emotional recovery. It's also about relearning one's worth and rebuilding the life they deserve."Creating Healthy Relationships"How can listeners foster healthier relationships moving forward?"Beth Tyson: "Start with self-reflection. Understanding your own needs, values, and boundaries is key. Communicate openly and honestly, practice empathy, and choose partners who respect and support your growth. It's about mutual respect and understanding."Closing ThoughtsBeth Tyson: "Remember, you're not alone, and help is available. It takes courage to confront these issues, but the path to healing and healthier relationships is worth every step. Believe in your worth and your right to a fulfilling, respectful relationship." with Beth Tyson. the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
2/17/202426 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode #162. How to Destress Your Children for Success using a TECHFAST and Interview about my new book BEING SEEN with Isabella Ferguson

How do we help our children's mental well-being for optimal success. Our special guest, Isabella Ferguson, mother of 2 boys and a stepmother. Parents should not have to go to therapy because they cannot manage their children’s social media and phone.LEARN MORE HERE: TO BEING SEEN PODCAST HERE: monitoringwhatsappwell adjusted, not gamers, 16 and15. Screens off by 6pmNo bedrooms/bathroomsBUY MY NEW BOOK Is it enough.🚨 Wake Up Call: Your Child's Online Safety in 2024 🚨Parents, it's time for a reality check. In today's digital age, the safety of our children online is more precarious than ever before. As we navigate through the complexities of the online world in 2024, it's imperative that we open our eyes to the harsh realities our children face every time they log on.💻 Cyberbullying: Gone are the days when bullying was confined to the schoolyard. Cyberbullying has become rampant, with malicious individuals hiding behind screens to torment and intimidate our children. From hurtful comments to degrading messages, our kids are subjected to a relentless onslaught of online abuse that can have devastating effects on their mental health.🔒 Privacy Concerns: With every click, our children's privacy hangs in the balance. Social media platforms, gaming communities, and online forums are rife with data-hungry entities eager to harvest personal information for profit. Our kids' digital footprints are being tracked and monetized without their consent, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and identity theft.🕵️‍♂️ Online Predators: The internet is a breeding ground for predators seeking to prey on unsuspecting children. These individuals lurk in the shadows of chat rooms, gaming platforms, and social media sites, posing as friendly strangers while grooming our children for sinister purposes. The anonymity of the online world makes it all too easy for predators to infiltrate our homes and target our most precious assets.🛑 Explicit Content: Despite our best efforts to shield our children from inappropriate content, the harsh reality is that the internet is awash with explicit material. From graphic images to explicit videos, our kids are just a few clicks away from exposure to content that can scar them for life. The consequences of such exposure can be profound, leading to trauma, desensitization, and a warped sense of reality.It's time for us, as parents, to wake up and take action. We cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the dangers lurking in the digital shadows. We must equip ourselves with the knowledge and tools necessary to safeguard our children's online experiences.🛡️ Empowerment Through Education: Educate yourself about the latest online threats and trends. Stay informed about the apps and platforms your children use and familiarize yourself with their privacy settings and safety features.👥 Open Dialogue: Foster open, honest communication with your children about their online activities. Create a safe space where they feel comfortable sharing their experiences and concerns without fear of judgment or retribution.🔐 Parental Controls: Utilize parental control software and tools to monitor and manage your child's online behavior. Set boundaries and enforce rules regarding screen time, app usage, and online interactions.🚨 Report Suspicious Activity: Be vigilant and proactive in reporting any suspicious orSupport the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
2/16/202426 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode #161 How to listen to all voices on your team and not only your favourites, Jennifer Darling, Expert in Sales, Marketing and Thought Leadership.

In the quest to create spaces for all members of your team to speak up and become the voices that your business and organisation needs. It's crucial to recognize the neuroscience behind why we sometimes struggle to listen effectively to voices and faces that are different to our own. But here's the exciting part: understanding the neuroscience behind these biases can help us consciously overcome them. By recognizing that these biases exist, we can actively work to change our listening patterns and create a more inclusive environment.🧠 Neuroscience has shown that our brains are wired to respond differently to male and female faces and voices. This isn't a conscious choice, but rather a result of evolutionary factors. The brain tends to perceive lower-pitched male voices as more dominant and trustworthy, while higher-pitched female voices may sometimes be unconsciously dismissed. Previous research has shown that variations in vocal pitch between individuals are influenced by factors like androgen levels. This has consistently linked low vocal pitch with dominance in men, whether it's in the context of mate selection, political leadership, or professional settings.Additionally, there's the "confirmation bias" at play in our brains. We often listen more attentively to ideas and voices that align with our existing beliefs and expectations. This bias can lead to the unintentional disregard of women's voices or their ideas, simply because they may challenge the status quo. Neuroscience also demonstrates the incredible plasticity of our brains. With awareness and practice, we can rewire our neural pathways to become better listeners, appreciating and valuing all voices equally.I challenge each of you to take a neuroscience-informed approach to listening. Be aware of the biases that may influence your perception and actively work to overcome them. By doing so, you not only empower women to speak up but also tap into a wealth of diverse ideas that can drive innovation and progress.🙌 It's time to harness the power of neuroscience to create a world where all voices are heard and valued. Together, we can break down the barriers that have held us back and pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable future. #EmpowerWomen #Neuroscience #DiversityAndInclusion #ChangeMakers #WomenLeadersJENNIFER DARLINGJennifer Darling is a sales and marketing expert whose professional career spans over 20 years leading sales teams for companies like media giants Comcast and Hearst Television, representing brands such as NBC, CBS, and Fox. She now operates her own sales & marketing consulting and coaching firm working with women CEOs to help them raise their visibility, rise in leadership, and rock their sales results.Jennifer has been fascinated with how our brains work since her undergraduate studies in advertising where she studied consumer behavior, she has since earned a master’s degree in change management, is an ICF Certified executive coach, and recently completed a certification called Understanding the Brain: Using Neuroscience to Deliver Better Business Results from The Wharton School, Aresty Institute of Executive Education.Jennifer is the author 4 books, including Discovery Your Inspiration, Increase Your Leads with LinkedIn, Find Your Leadership Rhythm and Say Yes! Then Figure It Out.When she’s not speaking, training or consulting, she’s chasing her Yorkie, Finnegan or snuggling with her 130 pound lapdog, Bernese Mountain Dog, the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
2/6/202445 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode #160 Speaking Up for the Silenced: How Female Experiences Are Transforming Philosophy and Psychology. Professor LA Paul, Yale School of Medicine

Our conversation today is a journey into understanding how the inclusion of female experiences and voices is radically transforming the fields of philosophy and psychology. For too long, these disciplines have echoed predominantly male perspectives, shaping our understanding of the mind, behavior, and ethical norms from a limited viewpoint. But as more women enter these fields, bringing with them a diverse range of experiences, we are witnessing a significant shift in how we perceive, analyze, and relate to the world around us.With Professor Paul, we'll explore how female scholars and thinkers are not just adding to the conversation but are reshaping it entirely. Their unique perspectives challenge longstanding theories and introduce new paradigms that more accurately reflect the complexity of human experience. We'll discuss how this transformation is not just academic but deeply personal, influencing everything from policy decisions to everyday interpersonal dynamics.In this episode, we will dive into questions such as: How does the female experience alter our understanding of consciousness and identity? In what ways can embracing these diverse perspectives lead to more innovative and inclusive psychological theories and philosophical ideas? And most importantly, how does this shift impact the decisions we make, both as individuals and as a society?Join us for this enlightening conversation with Professor L.A. Paul as we uncover the profound impact of female voices in reshaping the landscapes of philosophy and psychology. L.A. Paul serves as the Millstone Family Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Cognitive Science at Yale University, leading the Self and Society Initiative at Yale’s Wu Tsai Institute. Her research critically examines the intersection of self-identity, decision-making, and the metaphysical and cognitive scientific aspects of time, causality, and experience. Paul has been distinguished with fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and the Australian National University. As an accomplished author, she has penned notable works like "Transformative Experience" and "Causation: A User’s Guide," with the latter being awarded the American Philosophical Association Sanders Book Prize.Discover more about her work at the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
1/31/202439 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode #159. Maximise your Mind by Working with Others. Why TWO brains are better than one, the neuroscience of two! Dr Joy Hirsch, Professor, Yale School of Medicine

🚀 Exciting News: Join Us for a Journey of Discovery! Looking at the Neuroscience of TWO 🧠We embark on a captivating journey that explores the profound impact of collaboration and the fascinating world of neuroscience. 🤝🔬🌐 "The Power of Collaboration: Tackling Complex Problems Together"Discover the incredible ways teamwork can unlock solutions to daunting challenges, from work dilemmas to societal issues. Expert psychologists and problem-solving gurus share valuable insights on effective communication and fostering a collaborative culture. This episode offers invaluable lessons for individuals and organizations alike. 💼💡🧠 "Exploring the Neuroscience of Connection: Joy Hirsch's Research on Zoom vs. Face-to-Face Interactions"Dive into the world of neuroscience with Dr. Joy Hirsch's groundbreaking research. Explore how our brains respond during Zoom meetings versus in-person encounters. Uncover brain activation patterns, the science behind social bonding, and the perception of empathy in our digital age. Gain fresh insights into the impact of technology on our social lives. 🌐👥Join us as we navigate the neuroscience of collaboration and neuroscience, bridging the gap between teamwork's transformative power and the intricacies of human connection in our technology-driven world. Whether you're seeking practical problem-solving tips or a deeper understanding of the brain's role in modern communication, this episode promises to expand your horizons and ignite your curiosity. 🌟Joy Hirsch, Ph.D., is a distinguished neuroscientist and currently a Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobiology at Yale University. With a career marked by groundbreaking achievements, she is a pioneer in the field of brain research. Dr. Hirsch played a pivotal role in the development of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a revolutionary imaging technique that allows us to visualize specific brain structures and neural networks engaged during various cognitive processes.Her recent appointment at Yale University sees her leading a new Brain Function Laboratory, following her previous role as Professor of Neuroscience at Columbia University, where she founded and directed the Functional MRI Research Center.Dr. Hirsch's research has primarily focused on unraveling the intricate connections between the brain, mind, and behavior. She has translated these discoveries into practical medical applications, including brain mapping procedures for neurosurgical planning, aiding in the protection of critical functions like language, movement, vision, and hearing during procedures such as tumor resections. Her work has also delved into understanding neural processes related to emotions, including fear and conflict, with implications for conditions such as anxiety disorders.Her diverse research portfolio extends to clinical applications, such as the development of an imaging diagnostic for autism and the exploration of neural mechanisms associated with obesity. Dr. Hirsch's contributions are underscored by over 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers and chapters, as well as her role as a globally recognized lecturer on the brain.In recognition of her outstanding contributions to science, she was awarded the prestigious Gamow Science Prize in 2009 and featured as one of the top five women scientists at the 2011 World Science Festival. Dr. Hirsch's passion for neuroscience has also led her to serve as a curator for the 2010-2011 Brain Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.For more information about her work, please visit her website: #BrainResearch #fMRI #MedicalApplications #Innovation #ScieSupport the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
1/14/20241 hour, 4 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode #158 BEING SEEN- thank you everyone and announcing my new book -preorder for January 2024!

Welcome back to the Thriving Minds podcast, where we explore the fascinating landscape of mental health, personal growth, and the intricate workings of the human mind. Today, we have an exciting announcement that's sure to resonate with parents and anyone interested in the evolving dynamics of family life.As we close out 2023,  we are thrilled to introduce our listeners to my groundbreaking new book that promises to redefine the way we approach parenting in 2024.  "BEING SEEN -Master Parenting in the Digital Age where we delve into the heart of this transformative work."BEING SEEN" addresses the unique challenges faced by parents and children in today's rapidly changing world. Are you struggling to connect with your child in the digital age? Is screen time causing tension in your family? Are you concerned about the impact of technology and societal pressures on your child's well-being? If so, this episode is a must-listen.I share insights from extensive research and personal experiences, offering practical strategies and a heartfelt exploration of how to strengthen the parent-child bond, nurture self-confidence, and create a supportive environment.Join us as we discuss the pain points of modern parenting, the vision behind "BEING SEEN," and the actionable steps you can take to thrive as a family in 2024 and beyond.If you're looking for guidance, inspiration, and a fresh perspective on parenting in the digital age, don't miss this episode. And stay tuned for the release of "BEING SEEN," available for pre-order in January 2024. It's time to embark on a transformative parenting journey together!You can preorder BEING SEEN #BeingSeenBook #ParentingChallenges #FamilyConnection #PreorderNowSupport the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
12/17/20235 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode #157. Knowing when to seek help for mental health. Professor Nick Haslam, The University of Melbourne, School of Psychological Sciences

We explore the complexities of mental health with insights from "Troubled Minds" by  Nick Haslam and Sidney Bloch. The episode delves into how our emotional vulnerability, influenced by genetics, upbringing, and society, can lead to mental health issues. It discusses the challenges in recognizing and acting upon mental health problems, such as compromised thinking and brain function under stress. The episode emphasizes the importance of recognizing warning signs like excessive reactions to events, deteriorating coping mechanisms, and impaired mental functions. It also offers guidance on seeking help and maintaining good mental health, underscoring the importance of professional support and self-care.Nick's research interests are in personality, social and clinical psychology and he has published 11 books and about 300 articles or book chapters in these and related areas. In addition to his academic writing, Nick contributes regularly to The Conversation, Inside Story and Australian Book Review, and he has also written for TIME, The Monthly, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Australian and two Best Australian Science Writing anthologies. Nick is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Association for Psychological Science. In the university he is a leader in the social psychology group and co-director of the Mental Health PhD program. In the past he has been Head of the School of Psychological Sciences, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate), a member of the ARC College of Experts, and President of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists. the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
12/11/202347 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode #156 "We Are Equal You and Me" The Pebble Project, Transforming the World's Understanding of Mental Illness with Suzanna Free, Tracey Bradford and Andrew McLean, from Blue Phoenix

In this enlightening episode of the Pebble Project, brought to you by Blue Phoenix, we dive into the concept of 'The Ripple Effect' in the context of mental health. We explore how changing one person's understanding of mental illness can have far-reaching impacts, transforming attitudes and actions across communities and societies. Our discussion navigates through powerful personal stories and insightful expert opinions, demonstrating how breaking down a single myth can lead to a broader shift in awareness and empathy. We also examine the role of media, education, and personal advocacy in altering public perceptions of mental health. Whether you're directly affected by mental health issues or are a part of the support network, this episode offers a profound look at how every action, every conversation, and every shared experience contributes to a larger movement of change. Join us on the Pebble Project as we uncover the potential each of us holds in creating a world that is more informed, compassionate, and supportive of mental health. Stone is a unique and vibrant community, operating on the principles of membership and mutual support, specifically tailored for individuals grappling with mental illness. It's a sanctuary where people committed to rebuilding their lives come together, sharing not just their challenges but also their triumphs in mental health recovery.At the heart of Stepping Stone is a belief in the strength of community and the power of belonging. Membership in this community isn't just about receiving support; it's about being part of a collective journey towards wellness and empowerment. Members of Stepping Stone find themselves in a nurturing environment that respects their individual experiences while promoting a shared goal of recovery and personal growth. the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
11/16/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode #155 How to Safeguard Organisations from Child Exploitation and Access Free Counselling for Young People. Sarah Lim, BBSafe and Ken Loftus, The Sunlight Centre

As technology advances, so do the potential threats to our children, families, community and organisations. Together we play a crucial role in providing protection, and it is imperative that they establish cultures deeply rooted in safety and proactive measures. As technology advances, so do the potential threats to these groups. We will look at the role of safeguarding in organizations play a crucial role in providing protection, and it is imperative that they establish cultures deeply rooted in safety and proactive measures.Panelist 1 Sarah Lim from BB Safe: Drawing on the Building Blocks framework, Sarah will delve into creating a robust safety culture for children and other vulnerable populations. Her insights will provide a blueprint for organizations to ensure that protective measures are seamlessly integrated into their core values and operations. 2 Ken Loftus from The Sunlight Centre: Recognizing the emotional toll the digital age can have, Ken offers a lifeline through the Sunlight Centre. He will share about their invaluable service, providing free face-to-face counselling for teens and adults grappling with challenges such as suicide or self-harm. presentation organised by and the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
11/10/202336 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode #154. What Parents and Carers Need to Do to Protect Against Child Exploitation ON and OFF Line: Panel Presentation at Jabiru Comunity Services, Conrad Townson IFYS and Tricia Munn, Eyes Open Social Media

Assume your children are at risk of online exploitation rather than assuming they are not. This mindset ensures that parents, educators, and caregivers remain vigilant, informed, and ready to take the necessary steps to protect children in the digital landscape. By acknowledging the potential risks, adults can better educate themselves and the children in their care about online safety, privacy, and the importance of reporting any suspicious behavior. It fosters a culture of awareness and prevention, which is crucial in safeguarding our youth against the threats posed by the digital world.Welcome to a pivotal discussion presented by Jabiru Community Services, dedicated to empowering parents and educators in our technology-saturated era.  Our panel today is set to explore these complexities and arm you with the knowledge and strategies needed for safeguarding our young ones.In an age where young people are inundated with up to a thousand digital messages daily, discerning what is safe becomes an overwhelming task for them. This constant barrage can blur the lines between genuine communication and predatory behavior, making critical conversations about online safety more important than ever.It's essential to convey clear, supportive messaging that encourages young people to seek help from the right sources, especially when they find themselves in uncomfortable or unsafe situations online. The challenge lies in creating an open environment where they feel safe to discuss their concerns, including sensitive issues like sexual identity, without fear of judgment or repercussion.Parents, educators, and trusted adults must establish themselves as safe havens for dialogue, emphasizing that seeking help is a strength, not a weakness. They should also educate youth on recognizing red flags, understanding the importance of privacy settings, and knowing how to report inappropriate content or interactions.Our panel, comprising distinguished experts, offers their deep insights today. Their dedication enhances our understanding and directs us toward proactive measures. To shed light on this topic, we've assembled a panel of experts, each with unique insights and solutions to address these challenges:Conrad Townson from IFYS & Project Paradigm: With a deep understanding of the landscape of online threats, Conrad will guide us on recognizing the early signs of grooming and sextortion, offering tangible tools to combat these risks. Munn from Eyes Open Social Media Safety: An advocate for creating safe online spaces, Tricia will discuss strategies to secure personal online environments and address the psychological impact of bullying and grooming. Moreover, she'll introduce us to essential programs and online courses that aim to empower individuals in this digital era. Presented by:Support the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
11/9/202341 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode #153 Linking Lost Kids with Family: Talking about justice, but we rarely do it. Solutions to Get Children Out Of Being In Care with Kevin Campbell and Elizabeth Wendel, Founders Pale Blue and Family Finding

Are you Building Bridges, Bars, or Barriers: We constantly talk about justice, but we rarely do it. Solutions for Children in Residential Care and Detention, Kevin Campbell and Elizabeth Wendell, Founders Pale Blue and Family Finding "Family Finding" is a methodology in child safety and welfare, developed by Kevin A. Campbell, which prioritizes reconnecting children in the foster care system with their extended family members and other significant connections. The main goal is to establish a lifelong network of support, ensuring the child's well-being, safety, and permanency.Here's why "Family Finding" is vital in child safety:Lifelong Connections: It operates on the understanding that every child deserves a family and the benefits of lifelong, meaningful relationships.Safety and Support: By reconnecting children with their families, they can have a broader support system. This can increase the chances of success once they transition out of the foster care system and enter adulthood.Enhanced Well-being: A sense of belonging and connection can have profound effects on a child's mental and emotional well-being.Reduction in Time in Foster Care: Reconnecting children with their families can potentially lead to quicker reunification or other permanency solutions, reducing the time spent in foster care.Shared Decision-making: The approach values the input and involvement of the child's family in planning and decision-making processes.Holistic Understanding: The process of "Family Finding" also provides caseworkers with a more comprehensive understanding of the child's history, potential risks, and protective factors within their extended family.The approach typically involves a structured search for relatives and others with a significant connection to the child, followed by engagement and planning sessions to ensure the child's safety and well-being. The ultimate goal is to provide each child with a network of committed adults who can offer enduring emotional and physical support. Are you doing social work or being a social worker. Social work is personal. We are asking people to bring their whole self to the table.  Pale Blue encouragement about acts of resistance, don’t make it personal, systems solutions, solutions lie in people not systems. Coaching yourself. What are my acts of resistance?  We delve into the transformative practice of 'Family Finding', a method that meticulously searches for relatives and significant figures in a child's life, culminating in strategic sessions to ensure a child's safety and well-being. Our journey doesn't just focus on the technicalities of social work, but on the essence of being a social worker - bringing one's whole self to the table, acknowledging personal acts of resistance, and leveraging systems for human-centric solutions.In this space, we discuss the courage required to challenge entrenched systems and the influences that shape our perspectives. We explore stories of resilience, like that of children in Rwanda post-genocide, and how a community’s commitment to family reintegration can defy the norms of institutional care. Our dialogues often lead to revelations about power dynamics and the profound impact of having at least one person who believes in a child.Join us as we engage with thought leaders from Pale Blue, drawing inspiration from the symbolism of our planet - a pale blue dot in the vast universe, as described by CarlSupport the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
11/6/20231 hour, 37 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode #152 The Great Separation: Making of a documentary, a Behind-the-Scenes Look with film maker and producer Shannon Swan and Georgia Fillmore.

At the tender age of 23, Joey faced the abyss of loneliness so deeply, he tragically attempted to end the pain once and for all. Waking up six days later in the ICU, he discovered the physical cost of his anguish: his right leg. But what led this young soul to such despair? More alarmingly, Joey’s story isn’t an isolated incident. An astounding 1 in 3 Australians grapple with this gut-wrenching feeling of desolation and disconnection. Documentary filmmaking is a journey of discovery, exploration, and storytelling. Unlike fiction films, which are primarily driven by imagination and creativity, documentaries aim to depict reality, shed light on the truths of our world, or convey a particular viewpoint. The process can be both rewarding and challenging. In this special episode, Shannon Swan and Georgia Fillmore delve into Joey's harrowing journey from that fateful day to his present search for understanding. Through candid conversations, they shed light on the endemic issue of loneliness in our society, its devastating aftermath, and the imperative need for solutions.Join us as we welcome experts featured in the documentary "The Great Separation" who provide insights into the physiological, psychological, and societal aspects of loneliness. Learn about the challenges our modern world poses and discover practical ways to bridge the ever-widening gap of human connection.Please join me for a community event of connection and belonging. I am hosting a private event at the Palace Cinema, Brisbane with a screening of the documentary film The Great Separation: Ambition for a better life together by Shannon Swan, an award winning filmmaker. The star of the film is Joseph Fry. He is making a special trip to meet everyone. The film helps to show ways to end loneliness and is incredibly uplifting. Come to the event on Nov 2nd 6 pm. To find out more about the location and secure a seat please register for a ticket by clicking on the link. There are very limited seats. Listen to Joey's amazing story and journey to become the star of the film on episode #151 of the Thriving Minds podcast here. Outside meeting new people and connecting, we are going to be empowering and sending off Joey to begin the next step toward his Australian Paralympics Dream: Train with the Winter Ski Training Camp in USA November 9th 2023. Otherwise please send him off with your kind and generous support. Every dollar is like a million to him, no matter how small. This will mean the world to him. As he said, if you can't, please give him a shout out as he makes his dreams come true. Link here to his GoFundme page.  If you can't make the event, the film is currently streaming free on-line on SBS ON Demand. With heartwarming stories of resilience and community, coupled with actionable advice, this episode is more than just a recounting of a tale. It’s a call to action – a plea to recognize, confront, and combat the epidemic of loneliness. How can we design our lives, communities, and societies to foster connection and togetherness?Listen in and let’s find a way back to each other.  Support the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
10/27/202352 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode #151. Join us for an unforgettable evening of community, connection, and compassion! In a year that's tested our strength, let's come together to make 2023 end on a heartwarming note. 🌟 Together, we can make a difference in Brisbane, November 2nd

🌟 Together, we can make a difference in Brisbane, November 2nd 6pm. Register for tickets in the link, limited seats. Link here:🎥 Be part of a conversation about the inspiring documentary film, The Great Separation: An Ambition for a better life together.In honour of the film and its star it asks us to come together as a community. We are hosting an event that brings us together. 🌟 Meet the star of the film and yours truly🌟 Share stories that celebrate the good and resilience in our community.Limited seats in Brisbane. Free ticket and popcorn. Ask that you donate to Joey directly on his GoFundMe page, link below.💫 Don't miss this chance to support Joseph Fry attempts to and dream of joining the Australian Performance team in 2024 and then the Paralympics team.We bid him farewell as he heads to the USA on November 9th to start training with the Winter ski training team in Colorado USA.Mark your calendars and register today to be a part of this meaningful gathering. Let's show the world the power of connection and kindness!If you can't make the event and would like to support Joey, please do at hisGo Fund Me Page:Link here. regards Selena and Joey.💙 #CommunityStrong #EndLoneliness #SupportJoeySupport the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
10/23/202333 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode #150. Back to Basics To Build a Healthier Tomorrow Together. Dr Robyn Littlewood, CEO Health and WellBeing Queensland.

 Simple Ways to Make Healthy Happen Think of the impact we can make if we unite our efforts. By emphasizing prevention, engaging the community, and fostering partnerships, we can break the cycle of obesity and overweight in our daily environments.Fibre, Baked Beans, and the Role of Frozen FoodsWhen discussing health and nutrition, one cannot overstate the importance of dietary fibre. Fibre is an essential component that aids in digestive health, can help lower cholesterol levels, and supports healthy blood sugar levels. It’s found in various foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Among these, baked beans, particularly when made from navy beans or haricot beans, emerge as an excellent source of dietary fibre.Baked Beans: Not Just Comfort Food Baked beans, a staple in many households, aren't just a comfort food; they're a nutritional powerhouse. Apart from being rich in fibre, they're a great source of plant-based protein and essential minerals like iron, magnesium, and zinc. The tomato sauce they are often baked in also adds to their nutrient content, particularly the antioxidant lycopene which is good for heart health. However, one must be cautious about the sugar and salt content in some commercially prepared baked beans. Opting for a low-sodium and low-sugar variety or making them at home can be a healthier choice.Frozen Foods and Fibre: The mention of frozen foods often conjures images of unhealthy, processed meals. However, freezing is a preservation method that can lock in the nutrients of fresh produce. For instance, frozen green beans or peas can retain much of their fibre content, making them as beneficial as their fresh counterparts, if not more so in some cases, especially if the fresh versions have been stored for extended periods or transported long distances. The key is to select frozen foods that have no added salts, sugars, or preservatives.Incorporating fibre into our diet doesn’t have to be a complex task. Simple, everyday foods like baked beans, whether from a can or homemade, and a mix of fresh and frozen veggies can help us achieve our daily fibre intake. So, the next time you're at the grocery store, consider stocking up on both baked beans and some fibre-rich frozen foods. Your digestive system will thank you.Pick of the CropIn today's fast-paced world, where convenience often trumps quality, the age-old practice of sourcing food directly from gardens has become a lost art for many. However, introducing children to the joys of gardening and the pleasure of consuming fresh, home-grown produce can pave the way for healthier eating habits and a deeper appreciation for nature. Here's how to bridge the gap and reintroduce gardens to our children's tables:Start Small: Begin with easy-to-grow plants like herbs (basil, mint), lettuce, or radishes. These quick-growing plants offer children rapid gratification, encouraging them to remain invested in the gardening process.Get Hands-On: Allow kids to get their hands dirty! Digging, planting seeds, watering, and eventually harvesting allows children to connect with the food source physically and emotionally.Educational Opportunities: Use the garden as a living classroom. Discuss where different foods come from, the importance of seasons, and the role of pollinators like bees and butterflies.Cook Together: Once your produce is ready to be harvested, involve children in the cookSupport the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
10/15/202351 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode #149. What makes us tick? Restoring hope, rebuilding trust, and inspiring optimism forged by Human Kindness. Hugh Mackay AO psychologist, social researcher and writer

In today's thought-provoking episode, we're delighted to have Hugh Mackay, a renowned Australian social researcher and author of "The Kindness Revolution," as our guest. We dive deep into pressing societal issues such as the rising division and mistrust among communities. Hugh shares how kindness and community are not only essential to our human nature but are also keys to societal well-being.Hugh and I are both appearing the documentary film "The Great Separation" Airing on SBS ON DEMAND starting October 10th, 2023.🔍 What You'll Learn:Why kindness and community are vital in today's increasingly divided world.The role of technology in serving human needs and how it can be a force for collective good.Hugh's insights into how crises like the 2020 bushfires and the global pandemic have reshaped our perspectives on community cooperation.Practical tips for contributing to the kindness revolution at an individual and community level. 🌐 Key Takeaways:Technology can be designed to be a servant to human needs, enhancing our cognitive and physical abilities.Every individual has the power to contribute to the kindness revolution through self-awareness and meaningful interactions. 🎧 Tune in for a rich dialogue that highlights how the future isn't a place we're going to, but one we're creating—so let's make it one of kindness. If this episode resonates with you, don't forget to subscribe and leave a review.Until next time, keep spreading kindness. 🌱💖Link to the Great Separation here to Hugh Mackay information the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
10/9/20231 hour, 26 seconds
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Episode #148 Moving Beyond Fear: Digging Deep into Anxiety's Origins, Nature, Nurture, and Navigating the Mind, Ken Loftus, Founder, Clinical Director, Counsellor, The Sunlight Centre

"What are you afraid of? Is it innate, or did someone introduce that fear and anxiety to you?" Join us on an enlightening, diving deep into anxiety disorders with Ken Loftus. "We've all experienced it," Ken began, "That sudden jolt of fear when you see a spider, or a puppy, or someone different from you. But where does it come from?  Evolutionary psychology tells us it's all about survival. Our brains have been wired over millions of years to detect threats - but how accurately?" He delved into the butterfly effect and how our early experiences might shape specific phobias. "Our irrational fears, like believing something's too hot without touching or fearing someone from a different culture, stem from our primal need to survive," he explained. "Our senses are our primary tools. Yet, while we rely on them to navigate our world, they also shape our worldviews, sometimes inaccurately."  Ken painted a vivid picture. "Imagine seeing a spider. For some, it triggers childhood memories, core beliefs, and even revives age-old evolutionary fears. But is this nature or nurture? Are we echoing sentiments from 2.5 million years ago?" He continued, "imagine an adult freaking out about a puppy. The immediate reaction is embarrassment. That spirals into thoughts like, 'I shouldn't feel this way,' which cascades into 'I'm worthless.' Such spirals are dangerous." With clarity, he described the mind's complex operations. "Your brain," he began, sketching a big circle on a whiteboard, "is continuously calculating. A smaller circle within represents our consciousness. When the optic nerve perceives a threat, like a dog, the brain reacts in nanoseconds."  Using socratic questioning, he encouraged the audience to challenge their fears. "When was the last time someone you knew was harmed by a dog? Or by a spider?" He concluded, "Our fears, no matter how irrational they seem, have a basis. Understanding that basis, whether it's evolutionary or learned, is the key to addressing it." The episode will leave you with a newfound understanding of fears and a toolkit to navigate them, emphasizing awareness, questioning, and self-compassion. Socratic questioning is a method used to encourage deep thinking and self-reflection. Here are some Socratic questions you can use to understand a fear or anxiety you might be facing:1.Defining the Fear/Anxiety•What exactly am I afraid of or anxious about?•Can I describe the specific situations or triggers that bring on this fear or anxiety?•When did I first notice this fear or anxiety?2.Understanding the Basis•Why do I feel this way?•Are there past experiences that might have contributed to this feeling?•What beliefs or thoughts are underpinning this fear or anxiety?3.Testing Reality•What evidence do I have that supports this fear or anxiety?•Conversely, what evidence do I have that contradicts or challenges it?•Has there ever been a time when I faced this fear or anxiety and it didn't come to fruition?4.Understanding Impact•How does this fear or anxiety affect my daily life, decisions, or relationships?•What might happen if I didn't have this fear or anxiety?•Are there benefits to holding onto this fear or anxiety? If so, what are they?5.Assessing Coping Mechanisms•How have I coped with this fear or anxiety in the past?•Which coping strategies have been effective, and which haven't?•Are there healthier ways I could manage or confront this fear or anxiety?6.Looking at Alternative Perspectives•How would someone else view this situation?•What would I tell a friend who had thisSupport the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
10/1/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode #147. Uplifting People Through Talking Stories, Navin Sam Regi, a multi-disciplinary artist.

We often hear that life is a journey, one where we pack bags filled with experiences, accomplishments, and material gains. But what if the most profound journey is not about packing, but unpacking? This sentiment captures the essence of the storytelling project we will discuss in today's episode. Our guest, who has travelled both literally and metaphorically through diverse life paths, found himself at a moment where he was floored by the idea of "unpacking." After achieving various accolades and milestones, he realized that the journey of life often leads to an accumulation of things that may not serve our true essence. The realization that "you come with nothing and leave with nothing" prompted him to reconsider what he was carrying in his metaphorical luggage.This episode delves into the idea of storytelling as a form of unpacking. It's about giving people the opportunity to sift through their experiences, make sense of them, and then give them back in a coherent narrative. For our guest, this process serves as a permanent record, an archival quality that allows him to leave behind something more meaningful than material accumulation. It’s a way for him, and for others who participate in this project, to unravel the layers of their lives, leaving a legacy of wisdom and insight rather than a closet full of unneeded baggage.Join us for an enriching discussion about the power of narrative to help us both understand and liberate ourselves. It's about finding what's essential, and having the courage to let go of what isn’t. Life is often described as a series of events, but to call it a "sequence" suggests a certain order, a predictability that many find is seldom the case. In reality, life is an uncertain sequence of events, each leading to further complexity. Just when we think we've figured out the pattern, the variables change, introducing new layers of intricacy into our existence.This uncertainty and complexity are not to be feared but embraced. They are the elements that add depth, color, and texture to the tapestry of our lives. They introduce us to new challenges that stretch our abilities, new people who enrich our perspectives, and new situations that compel us to adapt and grow.While the unpredictability of life can be daunting, it also offers us the opportunity to develop resilience, empathy, and wisdom. It teaches us that control is often an illusion, and that surrendering to the natural complexity of existence can bring its own form of peace.Furthermore, the uncertain sequences that comprise our lives offer countless opportunities for transformation. They allow us to redefine success, to recalibrate our values, and to reorient our aspirations. In a world that is increasingly complex, the ability to adapt and find meaning amid uncertainty is not just a valuable skill; it's a necessary one. So, as you navigate the intricate and unpredictable journey that is life, remember to embrace the complexity, to find beauty in the chaos, and to search for understanding within the enigma. After all, it is often in the labyrinthine corridors of uncertainty that we find the most profound answers. Don't miss this episode; it promises a journey of its own—a mental and emotional expedition that helps us understand the value of unpacking our lives to discover what truly matters. 🎧 Not just an artist but a storyteller, Sam leverages his skills to instigate social change, and his accolades from Arts Queensland and Meta-The Walkley Foundation are a testament to his impact. Our discussion will expand your understanding of how art and storytelling can be potent tools for shaping society and human experience. Get ready for an eye-opening conversatSupport the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
9/26/202352 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode #146. Busting Mental Health Myths, Human Experience and Social Prescriptions with Beth Tyson, Trauma Expert, Consultant and Therapist, Philadelphia, United States

In this enlightening episode, we're joined by Beth Tyson, an expert trauma therapist, to demystify some common myths about mental health and child psychology. Myth #1: Neglecting the Emotional Lives of Infants and ToddlersThe critical role that early life experiences play in long-term mental health. She sheds light on the significance of implicit and emotional memories stored during these formative years and the importance of proactive care over reactive treatment.Myth #2: Labeling Natural Reactions to Trauma as 'Disorders'The pros and cons of psychiatric diagnoses, particularly their role in facilitating insurance coverage versus their potential to stigmatize and limit people. She advocates for a more nuanced understanding of the human experience, especially when it comes to survivors of childhood trauma.Myth #3: The Burden of Individual Responsibility for Systemic ProblemsThe limitations of self-care and skill development in the face of systemic and intergenerational trauma. She calls for an approach that addresses societal root causes rather than solely focusing on the individual.Myth #4: Expecting High Achievement in Psychologically Unsafe EnvironmentsTouching on the intersection of basic neuroscience and human potential, Beth argues that the expectation for children to excel in unsafe environments is both unrealistic and damaging to their mental well-being.Myth #5: Associating Shame with Anxiety and Panic AttacksThe common misconception that experiencing anxiety or panic attacks is somehow a sign of weakness or moral failing. She emphasizes their role as natural responses to stress and how, surprisingly, they can also serve positive functions.Myth #6: The Overlooked Importance of Caregiver Support in Childhood TherapyThe vital need for holistic approaches that involve caregivers in a child's therapy journey, arguing that without this support, sustainable progress is unlikely.ConclusionBeth Tyson helps us unravel these myths, empowering us to make informed and compassionate decisions for our mental well-being and that of our children.Join the ConversationFor an ongoing discussion on children’s mental health and childhood trauma, Beth invites you to join her private Facebook group, Emotiminds, a growing community of over 4,600 parents and mental health professionals.Beth Tyson, MA, is a childhood trauma consultant, a 3x best-selling author, and a tireless advocate for the mental health of children and families. She founded Beth Tyson Trauma Consulting to provide trauma-responsive training and resources to organizations committed to supporting the emotional well-being of families. to social prescribing the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
9/16/20231 hour, 1 minute, 37 seconds
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Episode #145. Struggling with children's screentime, social media, and devices? Parents we want to help you with tech age skills. Sam Jockel, CEO and Founder of Parent TV.

Are you struggling with your children screentime, messaging apps and devices? You are not alone, there is help, and expertise to help you navigate parenting in the tech age.  Enter Parent TV.I recently heard a rather striking story from a teacher who was engaging her primary school students in a discussion about ‘what they would like to be when they grow up?’, she received an unexpected response from one of the children. She raised her hand and replied, 'An iPhone.' 'Why do you want to become an iPhone?' ‘Mum and Dad love their iPhone.' Fortunately, platforms like ParentTV are here to bridge the gap between what parents know and what they need to know. With a wide range of expert-led content on subjects ranging from cyberbullying to screen time management. ParentTV's mission is its emphasis on "getting on the kids' team." Listen to Sam Jockel on episode #145 of the Thriving Minds podcast who discusses the most important solution is your ATTENTION. She talks about how tech is the smoking and asbestos of 2023. ParentTV serves as a centralized resource for parents who want to become proficient in raising children in the tech age. No brands or advertising that will contaminate the knowledge to help parents. We encourage all parents to take advantage of these wonderful resources. Let's work together to ensure that our children are not just surviving but thriving in the digital world. While it's easy to assume that today's digital-native children are inherently savvy and resilient in navigating the complexities of technology, research and experience tell a different story. In this eye-opening episode, we explore the surprising risks and challenges that children face in our hyper-connected world.  As a parent, you may find yourself questioning, "Who's really looking after my children in this tech age?" The message and boundaries have become blurred between home and school. Parents are working and have become isolated from the community, and this is why we need an approach in the tech age. To navigate this brave new world, upskilling has emerged as an essential part of modern parenting. Gone are the days when a parent could afford to be uninformed about the latest trends in technology, social media platforms, or online safety protocols. Understanding the nuances of the digital age is vital for safeguarding children's well-being, fostering positive development, and equipping them with the life skills they'll need in a 21st-century landscape. Get involved, stay informed, and become the tech-savvy parent your kids need you to be. Sam Jockel Founder at ParentTV, Former EIR at UQ, Author, Speaker, Influencer at School Mum and ALDI Mum. #Upskilling #ParentingInTheTechAge #ParentTV #ThrivingMinds #DigitalLiteracy #ChildDevelopmentSupport the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
9/12/20231 hour, 18 seconds
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Episode #144. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. Parenting Children in the Tech Age: Develop Skills for Conversations about Tech and Sex with Young Children, Conrad Townson, Project Paradigm, Expert in Child Safety and Exploitation

Call to ActionWe live in an era where 18-month-old infants can now navigate YouTube, and the digital landscape has become a playground as well as perilous for our children. In 2023, children as young as 6 years old are now viewing adult material, are being asked to share inappropriate material with each other and to strangers.  Australia is a leading country in child exploitation because we think children are safe on-line, that it is happening overseas or to other people’s children. We need to arm ourselves with the knowledge and strategies to navigate this complex landscape. The stakes have never been higher, and the struggle is indeed real. Conrad Townson, an expert in online child exploitation once said that it’s more likely your child has encountered inappropriate content than not. The best defence, then, is a good offense. Operate under the assumption that exposure is inevitable and take proactive steps to educate and safeguard. He emphasized that our understanding of child maltreatment needs to be updated to the current digital context.  We discuss family tech plans, digital literacy bootcamps and tech zones to support parents. Exploitation is not just physical; it often occurs in the very devices we hand to our children. The Unpleasant Reality: Online Child ExploitationThe topic of online child exploitation is undeniably unsettling, and we want to turn away. Unfortunately, we can’t as its urgency cannot be swept under the rug any longer. We're at a historical juncture where the risks for our children have been exponentially escalated. Digital platforms provide exploiters with unprecedented access to children, while parents are not aware. Being on-line is as dangerous as being off-line for young children. Conrad says: would you let your 8 yr old child walk in the city without a map? Become aware that smart phones, apps, games, all have messaging apps and children now know how to change timezones and passcodes.The Stakes: Your Child's Brain and Well-beingRemember, the brain is malleable and is significantly shaped by experiences, particularly between the ages of 0-3 and 10-14. Excessive screen and inappropriate adult material during this time of brain development is changing the hormones in the brain and affecting their behaviour. Smoking cigarettes is safer for children. If the threat to emotional and cognitive development isn't alarming enough, consider the dark underbelly of the internet, filled with sextortion, pornography, and grooming, often unbeknownst to parents. Time for Collective ActionSo why are we, as a society, handing this Pandora's box to our children who are not yet equipped to deal with its ramifications? It's time for collective action. Childhood is fleeting; why are we so eager to accelerate it rather than savor its innocence and joys? Ancient Wisdom Let's look back to the wisdom of the ages for timeless advice that applies even in this digital world. Many ancient philosophies and cultural proverbs speak to the essence of guardianship—concepts that are incredibly relevant as we navigate the challenges of modern parenting.  "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." If you feel like you've been late in setting digital boundaries, remember that it's never too late to start. Take control now, establish the rules, and be consistent in enforcing them."It takes a village to raise a child. Don't underestimate the power of community. Connect with other parents, educators, and experts to share advice and strategies. There's strength in numbers, and collective wisdom can be your strongest ally.In the wise words of Maya Angelou, "Do the best you can Support the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
9/5/20231 hour, 45 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode #143 Transforming Health Care with Narrative Medicine and Clinical Yarning - A Conversation with Dr. Mariam Tokhi, University of Melbourne, GP, Utopia Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health

We welcome Dr. Mariam Tokhi, a pioneering general practitioner from Melbourne, who has introduced the first course of its kind in Australia on narrative medicine. Storytelling has long been a powerful tool for communication, education, and relationship-building. In the context of healthcare, upskilling clinical skills through storytelling, also known as narrative medicine, and the practice of "clinical yarning" as used by Aboriginal communities, provide unique and transformative approaches to patient care.Narrative medicine encourages medical professionals to engage more profoundly with themselves and then their patients by listening to their stories. Dr. Tokhi, along with her colleague, Senior Paediatric Emergency physician Fiona Reilly, believe in facing the haunting memories and "ghosts" that many doctors carry with them. These memories often stem from interactions with "difficult" patients or situations where outcomes were less than ideal.Join us as Dr. Tokhi delves into her groundbreaking course, shares her insights on how narrative medicine is transforming health care in Australia, and explores the profound impact that stories can have on both patients and medical professionals.In a world where the medical field can often feel detached and clinical, Dr. Tokhi's work reminds us that at the heart of healing is the human story. Listen, learn, and be inspired by this unique approach to medicine.Upskilling Clinical Skills Through Storytelling:1. Building Empathy and Understanding:Storytelling allows healthcare professionals to connect with patients on a personal level, fostering empathy and understanding. By listening to patients' stories, doctors can gain insights into the individual's experiences, values, and concerns, leading to more personalized and compassionate care.2. Enhancing Communication:Effective storytelling promotes clear and concise communication. By learning to articulate complex medical concepts through stories, healthcare providers can make information more accessible to patients, facilitating informed decision-making.3. Reflective Practice:Narrative medicine encourages healthcare professionals to reflect on their experiences and interactions. This reflection can lead to greater self-awareness, professional growth, and improved patient outcomes.Clinical Yarning in Aboriginal Communities"Clinical yarning" is a term used within Aboriginal communities in Australia to describe a form of storytelling that has therapeutic benefits. It offers valuable lessons for transforming healthcare.1. Cultural Respect and Sensitivity:Clinical yarning respects the cultural traditions and values of Aboriginal people. It acknowledges the importance of relationships, trust, and community in healing.2. Holistic Approach to Health:This practice recognizes that health is not merely the absence of disease but a complex interplay of physical, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. Clinical yarning allows for a more comprehensive understanding of a patient's health.3. Community Engagement:Clinical yarning fosters a sense of community and connection. It engages not only the individual patient but also the wider community, reinforcing the communal aspect of health and well-being.ConclusionThe integration of storytelling into healthcare, whether through narrative medicine's upskilling of clinical skills or the practice of clinical yarning, represents a significant shift towards more human-centered care.By embracing the power of stories, healthcare providers can forge deeper connections with patients, enhance communication, foster empathy, and promote a more hSupport the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
8/24/20231 hour, 45 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode #142. Rethinking how we understand autism spectrum disorders. Helping parents, creating time, space, attention with Professor Andrew Whitehouse, Head Autism Research Team at University of Western Australia, finalist Australian of the Year 2023

Autism spectrum disorders once affected 1 in 2000 individuals, now touches the lives of 1 in 50. This remarkable change underscores the urgency to understand this complex neurodevelopmental disorder and the ways it intertwines with the universal journey of parenting.In this episode we explore the world of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and delve into the broader landscape of parent-child interactions, their profound impact on brain development. Joining us is the esteemed Professor Andrew Whitehouse, who guides us through the intricate science of ASD and the delicate ways that parent-child connections shape the mind, especially in children with autism. He also delves into the essential truth that parenting is not merely an instinctive act but a skill that must be learned, nurtured, and refined. His wisdom extends beyond autism, offering valuable lessons and practical guidance for all parents. Professor Whitehouse emphasizes the importance of time, space, and attention in the parenting process. He shares insightful strategies for creating a nurturing environment, fostering positive interactions, and enhancing both cognitive and emotional development. His wisdom extends beyond autism, offering valuable lessons and practical guidance for all parents, regardless of their child's neurodevelopmental status.We explore how dedicating time to understand a child's unique needs, creating space for growth and exploration, and paying attention to the subtle cues of development can unlock the doors to thriving minds.This inspiring episode is a journey through the science of connection, love, and the incredible potential of the human brain. Whether you are a parent, caregiver, educator, or simply interested in the transformative power of relationships, tune in to discover how to cultivate the art of parenting and shape the minds of the next generation.Professor Andrew Whitehouse is the Angela Wright Bennett Professor of Autism Research at the Telethon Kids Institute and Professor of Autism Research at The University of Western Australia. He is also Director of CliniKids, Research Strategy Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) and Adjunct Professor at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University. Andrew is the current President of the Australasian Society for Autism Research.At the Telethon Kids Institute he leads a large team of clinicians and researchers whose goal is to support young children and their families to reach their full potential through the development and translation of cutting-edge evidence-based practice. Andrew has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and attracted over $60 million in competitive research grants. He currently presents an internationally syndicated video series called ’60 Second Science”, which has had over 2 million views. He is an advisor to State and Commonwealth Governments on policies relating to children on the autism spectrum, and he chaired the committee that generated Australia’s first national guideline for autism diagnosis.Andrew has published one edited book with his twin-brother (Ben), and a popular science book that examined the science behind some of the myths of pregnancy and child development (Will Mozart Make My Baby Smart?). He has also been awarded one of Australia’s most prestigious scientific awards, the Eureka Prize. Prior to coming to the Telethon Kids Institute, Andrew was a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.In addition to his advocacy and research efforts, Professor Whitehouse is highly regarded for his science communication. His Support the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
8/23/202343 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode #141. For the Matildas-Understanding the Brain's Social Network that reduces Burnout and Stress.

The Neuroscience of Connection: Understanding the Brain's Social NetworkThe power of the human minds to unify, inspire, and transform. Drawing from cutting-edge neuroscience research, we explore how the brain's intricate networks foster cooperation, resilience, and the unparalleled teamwork exhibited by the Matildas on the field.We delve into the dynamics of connection, empathy, and shared purpose. How do these cognitive processes shape the success of a team like the Matildas? How can the understanding of these mechanisms improve the lives of people beyond the sports arena?Whether you're a scientist, sports enthusiast, or someone curious about the mind's potential, this episode offers an insightful and transformative look into the power of neuroscience and the legacy of the Matildas.In an increasingly interconnected world, human connection remains at the core of our social fabric. The ability to form and maintain relationships not only enriches our lives but also shapes our mental and physical well-being. But what happens inside our brains that enables us to connect with others? The emerging field of social neuroscience offers fascinating insights into the intricate workings of the human brain in social contexts.Various regions of the brain, including the prefrontal cortex, amygdala, and insula, work together to process social information. These areas analyze facial expressions, voice tone, and body language, allowing us to navigate complex social landscapes. The effective functioning of this network is vital for understanding others' thoughts, feelings, and intentions.Research has revealed that our brains respond to social pain, such as rejection or isolation, in similar ways to physical pain. Conversely, social connections and acceptance activate reward centres in the brain, creating a sense of pleasure and belonging.Understanding the neuroscience of connection has profound implications for mental health. Social disconnection has been linked to various mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. Therapeutic approaches that focus on building social skills and enhancing connections can offer vital paths to healing.Go the Matildas!Support the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
8/13/202316 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode #140. Joy in Schools. How to make safe, calm and connected schools in our communities with John Bray, Chief Enthusiasm Officer & Principal Dunwich School, Minjerribah

A joy filled conversation about how to reimagine education systems and its role in community with John Bray, Chief Enthusiasm Officer and Principal of Dunwich School. John has an unwavering commitment to crafting safe, calm, and connected schools, Bray's innovative approach to co-designing educational spaces with the community.He has a pedagogical philosophy that emphasizes the importance of understanding and embracing cultural nuances and practices, most notably the powerful practice of silence. Let silence do the heavy lifting, as we sit in circles together. We explore how such practices can enhance the learning experience, raising teacher awareness while simultaneously empowering students.It is essential to provide the time and space necessary for both teachers and students to grow, learn, and adapt. His focus on a minimalist approach – taking things away and changing practices – allows for an environment that truly facilitates and enhances student's learning.It is about creating an educational climate that is safe, calm, and connected.  The importance of attentive and active listening, stressing that we must strive to understand, rather than simply waiting for our turn to respond. It is about embracing cultural diversity in his school, nurturing an environment where every voice is heard and valued. It is intentional welcoming of students into the school everyday and saying see you tomorrow when they leave. It is about making everyone feel safe.The power of silence plays a pivotal role in Bray's approach. Hear about the transformative role that a simple circle of silence can play within a local community and the potential it holds for fostering stronger, more empathetic ties.John helps us redefine what it means to design schools for a connected, empathetic, and thriving future. Support the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
8/5/202346 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode #139. School culture and environment are keys to mental health in young people in schools, results of the largest Myriad trial and time to consider mental health as a basic human right. Professor Willem Kuyken, University of Oxford

Professor Kuyken suggests that over the next 50 years that will see mental health and wellbeing become a human right that is fundamental to human flourishing. This requires a public health and societal approach to tackle as from about 7 billion people in the world, of which about a 3.5 billion will at some point encounter mental health problems themselves or with their loved ones. How we think about mental health will be the equivalent of passive smoking ~50 years ago.Why school culture and not mindfulness curriculum improve mental health in young people in schools.  Professor Willem Kuyken, University of Oxford discuss the unexpected findings from the $6 million pound Wellcome Trust published Myriad trial (My Resilience in Adolescence).Professor Willem Kuyken, a leading expert in mindfulness and psychological science at the University of Oxford published the Myriad trial, showing that the school environment correlated with mental health was the culture and climate and not the mindfulness curriculum as the primary outcomes. A school that has a sense of safety, respect, trust, and overall psychological and physical comfort was found to be associated with better mental health in adolescent students. These factors, changeable in nature, present an interesting opportunity for enhancing student wellbeing.  Interestingly, external factors seemed to contribute more to variations in young people's mental health than factors within the school, suggesting that schools alone cannot shoulder the entire responsibility for mental health interventions. The epidemiological findings from their large and representative study reaffirmed existing knowledge that about one in three young people (ages 11-14) reported significant mental health challenges, with higher incidences among girls than boys.   Professor Kuyken started his career as a scientist who was interested in evidence-based approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for adults. However, he realized that these individual therapies were not enough to make a major impact on mental health and well being at a population level.  The Myriad Study concluded that mindfulness training did not have a clear advantage over normal school provision or social and emotional learning in promoting mental health and well being among adolescents. However, the study also highlighted some potential benefits and challenges of mindfulness training for teachers in schools, and suggested directions for future research and practice., W. et al & MYRIAD Team Group. (2022). Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of universal school-based mindfulness training compared with normal school provision in reducing risk of mental health problems and promoting well-being in adolescence: the MYRIAD cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ Evidence-Based Mental Health. the primary outcomes of the trial with a focus on the impact on young people.Kuyken, W. et al (2022). Effectiveness of universal school-based mindfulness training compared with normal school provision on teacher mental health and school climate: results of the MYRIAD cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ Evidence-Based Mental Health. some of the secondary outcomes such as the impact of Mindfulness training on the teachers delivering it and the school climate as a whole.Support the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
8/2/202345 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode #138 Universal basic income of $500 per week for the common good and conquer yourself with Everald Compton AC AO, a true champion

What would you do if you were given $500 per week, no questions asked?  In this episode, we have the honour of hosting a compelling conversation with Everald Compton, a titan in Australian business, an influential social reformer, and a well-respected author.Everald has championed numerous causes throughout his remarkable career, but none have been as significant as his advocacy for a Universal Basic Income (UBI). As he unveils the journey that led him to fervently believe in UBI, he paints a vivid picture of a future where economic stability is not a privilege, but a right.However, our conversation doesn't stop at societal reform. We delve deep into the essence of personal growth, exploring Everald's conviction that the most important lesson in life is learning how to conquer yourself. As Everald unfolds his wisdom, he shares how mastering self can lead to personal success, fulfilment, and ultimately, a positive impact on the world.In a blend of societal innovation and profound personal insight, this episode promises to challenge your perspectives and inspire you to reflect on your role within society and your journey of personal growth. Whether you're intrigued by the concept of UBI, committed to personal development, or interested in the journey of a notable figure like Everald Compton, this episode is a treasure trove of wisdom and inspiration. Tune in for an enlightening conversation that bridges the gap between personal transformation and social reform. the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
7/25/202344 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode #137. Healing from the causes of addiction and obesity opens new avenues for treatment. Professor Selena Bartlett interview with Ashutosh Garg, The Brand Called You.

 Two powerful ideas to consider when you see someone struggling.1.     I wonder what happened to you?2.     How can I help you?Healing through neuroplasticity is not about quick fixes or short-term solutions; it's about understanding the root causes of these conditions. It's about recognising that it is not about an individual but about the community and Society. How to begin to break the cycle of high stress, multigenerational trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACES), poor sleep, unhealthy food and lack of exercise. It's about acknowledging that our brains can be rewired over time through consistent, healthy behaviors. It's a hopeful message: even if our Society has conditioned our brains towards unhealthy behaviours, we are able to condition towards change and recovery. This perspective shifts the focus from mere symptom management to actual healing. Let's continue our efforts to create a society that promotes mental and physical health through education, empathy, and access to resources. And remember, it's time we start embracing neuroplasticity as a powerful ally on this journey.Interview with Ashutosh Garg, Founder of the Brand Called You podcast. #Neuroplasticity #Addiction #Obesity #Recovery #Healing #BrainHealth #Resilience#community #social connection matters to solve addiction and obesity. Support the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
7/21/202352 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode #136. Crossing a Line in the Sand at Work. Learn about Moral Injury for Journalists, Military, First Responders and Health Care Professionals and the Path to Recovery with Dean Yates.

Step into the captivating world of Dean Yates, the former bureau chief in Iraq whose life took a dramatic turn when a U.S. Apache gunship tragically killed two Reuters journalists in Baghdad in 2007. The shocking footage of this incident, brought to light by Julian Assange, shook the world's conscience. However, this pivotal event was just the beginning of Dean's journey, one that led him to become a staunch advocate for mental health in the journalism industry.Dean Yates shares his deeply personal story and unveils the concept of moral injury—an affliction that extends beyond post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and affects individuals from all walks of life. Through his own experiences, Dean reveals how moral injury can occur when one's sense of what is right and just is fundamentally violated. Drawing from his last role at Reuters, where he spearheaded the creation and implementation of a mental health strategy for the company's 2,500 journalists, Dean provides a rare insight into the extreme workplace trauma that can push even the most successful foreign journalists to the brink of despair. As Dean guides us through his recovery process, he reveals the pivotal role that unconditional love played in his healing journey. Whether it was the unwavering support of his family, the compassionate connections forged in the Ward 17 psych unit in Melbourne where he spent 77 days and nights with veterans and first responders, or his own unwavering commitment to self-improvement, Dean demonstrates how love—unconditional and all-encompassing—can become the guiding light that leads us to freedom. Dean confronts moral injury head-on, fostering a deeper understanding of this complex condition and offering a glimmer of hope for those who may have found themselves in its grip. Line in the Sand is an eye-opening exploration of the intersection between journalism, mental health, and moral injury. Dean Yates takes you on a transformative journey, leaving no stone unturned in his quest to raise awareness and provide solace for those who have experienced the profound challenges of moral injury in their own lives. Get ready to embark on a thought-provoking journey that will forever change the way you perceive the untold stories hidden within the shadows of journalism. the showSubscribe and support the podcast at more at
7/10/202352 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode #135. Gain Financial Fortitude and a Rhino Hide with Claire Hatton and Greta Thomas, powerhouses of advice for career and life.

Today we are joined by Claire Hatton and Greta Thomas, Founders of the Don’t Stop Us Now. Get ready to dive deep into the lives of these remarkable individuals and uncover the personal journeys that have shaped their extraordinary success. Claire and Greta invite you to discover the person behind the success story—the one who has encountered the same doubts, fears, and tough times as many of us. These inspiring women have faced obstacles head-on, defying expectations and forging their own paths to greatness. Through their tales of triumph, they impart invaluable wisdom, lessons, and insights that will inspire and empower you on your own journey. Together, we'll delve into the experiences of extraordinary people who bring us the stories of people that have shattered the glass ceilings in various fields, including business, politics, science, sports, and the arts. We'll uncover the strategies they employed, the obstacles they faced, and the lessons they learned along the way. Through their stories, we aim to inspire, motivate, and empower women everywhere to embrace their own unique strengths, challenge the status quo, and overcome the barriers that hold them back. One of the key lessons they’ve learned from creating more than 169 episodes and being part of the top 5% that keep going is that it's a marathon, not a sprint. The importance of a clear purpose is considered vital, acting as an anchor that fuels motivation, especially when facing setbacks. One of these lessons for all of us is financial fortitude and literacy that are essential skills that empower people to take control of their financial futures and make informed decisions. In today's rapidly changing economic landscape, we need to be equipped with the knowledge and tools to navigate the complexities of personal finance, investments, and entrepreneurship. Moreover, the episode gave insights into dealing with criticism and setbacks, with an example of using "Rhino Hide" as a tool to not take things personally, thus hinting towards the concept of emotional resilience. A significant point is the human need for societal reconnection through giving, sharing, and helping others. Claire and Greta draw from their extensive experience as leaders and Non-Executive Directors to explore common career issues. They provide practical and proven tools that you can implement in your own life to overcome challenges, seize opportunities, and excel in your chosen field. "Don't Stop Us Now: Women on a Mission" is more than just a podcast—it's a movement that celebrates the incredible achievements of women, encourages collaboration, and fosters a sense of community. Join us as we embark on this empowering journey together, and let the stories and advice shared on the show inspire you to pursue your passions fearlessly. 1. **Create Female-Centric Podcasts:** Creating more podcasts that specifically address women and issues that they care about can lead to increased female representation.2. **Promote Women's Voices:** Highlight and promote women. Use social media and other platforms to gain more visibility.3. **Facilitate Training and Opportunities**Ensure to have women as guests, hosts, or as part of the production team in mainstream podcasts. Seeing and hearing more women could inspire others to do the same.4. **Normalize Women as Authority Figures:** Combat this by normalizing the idea of women as experts in various fields.5. **Encourage Listener Support:** Empower listeners to support female-driven podcasts through listening, subscribing, sharing, and donating.  So, are you ready to be inspired, motivated, and empowered? Tune in to "Don't Stop Us Now: Women on a Mission" and unleash your true potential. Together, let's defy expectations, break barriers, and create a world where women's voices arSupport the showLearn more at
7/6/20231 hour, 1 minute, 50 seconds
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Episode #134 Ten things to whisper into a child’s ear to help them thrive for life. Conversation with Gavin McCormack, one of the most influential educators in 2022.

This is a conversation that dives deep into the mind of a visionary, who has dedicated over 25 years of his life to reforming education on a global scale. As a seasoned Montessori teacher and school principal in Australia, a committed advocate for child-centric learning, and a tireless builder of schools in the remote regions of the Himalayas, co-founding and, and his ongoing efforts in training teachers across the globe. Gavin McCormack has a uniquely compelling perspective on education.Gavin's mission is clear and that is to equip the future leaders of tomorrow with essential 21st-century skills. He aspires to inspire students to have the confidence to embrace new experiences and the resilience to learn from failure. His bold vision for the future of education envisages a world where hope lies in every classroom, where every life matters, and where nature is respected as our greatest ally. Tune in to hear Gavin's thought-provoking perspectives on how we can champion educational equality and prepare our children for a future we can be proud of.He writes: TEN THINGS FOR CHILDREN TO THRIVE“As a parent, it is essential to nurture your child’s emotional, social and intellectual growth. One of the ways to achieve this is through positive affirmations, which help build your child’s confidence and self-esteem. Here are ten things to whisper in your child’s ear every day. 1.“I believe in you 100%. Whatever you want to be, I’ll be right behind you.” By telling your child this, you encourage them to follow their dreams and aspirations. 2.“Be yourself, that’s all that you can do. You’re amazing just as you are, and I love you.” By accepting your child as they are, you help them feel valued and appreciated. 3.“I trust you, and you can trust me. If you make a mistake or do something wrong, that’s ok! We all make mistakes!” Letting your child know that it’s okay to make mistakes and that you will still be there for them helps build a strong bond of trust. 4.“I will always be by your side. No matter how far away you are from me, just call, and I’ll be right there!” Assuring your child that you will always be there for them gives them a sense of security and comfort. 5.“I’m your friend. I may be a lot older than you, but I love being with you just as much as you love being with me!” Being your child’s friend helps build a healthy relationship built on trust, respect and love. 6.“Try to be as kind as you can to everyone you meet. Smile, love, care and laugh. That’s all I ask of you.” Teaching your child to be kind and compassionate towards others helps them build empathy and positive relationships with people. 7.“Try your best, that’s good enough for me. But whatever you do, don’t ever give up. Don’t ever let doubt get in your way. If you can imagine it, you can become it!8. Encouraging your child to never give up and to believe in their dreams helps build their resilience and determination. 9.“If you see someone crying on the playground, sitting on their own or looking lonely, go over, hold their hand, and make sure they’re ok! Imagine what it would be like to be so sad!” Teaching your child to be empathetic towards others helps them build strong interpersonal skills. 10. “Take care of plants, animals and insects. They’re all part of the universe, and so are you. The world is your home, but it’s also theirs. Let’s share it together.” Teaching your child to care for the environment helps them build a sense of responsibility towards the planet. “I love you, unconditionally!” Telling your child that you love them, no matter what, helps build their self-esteem and sense of self-worth.To learn more: resources and courses:htSupport the showLearn more at
6/27/202351 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode #133. Power of listening to inner voices, a journey of discovery and triumph with Kellie Stastny, Chair of Intervoice, BSW.

Step into the captivating world of voices and embark on a transformative journey of discovery with Kellie Stastny, the Chair of Intervoice, mother of 2 children, just graduated from Latrobe University with Bachelor of Social Work and Human Services. In this thought-provoking podcast, we dive deep into the fascinating realm of hearing voices, challenging societal preconceptions, and unravelling the potential of these extraordinary experiences.Kellie Stastny, a leading advocate, and expert in the field, as she unravels the tapestry of voices, presenting a fresh perspective on a phenomenon often misunderstood. With her extensive knowledge and compassionate approach, Kellie guides us through personal anecdotes and empowering conversations, revealing the remarkable stories of individuals who have experienced the diverse range of voices. Through engaging with psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and individuals with lived experiences, Kellie sheds light on the profound impact that active listening and understanding can have on the lives of those who hear voices. Together, we explore the potential for personal growth, self-discovery, and resilience that can arise from developing a compassionate relationship with these voices. Discover how listening to voices becomes a powerful tool for unlocking creativity, fostering empathy, and challenging societal norms. Kellie's deep insights encourage us to reflect on our own perceptions of mental health, urging us to redefine what it means to be human. Whether you are a mental health professional, an individual who has experienced hearing voices, or simply curious about the intricacies of the human mind, this podcast provides a safe space to delve into the extraordinary stories that shape our understanding of the human experience. Uncover the hidden symphony within the world of voices as Kellie Stastny masterfully orchestrates this transformative exploration of self-discovery, compassion, and the power of active listening. For healthcare professionals. Kellie asks us to “Hold your values tightly but hold beliefs lightly”. Let Kellie Stastny guide you towards a deeper appreciation of the beauty and resilience that lies within the tapestry of human consciousness.Learn more: the showLearn more at
6/19/202341 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode #132 Smartphones and Social media are destroying Children’s Mental health. Dr Mark Williams, cognitive neuroscientist, author "The Connected Species: How Understanding the Evolution of the Human Brain Can Save the World"

Step into a thought-provoking exploration of the alarming collapse of youth mental health since the advent of smartphones in 2010. In this gripping podcast, we delve into the evidence that suggests a troubling correlation between the omnipresence of social media, digital distractions, and the well-being of teenagers worldwide and especially girls.  Join us on an enlightening journey as we delve into the groundbreaking book "The Connected Species, how understanding the brain will change the world".  His work aligns with a recent article in the Financial Times  by John Burn Murdoch, who published an alarming set of graphs drawing from the research and insights of renowned advocate Jean Twenge, who shed light on the profound effects of digital socializing, the decline of in-person gatherings, and the unsettling rise of constant online presence. Uncover the generational-level impact of increased screen-time on social interactions and mental health, with a particular emphasis on the sharper decline experienced by girls. There is a significant correlation between higher rates of depression among teens and their increased online presence. Explore the evidence that points beyond mere reporting trends, indicating the heightened risks faced by those who spend excessive hours on social media platforms. Engage in a thought-provoking discussion on potential solutions, including educational initiatives targeting both youth and parents, promoting extended breaks from social media, and implementing regulatory measures to establish age limits and hold tech companies accountable.Prepare to confront the complex realities of combating social media addiction in a world where smartphones and apps have become inseparable from daily life. Join us on this transformative journey as we examine the profound influence of digital technology on teenage mental health, sparking conversations about creating a healthier and more balanced future for the next generation.Join us on an enlightening journey as we delve into the groundbreaking book "The Connected Species" by renowned scientist and author, Dr. Mark William. In this thought-provoking work, Dr. William presents a captivating exploration of the intricate web of connections that exist between humans and the natural world. Drawing from his extensive research and profound insights, Dr. William reveals how our species is intimately intertwined with the delicate balance of life on Earth.Throughout the podcast episodes, we dive deep into the key concepts and revelations found within "The Connected Species." Dr. William takes us on a fascinating exploration of the following three main takeaways from his groundbreaking book:Prepare to be captivated by Dr. Mark William's revolutionary ideas in "The Connected Species." Join us as we delve into the pages of this transformative book, exploring the interconnectedness of all life and discovering the profound implications for our species and the world we call home. #Interconnectedness #EcologicalIntelligence #Rewilding #Biodiversity #NatureConnection #MentalWellness #SustainableLiving #TransformativeIdeas #PersonalGrowth #Resilience #MeaningfulExistence#social media #addiction #mentalhealth #depression #social anxietySupport the showLearn more at
6/11/202350 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode# 131. Linking your brown fat to training your brain to become healthier and stronger. Dr Susanna Soeberg, best selling author of Winter Swimming and the Soeberg Principle.

🌟 Exciting News! 🌟 I'm thrilled to share my experience with Susanna Soeberg's incredible work on cold exposure and its numerous benefits. Here are three key takeaways that I believe everyone can benefit from:1️⃣ Improved Resilience: Through cold exposure techniques, Susanna helps individuals develop mental and physical resilience. Exposing ourselves to controlled cold environments can boost our immune system, increase blood circulation, and improve our ability to handle stress. It's amazing how a little discomfort can lead to long-term benefits!2️⃣ Enhanced Focus and Clarity: Cold exposure activates the body's natural responses, increasing alertness and improving mental clarity. By embracing the discomfort, we train ourselves to stay present, focused, and better equipped to tackle challenges. Susanna's guidance and expertise in this area have been instrumental in unlocking my potential and sharpening my mind.3️⃣ Mind-Body Connection: Susanna's program emphasizes the importance of the mind-body connection. Cold exposure provides a unique opportunity to explore the power of our thoughts and beliefs. It has taught me that by shifting our mindset and embracing discomfort, we can create a profound impact on our overall well-being.I highly recommend exploring Susanna Soeberg's work in cold exposure to unlock your potential, boost resilience, and foster a stronger mind-body connection. Her expertise and guidance have made a significant difference in my life, and I am confident it can do the same for you.Learn more at a 10% discount on her courses by typing in SELENA10 in the checkout!#ColdExposure #Resilience #MindBodyConnection #PersonalGrowth #SelfDiscoverySupport the showLearn more at
6/3/202350 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode #130. Understand your profound influence on others, even in the most fleeting of encounters. Solene Hegarty-Cremer, PhD student, Université de Montréal.

Understand your profound influence on others, even in the most fleeting of encounters.  A serendipitous encounter took place at All Hallows where I was giving a presentation to the year 12 students about my unexpected career as a neuroscientist. Little did I know, until a month ago, that Solene Hegarty-Cremer was sitting in the auditorium that day or that my story would shape her life in the most unexpected ways. While exploring the intricacies of the human brain, I emphasized the unpredictable nature of future career opportunities and the profound impact one can have on others. Solene made her way out of the bustling auditorium, her mind buzzing with inspiration and felt a resolute conviction that mathematics was her destined path in higher education. Unbeknownst to me, fast forward, Solene contacted me on LinkedIn, having just started a Applied Mathematics PhD at Université de Montréal. Upon discovering their shared connection to All Hallows, their conversation blossomed, transcending the boundaries of time.  Our conversation reminded me of the profound influence one can have on others, even in the most unknown and fleeting of encounters. Our newly discovered intertwined journey, starting from All Hallows, and then influenced by Professor Ian Turner at QUT exemplifies the interconnectedness of life's twists and turns. In the realm of academia, where knowledge intertwines and inspiration knows no bounds, their meeting stands as a reminder that one never truly comprehends the breadth of their influence or the transformative power of their words. The enigmatic laws of the universe that continue to elude our understanding, as we continue in our respective fields, our shared story serves as a testament to the remarkable journeys that unfold when passion and destiny collide. I envision a moment in the near future when Solene stands at the podium in the All Hallows auditorium, addressing a captivated audience of year 12 students. Little do they know that within those walls, a profound shift is about to take place, altering the course of someone's life in ways they never could have foreseen. As Solene delivers her inspiring words, one or more unsuspecting students in the audience will find their path redirected, their destiny forever changed. It's a powerful reminder that within the confines of a single moment, lives can be transformed, and new possibilities can emerge, reshaping the very fabric of our existence. #ProfoundInfluence #UnexpectedEncounters #LifeChangingMoments #InspiringJourneys #UnforeseenDestinies #AcademicImpact #Interconnectedness #TransformativePower #EnigmaticUniverse #PassionAndDestiny #TwistsAndTurns #ReshapingExistence #IntriguingConnections #SerendipitousEncounter #UnleashingPotential #FleetingInfluence #UnveilingDestinies #UnexpectedPaths #PowerOfWords #JourneyOfInspiration #UnboundPossibilitiesSupport the showLearn more at
5/29/202334 minutes, 1 second
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Episode #129. Untoxicated: Why high functioning people use alcohol to medicate stress and trauma, new ways that empower recovery and redefining sobriety through community connection with Faye Lawrence.

In this compelling episode, we delve into the inspiring work of Faye Lawrence and the transformative movement she spearheads through Untoxicated. Fuelled by a deep understanding that problem drinking and addiction are health issues, not personal failings, Faye challenges the societal norms and stigma surrounding alcohol use.Having been a heavy but high functioning drinker since her teens, Faye wound up in inpatient detox in late 2017 after the wheels really fell off. Determined not to let her sobriety ruin her social life she founded Untoxicated, now Australia’s largest alcohol-free social community.She is a TEDx speaker, co-author and has featured widely across media with a mission to normalise living with less or no alcohol in a culture that reveres it. With a lifelong fascination in human behaviour, she holds a degree in psychology, is a certified Grey Area Drinking coach and is currently undertaking a Master of Counselling. A portfolio careerist, she’s also a marketing, communications, and engagement consultant and has worked extensively with disability and community service organisations across Australia. Faye is passionate about using her lived experience of intergenerational addiction to advocate for the reduction of stigma to improve outcomes, and is a SMART Recovery Australia Board Member. In her spare time, she loves nothing more than hanging out with her two adult daughters and badly behaved Bengal cat. Alcohol has long served as a salve for dealing with trauma, chronic stress, isolation, and mental health issues. It permeates our lives, from celebrations to commiserations, bonding moments, and moments of relaxation. However, when the product ultimately leads to dependence, society often responds with condemnation and shame, hindering individuals from seeking help until personal costs become significant for themselves and those around them. Ironically, those who choose not to drink, whether in recovery or by personal preference, also face stigmatization and exclusion, leaving them feeling abnormal and left out. It's a lose-lose situation that perpetuates negative social pressures and stereotypes. Untoxicated aims to break this cycle. Research reveals that alcohol is the only drug for which approval of regular use outweighs disapproval, creating significant pressure to drink. This pressure leads to social avoidance, succumbing to peer pressure, and relapses. Yet, despite its widespread use, the health impacts and societal costs of alcohol far outweigh those of illicit drugs. Untoxicated is not advocating for everyone to give up alcohol. The movement believes in less judgment and more acceptance. Instead, it strives to create an environment where individuals can choose to give up or reduce their alcohol consumption without fear of judgment or isolation. Acceptance is the key. Through Untoxicated, people who don't drink, regardless of their reasons, find a sense of belonging, connection, and the affirmation that their choices are normal. The movement aims to empower individuals to make informed decisions earlier, demonstrating the possibilities of a life without alcohol or with reduced consumption, rather than waiting until they hit rock bottom. Untoxicated recognizes the importance of supporting those who seek lifestyle changes and providing them with the best chances of success. By doing so, individuals, their families, relationships, and communities can flourish, free from the damaging effects of alcohol.Join us as we explore Faye Lawrence's incredible vision and the founding principles of Together, let's challenge the status quo, redefine stigma, foster acceptance, and create a world where choices regarding alcohol are celebrated, understood, and respected.Link tSupport the showLearn more at
5/22/202346 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode #128 Smell the Roses. Unlocking the Fascinating Link Between Olfactory Training and Neuroplasticity" A Conversation with Dr. Thomas Hummel.

Get ready to discover the incredible potential of our sense of smell in this fascinating episode of our podcast! Join us as we dive into the world of olfactory science with Dr. Thomas Hummel from the University of Dresden in Germany. In this conversation, we'll explore the importance of our sense of smell, how it impacts our ability to think, and the exciting potential for neuroplasticity in this field. Plus, we'll delve into the latest research on olfactory training and how it can help patients with olfactory loss. Whether you're a scientist, a curious learner, or just someone who loves to explore the wonders of the human body, this conversation is sure to captivate your senses. So tune in now to learn more about the wonders of the human sense of smell with Dr. Thomas Hummel. And don't forget to check out the paper he co-authored on the effects of olfactory training in patients with olfactory loss for more information. the showLearn more at
5/11/202336 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode #127. Ever wondered what lies beneath the surface of your mind? Uncover the astonishing power of neuroplasticity! Unravel the secrets of your brain and explore its extraordinary capabilities, unlock the door to a realm of new possibilities!

 Get ready to embark on a mind-bending journey that will reshape the way you see yourself and the incredible potential that lies within your own mind. Curiosity awaits—let's unravel the mysteries of your brain together! how your brain works and the amazing potential of neuroplasticity? Join Libby Trickett and Professor Selena Bartlett reveal their secrets!Join Libby Trickett and Professor Selena Bartlett as we dive deep into the fascinating world of neuroscience and explore practical tips and strategies for unlocking the full potential of your brain. As we navigate the challenges of parenting, we understand the importance of fostering positive parent-child connections and developing strong cognitive abilities in our children. That's why our podcast is a valuable resource for parents who want to understand how to enhance their child's development and build a strong bond with them.We explore the science of neuroplasticity and provide practical strategies for strengthening the bond between you and your child. Our discussion includes simple exercises that enhance cognitive function and techniques for promoting emotional regulation. You'll learn how to empower your child to tap into their full potential while supporting their development in a holistic way.In addition to helping parents, our podcast also provides valuable insights for individuals seeking personal growth and development. By understanding how your brain works and exploring practical tips for harnessing the power of neuroplasticity, you can achieve personal growth and enhance your cognitive abilities.In one of our episodes, we discuss how sugar addiction changes the brain and what you can do about it from a neuroscience perspective. Did you know that high-sugar containing foods and beverages activate reward areas within the brain more robustly than cocaine? This addiction can significantly impact brain function and lead to overconsumption. We delve into how sugar activates our addiction centers and changes the physical structure of the brain. Our discussion also includes techniques for retraining the brain to combat addiction.So, whether you're a parent looking to build a stronger connection with your child or an individual seeking personal growth and development, our podcast is the perfect tool for unlocking the power of your brain and discovering the incredible possibilities that lie within you! Join us on this exciting journey and let's explore the wonders of neuroplasticity together! Don't forget to check out our latest episode on sugar addiction and its impact on the brain. #neuroscience #brainhealth #neuroplasticity #thrivingminds #parentingplasticity #covid19 #sugar #addictionawarenessThis is an excerpt taken from the Pebble in the Pond podcast of The Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association who hosted us in this insightful discussion about neuroplasticity and personal growth.Support the showLearn more at
4/27/202335 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode #126. Breaking Barriers: How Vickie Simos Trains Martial Arts for People with Autism and ASD

Welcome to our podcast, where we seek to share inspiring stories that can make a positive impact in people's lives. We know that raising a child with autism can be challenging, and we hope that this conversation can bring some hope and insights for parents who are facing similar situations. As a parent of a child with autism, you might be looking for ways to help your child develop skills and cope with daily challenges. Vickie Simos, an author of the boxer within is a martial artist and an advocate for autism awareness who has dedicated herself to training individuals with autism and ASD. Martial arts training may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but Vickie Simos' program offers a unique approach that can help individuals with autism and ASD break down barriers and achieve personal growth. Vickie will share her experiences, the benefits of martial arts for individuals with autism and ASD, and how her program is changing lives. Vickie's program provides a safe and supportive environment where individuals with autism and ASD can learn martial arts. She understands the struggles that families face, and her program is designed to offer structured routines that help individuals develop a sense of predictability and control. Through martial arts, individuals can improve their focus, discipline, self-esteem, and social skills, which can be transformative for their overall well-being. She modifies techniques and routines to meet the specific needs of each individual. Moreover, she works closely with families and caregivers to ensure that the program is effective and safe for everyone involved.We hope that this conversation with Vickie Simos has shed some light on the benefits of martial arts training for individuals with autism and ASD. We know that being a parent of a child with autism can be challenging, but we want to assure you that there are resources and programs that can help your child develop skills and thrive. We encourage you to learn more about Vickie's program and other autism advocacy organizations in your community.  Thank you for tuning in, and we wish you all the best on your parenting journey. #autismawareness #autismparenting #martialartsforautism #autismsupport #autismresources Learn more the showLearn more at
4/23/202331 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode #125 Find meaning in your story by unanchoring from the past; incredible conversation with Professor Debbie Haski-Leventhal, Macquarie Business School

Professor Debbie Haski-Leventhal is a leading expert in helping people create meaningful lives. Her new book, "Make it Meaningful," is a must-read for anyone feeling anchored to their past and searching for a way forward. Part memoir and part self-help guide, the book outlines the 7 enablers to finding meaning in your life.Debbie's passion for helping people find meaning is evident in her TEDx talk on the impact of volunteering, prosocial behaviour, and corporate social responsibility. She emphasizes the importance of purpose-driven organisations and describes how people's eyes light up when they work for a cause they believe in.One of the key takeaways from Debbie's book is the importance of connectiveness. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the dangers of isolation and the limitations of social media as a way of truly connecting with others. Debbie stresses the importance of walking alongside others and listening to their stories.Another important takeaway is the need to pull up the anchor of the past. Debbie shares her own struggles with parenting and how she had to overcome the destructive patterns from her childhood. She emphasises the need to recognise our mental models of parenting and to build new ways of parenting when under stress.Debbie also highlights the importance of optimism in finding meaning and purpose. She recognizes that optimism is not always easy, but it is necessary for climate activism and for believing in a better future. She urges readers to focus on the positive and to work towards a brighter tomorrow.If you are struggling to find meaning or purpose in your life, Professor Debbie Haski-Leventhal's book is a must-read. Learn how to pull up the anchors of your past and use your story to turn trauma into triumph. the showLearn more at
4/17/202355 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode #124. How parenting shapes a child's brain and start in life. Dr Catherine Lebel, Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Imaging.

Parent-Child Brain Connection for Life.Dr Catherine Lebel is an Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Calgary and a Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Imaging. She leads the Child Brain & Mental Health Program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute and is a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute.  Dr. Lebel received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Alberta and completed postdoctoral training in Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research uses MRI to study how brain structure and function change with age in typical children and those with neurodevelopmental disorders, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and learning disabilities. She also examines how brain structure and function are related to cognitive, behavioural and environmental factors, including the prenatal environment. This is an important episode showing how prenatal exposure to alcohol changes the fetal brain and its connections to different parts of the brain. Parents/carers are the single most important neuroplasticity opportunity for healthy brain development in their children.Learn all about Parent-Child Connections in the Brain.The amygdala is a small structure that sort of looks like an almond. And it's deep in the brain. And we have one on each side, one in each hemisphere. And it's involved in a lot of different things. But of primary interest here and in a lot of studies is its role in emotion processing, particularly fear and anxiety. So the amygdala has been implicated in a lot of mental health problems and behaviour problems in children. And in this study,  we've looked at the amygdala in children and how it's related to prenatal depression in their mothers.   So prenatal depression, of course, is a stressful experience. And it can change things like stress hormones like cortisol glucocorticoids, and these affect the foetus as well as the mum.  And so that's likely one of the mechanisms via which this maternal stress can impact child's brain development. And so what we saw in this paper is that this stress in mums, prenatally, this anxiety specifically, was related to the way the amygdala was functioning with other parts of the brains in the kids. So we use a technique called functional connectivity, where we look at how different parts of the brain are sort of functioning together, or how their signals over time are correlated, and how they look similar. And so we saw that this anxiety related to this functional connectivity between the amygdala and some other areas of the brain. Their team saw connections were sort of in the post central area of the brain, this is the kind of top and a little bit back part of the brain. And it's involved in a variety of functions really. Among them are things like, like movement. So it's kind of interesting that it showed relationships with the amygdala as well. But one of the important reasons to look at this is because we know these kids are at heightened risk of having anxiety problems themselves later in life. So I think we believe that these brain changes are a potential mechanism. So the moms' anxiety and pregnancy affect the growing brain, which kind of might predispose these kids to anxiety difficulties themselves.Prenatal stress, in the form of either anxiety or depression, is affecting pretty similar parts of the child, an infant's brain, these specifically are emotion areas, the limbic system, we call it, which includes the amygdala, includes parts of the prefrontal cortex, and it includes connections between them.  The role of the partner influences the symptoms in the mum, but also how it can influence kid's brains. It is pretty well known that partner support or any kind of sociSupport the showLearn more at
4/10/202345 minutes, 49 seconds
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Episode #123. The Empty Cradle: Unplanned Childlessness with Sarah Roberts, Founder and Counsellor.

Sarah Roberts welcomes you to come and sit by the fire and tell your precious story. She founded the Empty Cradle as a grief counsellor to help others find opportunity from unplanned childlessness. In this episode, we will explore the journey of Sarah Roberts, who transformed her grief of unplanned childlessness into an opportunity to help others.The desire to have a child is a natural and common aspiration for many people. However, sometimes life does not turn out as planned, and some individuals find themselves unable to conceive or carry a child to term. This experience is known as unplanned childlessness and can evoke profound grief and loss.Sarah had always assumed that having children would be part of her life, but infertility issues derailed that dream and she tried for 10 years to conceive. She was devastated by the loss and the realization for a time.There is a narrow fertility window, with peak fertility being 24 years old. After the age of 30, the chances of conceiving a child decrease by 50% significantly.Sarah's experience is not uncommon. Many more individuals are now facing the challenge of unplanned childlessness. The grief and loss associated with these experiences can be intense, leading to feelings of isolation, despair, and shame.However, Sarah's journey shows that there can be an opportunity for growth and transformation in the face of adversity. She decided to channel her energy and emotions into helping others who were going through similar struggles. She started a support group for individuals experiencing infertility and unplanned childlessness, which provided a safe and nurturing space for people to share their stories, feelings, and experiences.Sarah's journey highlights the importance of community and support in times of crisis. It also underscores the power of resilience and courage in the face of loss and adversity. Her story is a testament to the human capacity for healing, growth, and transformation.It is worth noting that while the fertility window is a reality, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to family planning.  Sarah Roberts' story is an example of how one person turned her pain into a source of healing and support for others. The fertility window is a real consideration, as we navigate a world where there is a large rise in unplanned childlessness.Link here to learn more about Sarah Roberts and her work. Support the showLearn more at
4/3/202353 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode #122. Power of Sweat. Physical activity is 1.5x more effective than medications and counselling for improving symptoms of depression, anxiety and distress. Dr Ben Singh, Research Fellow, UniSA.

Why don't we want to use the cheapest tool known to prevent and improve mental health disorders?Dr Ben Singh is a research fellow at the University of South Australia and recently published a paper in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, that is the most comprehensive to date, encompassing 97 reviews, 1039 trials and 128,119 participants. It shows that physical activity is 1.5x more effective than medications and counselling and is extremely beneficial for improving symptoms of depression, anxiety, and distress. "Physical activity is highly beneficial for improving symptoms of depression, anxiety and distress across a wide range of adult populations, including the general population, people with diagnosed mental health disorders and people with chronic disease. Physical activity should be a mainstay approach in the management of depression, anxiety and psychological distress"The reality, according to the World Health Organization, one in every eight people worldwide (970 million people) lives with a mental disorder. Poor mental health costs the world economy approximately $2.5 trillion each year, a cost projected to rise to $6 trillion by 2030. In Australia, an estimated one in five people (aged 16-85) have experienced a mental disorder in the past 12 months. Why is this not a public health campaign to educate about the health benefits of exercise in the community?Dr Ben Singh are calling for exercise to be a mainstay approach for managing depression as a new study shows that physical activity is 1.5 times more effective than counselling or the leading medications. They have found that all types of physical activity (PA) and exercise are beneficial, including aerobic exercises such as walking, resistance training, Pilates, and yoga. Start small, like walking around the house and standing instead of sitting. Move move move. It has been shown that 150 mins a week are optimal. Or around 30 mins a day for 5 days. "Despite the evidence for the benefits of PA, it has not been widely adopted therapeutically. Patient resistance, the difficulty of prescribing and monitoring PA in clinical settings, as well as the huge volume of largely incommensurable studies have probably impeded a wider take-up in practice" Dr Singh.It is hard to start something new, like exercising. "Physical activity is known to help improve mental health. Yet despite the evidence, it has not been widely adopted as a first-choice treatment. Our review shows that physical activity interventions can significantly reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety in all clinical populations, with some groups showing even greater signs of improvement. Higher intensity exercise had greater improvements for depression and anxiety, while longer durations had smaller effects when compared to short and mid-duration bursts. We also found that all types of physical activity and exercise were beneficial, including aerobic exercise such as walking, resistance training, Pilates, and yoga.Importantly, the research shows that it doesn't take much for exercise to make a positive change to your mental health."Dr Ben Singh has PhD in physical activity and public health and is currently a research fellow at the University of South Australia. His research focuses on evaluating the physical and mental benefits of exercise in various populations, with a background in exercise for individuals with cancer. to the paper here. the showLearn more at
3/27/202346 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode #121. The vital sign you will live longer, how well can you navigate a Figure-of-8-Walk (F8W) Test? Dr Jennifer Brach, University of Pittsburgh, School of Public Health.

Every 11 seconds, an older adult is admitted to the emergency room due to a fall, and every 19 minutes, a fall-related death occurs. We focus on what we eat, exercise, and relationships and connections.  We think about preventing cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, and dementia to have longer healthier lives. However, falling is the most prevalent and expensive issue facing people.Falls are the primary cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries in those aged 65 and over, as reported by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the previous year, 27.5% of older adults experienced a fall, and 10.2% suffered an injury related to the fall, according to data from 2018.Recent studies have shown that subtle changes in walking ability, such as slowing down or increased variability, can significantly increase the risk of falls, and mobility issues, and even lead to nursing home placement or death. However, many clinical measures of walking ability only assess straight-path walking, while daily activities in the home and community often require curved-path walking skills, such as walking around furniture or navigating street corners. By focusing on these critical aspects of walking ability, Jennifer's research offers new insights into effective strategies for fall prevention in older patients.The financial consequences of falls are also substantial, it is anticipated that this expense will rise over time, with estimates indicating it will reach $101 billion by 2030. On the move is an evidence-based fall prevention program developed by Dr Jennifer Brach that offers simple, cost-effective interventions by reducing or eliminating known risk factors, offering treatments that promote behaviour change, and leveraging community networks. In addition to physical harm, falls can also result in psychological harm such as fear of falling, which can be overwhelming and lead to physical decline, depression, and social isolation.  While the leading causes of death for people over 65 may be related to ageing, it's important to remember that many of these conditions can be prevented or managed with healthy lifestyle choices and medical treatment.In the field of fall prevention for older patients, there is a wealth of ongoing research focused on developing effective strategies to reduce the risk of falls. Jennifer's research specifically explores the complex motor skill of walking, which involves intricate interactions between brain and body systems to walk and rapidly adapt to changes in conditions and intent. Navigating everyday life environments requires creating an internal (mental) map of the environment, planning the path and executing the walk (eg, walking through a grocery store, walking to a table to be seated in a restaurant). As such, daily life walking even without objects to carry or signals to respond to is, by nature, a dual-task or even multi-task activity. Dr Brach and her team developed Figure-of-8 Walk Test (F8W), that combined curved-path walking and navigation to better test the complex walking abilities necessary for independence in daily walking activities."On the move" exercise programs where regular physical activity can help improve balance, strength, and flexibility, all of which can reduce the risk of falls. Exercise programs such as Tai Chi, yoga, and resistance training have been found to be particularly effective in older adults.Learn more about Dr Jennifer Brach's research at the Move: Group Exercise for Improved Mobility in Older Adults® the showLearn more at
3/20/202343 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode #120. Navigating Unplanned Childlessness with Stephen Shaw documentary. Birthgap, the population collapse out of view.

Navigating Unplanned Childlessness. Birthgap, the population collapse out of view.For many people, the idea of having children is deeply ingrained in their life plans. From a young age, we are taught to aspire to find a partner, settle down, and start a family. But for some, life has a different plan. Stephen Shaw joins us  to discuss unexpected findings that there is a 30 per cent increase in people becoming childless without meaning to.Most think people choose to be childless, it is certainly the case for some and medical issues for others, however, unexpected childlessness affects 80% of people that find themselves in this situation and it leads to difficult and painful realities. This number has escalated in recent decades and is one of the reasons that birth rates are falling across the industrialised World in the documentary film called Birth gap, childless world. It was featured in The New York Chelsea Film Festival and we are going to be talking all about that.Stephen J Shaw is the creator of the term "Birthgap," which is also the title of his new documentary. Through this work, Shaw explores the complex and largely unnoticed causes behind what he believes to be the most critical issue facing the Western world in the coming decades. Specifically, the documentary delves into the potential consequences of a declining birth rate coupled with an increasing number of elderly citizens living longer. In the worst-case scenario, this could lead to a total collapse of society.Shaw is a British citizen who has lived and studied on three different continents. He began his career as a computer engineer and data scientist but later turned his attention to filmmaking, producing his first film project, "Birthgap," at the age of 49. He is also the president and co-founder of Autometrics Analytics LLC, a data analytics company. Shaw holds an MBA from ISG in Paris, France, and is currently pursuing further studies at Harvard Extension School.So, how can you navigate a childless life? We explore this on an important and shocking episode of the Thriving Minds podcast. If you find yourself navigating a childless life, know that you are not alone. According to Stephen Shaw, the reasons for childlessness vary, and the emotional toll can be similar.Here are some tips to help you cope with and change the future so it is not unexpected: become aware of the fertility window and its impact on delayed childbearing. Many individuals and couples are choosing to delay having children until later in life. While this can be a conscious choice, it can also lead to unintended childlessness because fertility declines with age.Learn more here: the documentary here: the showLearn more at
3/13/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode #119. Become a HEERO™ and make lifelong relationships with Dan Martin, Founder of HEERO and Raven Bartman and Alicia Johnson

Become a HEERO™ and make lifelong relationships with Dan Martin, Founder of HEERO and Raven Bartman and Alicia Johnson  HEERO™ is a revolutionary practice approach that recognizes the importance of relationships in overall health and wellbeing. Young people with lived experience are providing tools, helping others learn about adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and other to health using networks of people. They haved changed the way people in Canada work with people in child welfare care, juvenile justice programs, or who are otherwise systems involved. HEEROTM connects people with shared lived experiences and fosters an environment where they can empower one another to reach out to their important people. A network they chose, to support them on a path they create. “Trauma or ACES are not the children’s fault and so responsibility of healing lies with all of us”  Raven Bartman, Senior Staff Peer Navigator, HEERO who overcame four generations of family in the system and helping others to do the same.Do you want to become a HEERO™  and connect with people who truly understand what you're going through? Look no further, this is a brilliant episode that we can all learn from. Thank-you HEEROs.Reach out here: the showLearn more at
3/6/20231 hour, 1 minute, 21 seconds
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Episode #118. Feeling stuck. Get to know your blind spots with Daniel Mate, Co-Author of the Myth of Normal with Dr Gabor Mate.

Are you stuck? Daniel Mate, co-author of “The Myth of Normal” calls these blind spots that we get a lot of benefit from. He asks, do you really want to change? Have you ever said that you want change in your life but still find yourself stuck in the same old habits and thought patterns? You're not alone. Daniel Mate, the co-author with his father Gabor Mate of the Myth of Normal, discusses what it was like writing this book with his father and his role in bringing it to life. He discusses that once you identify these benefits of staying stuck, you can work on letting them go and embracing the unknown. Only then can you start making the changes you say you want? Many of us have blind spots that keep us from making the changes we say we want.  Daniel asks us to be honest with ourselves. He discusses core blind spots -we say we want to see the truth, but we insist on a version of things that keeps us stuck. Parts of us are comfortable being stuck. We get to blame others, feel helpless, distract ourselves, and not face how much we care. Transformation and letting go of some part of our point of view can be scary, even if it holds out the prospect of freedom. That's because, with freedom, anything can happen. We must face the unknown and take responsibility for our choices. It's easier to stay stuck and blame others than to take a risk and make a change.The Myth of Normal by Gabor and Daniel Mate offers a new perspective on society and health. Today, we often overlook things that are harmful to our health and have become normalized. To bring these harmful things into the foreground and make people see them, Mate believes that it's essential to approach people with compassion, but also with straight talk. They invite readers to examine their perspective on society and health and see if it fits. He challenges readers to overhaul their perspective radically. Mate talks about collaborating with his father on the book. He had to learn how to approach people and court them into coming along with him to examine things from a new perspective. He also had to recognize that people are attached to their illusions and that it's difficult to let them go."The Myth of Normal" challenges readers to examine their perspective on society and health and invites them to see things from a new perspective. It encourages readers to let go of their illusions and recognize the things that are harmful to their health. Link to Daniel Mate Take a walk with Daniel Mate Support the showLearn more at
3/3/202346 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode #117. Breaking Together: The Power of Connection told through the epic story of Joey Fry, the star of the documentary film, "The Great Separation".

I recently had the pleasure of being part of a documentary film called  "The Great Separation," a powerful portrayal that explores the impact of disconnection, social media, and lost community on our lives. At the center of the film is Joey Fry, who gives an incredible performance as the lead character. Fry plays a young man struggling to navigate a world where social media and technology have become our primary means of communication. But as he begins to feel more and more isolated, leading to a wake call that begins his journey he of self-discovery that ultimately leads her back to the community he thought he had lost forever."The Great Separation" is a thought-provoking and deeply moving film that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt disconnected or alone in today's world. And with Joey Fry at the helm, it's a true tour de force that will leave you breathless.It is brain health awareness week and connection is one of the themes, this episode will inspire you, and ultimately break your heart in the best possible way.Support the showLearn more at
2/22/202329 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode #116. Join the brain health challenge and nurture your future health. Learn the three ways to participate Feb 20-24th with Dr Julie Fratantoni, Center for Brain Health.

NURTURE YOUR BEAUTIFUL BRAIN.We eat right to protect our bodies; we exercise to strengthen our hearts and muscles – it’s time to create a wellness plan for our brains.Getting started is easy! Follow the LinkBrainHealth Week is an annual five-day, interactive experience to inspire healthy-brain habits that can easily become part of our daily routine.THREE WAYS TO PARTICIPATE1.     Take simple steps to improve your brain health. During BrainHealth Week, we will text you a daily habit to try out, the science behind it, and how it can help improve brain health. Start by signing up for the BrainHealth Week Daily Text Challenge by texting BRAIN to 888-844-8991.2.     Attend events virtually or in person at Center for BrainHealth in Dallas, Texas. We have something for everyone – and it's all FREE! Whether you’re looking for fun family activities or a thought-provoking talk, we have you covered.3.     Follow us on social media to get the latest information. In this video, Julie Fratantoni, PhD, shares a definition of brain health that focuses on the brain's lifelong potential to get stronger. If you cannot participate in the #BrainHealth Awareness Week. Join the Brain Health Project at’s make brain health become everyone’s business.Support the showLearn more at
2/11/202318 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode #115 Parent/caregiver-adolescent closeness protects against addiction. Dr Pandey, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at State University of New York Downstate Health Sciences University

The phrase "it takes a village to raise a child" is often used to emphasize the importance of community and support in the upbringing of a child. It's a reminder that parenting is not just the responsibility of a single individual, but a collective effort that involves everyone in the child's life.As a parent or care-giver or adult with children, it can be challenging to balance work, household responsibilities, and taking care of our children. However, it's important to remember that children have limited understanding of the world and everything they learn comes from seeing what people around them are doing. Adults have the largest role to play in creating the environment that lead to healthy and thriving children. When a child lacks the support and guidance of a strong network, they may resort to negative coping mechanisms to try and fill the void. This could involve engaging in risky behaviours, acting out, or even vandalising property and stealing cars to feel a sense of power or control. One of these is using alcohol to medicate trauma and stress that often lead to alcohol use disorders and addiction.  Addiction can have serious negative consequences on a person's health, relationships, and overall well-being. As a caregiver, you play a crucial role in helping prevent the development of alcohol use disorders.Dr Pandey, is an  Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at State University of New York Downstate Health Sciences University that recently published a paper showing that positive parenting/ caregiving environments offers a protective effect on adolescents brain  development,  neurocognitive function, risk, and resilience for alcohol use disorder (AUD) via both genetic and socio-  environmental  factors.  Children who experience poor parenting tend to have atypical brain development and greater rates of alcohol problems. Conversely, positive parenting can be protective and critical for normative development of self- regulation, neurocognitive functioning and the neurobiological systems subserving them.Link to the paper here: take home message is that it is important to understand that everyone in the Society has a role to play, regardless of their age, gender, or social status. A parent, caregiver, police, doctor, teacher, a coach, a neighbor, a grandparent, or a friend can all have a significant impact on a child's life that protects against addiction.Research shows that adult behaviours are the most important in shaping children's behaviour and in the effective development of their brain architecture, functions, and capacity. Across several studies, exposure to childhood maltreatment and poor-quality parenting and care-giving has been correlated with global changes in brain development as well as changes in circuitries that support higher-level emotional and cognitive functioning (Bick & Nelson, 2016; Teicher et al., 2016).It is hard for one person to take care of the health of children. It's essential that the we all step up and takes an active role in the life of a child/adolescent. This can include things like volunteering at schools, mentoring, or simply lending an ear when a child needs someone to talk to.  Providing a safe and supportive environment where a child can grow and develop is crucial for their future success.Embracing the idea of "it takes a village to raise a child," we build stronger communities and create a brighter future for the next generation. Support the showLearn more at
2/7/202353 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode #114. Healing from childhood experiences (ACES). Dr Robert Anda MD. Pioneer of the ACES study. The public health crisis we turn away from. If the transmission was stopped the world is changed.

The true character of society is revealed in how it treats its children” – Nelson Mandela. Imagine knowing that the maltreatment of children and adolescents, or adverse childhood experiences (ACES) can lead to addiction and mental health disorders. The public health crisis can be diverted by learning you have the power to stop the transmission of ACES by seeing them in your life and then helping yourself and others to heal from ACES through compassion, education, and neuroplasticity. This is the groundbreaking work of Dr Robert Anda who is one of the pioneers of the adverse childhood experiences (ACES) study who joins us on episode #114 of the Thriving Minds podcast. Dr. Anda is a world reknown medical doctor for his research with Dr Vincent Felitti showing that ACES are underlying causes of medical, social, and public health problems. While working at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention they led the large-scale study to track the effects of childhood trauma on health throughout the lifespan. They called it the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study). This study fundamentally re-shaped our understanding of the underlying causes of addiction and mental health disorders.  Dr Anda discusses the ‘Aha’ moment when he saw the data collected from the ACES study demonstrating how common abuse and neglect of children and adolescents. This is something that can be stopped through knowledge and education because most parents love their children, but Society did not know any better. Now we tend to take people with ACES and make them worse. ACES are like tumbleweed that grow over the lifespan, piling adversity on adversity- from children to adults across the lifespan.  Compassion and education are powerful ways to change the point of transmission of ACES from blame and shame and fear to hope, healing and neuroplasticity. Learn how to understand the power you have to change biology of others? Please join us on this illuminating podcast that may shift your understanding of yourself and your loved ones and what we can do differently as a society.  “How do we get this information to everyone so that they can have a change moment. And, and have their own flashlight looking into the dark cave of what's around them or in their own life that they've been afraid of or didn't know enough to ask the questions. There are many things that I've learned when I saw the ACE study data, the main one is that ACES add up over time and so does the risk for all kinds of mental health disorders. We need to scale this information public health side that involves public education of professionals” Dr Robert Anda MD.Link to Dr Anda's work  Link to the ACES interface: Building Self Healing Communities the showLearn more at
2/2/20231 hour, 17 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode #113 Make every bite count. Is your food medicine or poison and how do you know? Dr Paulo Serodio, PhD Author Conflicts of interest for members of the U.S. 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

Food and diet-related chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some types of cancer pose a major public health problem. Today, more than half of adults have one or more diet-related chronic diseases.How do we know whether what we are eating is medicine or is toxic and leading to chronic diseases.  To address this question the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) was set by The U.S Federal government to provide dietary advice for the public for more than 100 years.In 1977, after years of discussion, scientific review, and debate, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, led by Senator George McGovern, released Dietary Goals for the United States. The Dietary Goals recommended:To avoid overweight, consume only as much energy as is expended; if overweight, decrease energy intake and increase energy expenditure.Increase the consumption of complex carbohydrates and “naturally occurring” sugars from about 28 percent of intake to about 48 percent of energy intake.Reduce the consumption of refined and processed sugars by about 45 percent to account for about 10 percent of total energy intake.Reduce overall fat consumption from approximately 40 percent to about 30 percent of energy intake.n 1980, the first publication of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans was released. Since then, the Dietary Guidelines have become the cornerstone of Federal food and nutrition guidance. Who sets the guidelines and do they have any conflicts of interest. This was the question asked by Dr Paulo Serodio who has a PhD in Political Economy from the University of Essex and held research positions at Northeastern University (Boston, USA), University of Oxford (Oxford, UK) and University of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).  His vast research experience is in network science, econometrics, data analysis, text analysis and machine learning. The 2020-2025 Guidelines are centred around the philosophy of  Make every bite count and it is up to the individual to make healthy food and beverage choices.The guidelines matter as they set the tone for global nutrition recommendations. From the DGA website:"The guidelines aims are on disease prevention and health promotion, the information in the Dietary Guidelines is used to develop Federal food, nutrition, and health policies and programs. It also serves as the basis for nutrition education materials designed for the public and for the nutrition education components of the USDA and HHS food programs. State and local governments, schools, the food industry, other businesses, community groups, and media also use Dietary Guidelines information to develop programs, policies, and communication for the general public. Nutrition and health professionals are encouraged to promote the Dietary Guidelines as a means of helping Americans to focus on eating a healthful diet and being physically active at each life stage. A fundamental premise of the 2020- 2025 Dietary Guidelines is that just about everyone, no matter their health status, can benefit from shifting food and beverage choices to better support healthy dietary patterns."It also is the basis for Federal nutrition education materials designed for the public and for the nutrition education components of USDA and HHS nutrition programs. State and local governments, schools, the food industry, other businesses, community groups, and media also use Dietary Guidelines information to develop programs, policies, and communication for the general public. The aim of the Dietary Guidelines is to promote health and prevent disease."Support the showLearn more at
1/26/20231 hour, 48 seconds
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Episode #112. Is Buddhism a religion? Dr Pierce Salguero, Author of Buddhish, a guide to the 20 most important Buddhist ideas for the curious and sceptical.

Is Buddhism a religion? This is the question that Dr Pierce Salguero, Professor of Asian History & Health Humanities, Program Chair for Multidisciplinary Studies, Integrative Arts, & Health Humanities, The Abington College of Pennsylvania State University asks his first-year students every year.He is an author, researcher, teacher, fan, and critic of Buddhism & Asian medicine and we discuss his new book, Buddhish, a guide to the 20 most important Buddhist ideas for the curious and sceptical. After listening to the podcast, see how you answer the question.Unlike many scholars, he pursued a longstanding interest in Asian religion and medicine as an undergraduate majoring in Anthropology and Cognitive Science and minoring in East Asian Studies at the University of Virginia. After graduating in 1996, then lived in Asia for four years — more than two years in Thailand, with extended stays in India, China, and Indonesia as well. During this time, he trained as a practitioner of Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM), and spent time learning hatha-yoga and other Asian healing modalities. He participated in extended stays at Buddhist meditation centers and monasteries in Northeast Thailand and India, including a summer as ananāgārika (white-robed monastic resident) in a Thai Forest-tradition monastery. This is a fascinating bird’s eye view into the both the practice and scholarship of Buddhism.Below is excerpted from Dr Salguero’s work: “Mindfulness: A Balanced IntroductionThe past few decades have seen the emergence of the “Mindfulness Revolution” in mainstream popular culture. Hospitals, prisons, daycare centers, college campuses … mindfulness meditation is seemingly everywhere these days. In fact, since the inception of Buddhism nearly 2500 years ago, Buddhists have understood various facets of their tradition to be sources of health and healing. But how established are the links between meditation and physical health? Why does a certain percentage of people experience psychotic breaks or other adverse mental and physical side-effects from practicing meditation? Are these the symptoms of improper practice or an unavoidable part of spiritual cultivation? Contemporary scientific literature is beginning to document a phenomenon that centuries-old Buddhist texts called “meditation sickness.” Writings from medieval China not only identify the adverse mental and physical symptoms that can arise in the course of meditation practice, but also explain why these pathologies arise and how they can be effectively treated. Might these materials contain important therapeutic information that is relevant for meditators today?This was insightful and gave so many valuable lessons about falling into religions that may lead to addictions rather than solutions to trauma and stress from a world leading expert in the scholarly study of Buddhism who had lived experience in monasteries in Thailand.  Support the showLearn more at
1/13/202346 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode #111 You cannot tame it until you name it. You are not alone with Dr Ken Duckworth MD.

Everything that remains in silence stays in silence and you feel it to heal it.Please join Dr Ken Duckworth  who discusses his journey into psychiatry started when he was a boy growing up with a dad who experienced severe bipolar disorder. His father was loving, kind and periodically quite ill, hospitalized for months at a time. Ken became a psychiatrist in part to help his father. Ken is double-board certified in adult and child/adolescent psychiatry. He serves as the Chief Medical Officer for National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI).Being alone has many bad outcomes for people. If possible, over this period of time, you can find support by reaching out to communities that understands what you are going through. There are people that are welcoming and has lived experience. We discuss his new book “You Are Not Alone: The NAMI Guide to Navigating Mental Health―With Advice from Experts and Wisdom from Real People and Families.” Book is written with authority and compassion, this is the essential resource for individuals and families seeking expert guidance on diagnosis, treatment and recovery, featuring inspiring, true stories from real people in their own words. NAMI is a very special community with an amazingly important mission. NAMI envisions a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares. It provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.Remember you are not alone and if you need to reach out over this challenging period of time in Australia the links are: wisdom of trauma facebook group organisation links are at: the showLearn more at
12/18/202242 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode #110. Awaken your wellness. You are given the gift of life today. Dr Simran Malhotra MD, what a palliative care doctor learnt about living and how she beat her breast cancer gene risk by bilateral mastectomy & total hysterectomy.

Imagine you are given the gift of life.  You may have already have it but are caught up in the business of life. You may not realise it or you may have genes hidden in your history lurking to come out at any moment that change your wellness. Self-care is not selfish but self-preservation.Dr. Simran Malhotra is a triple board-certified physician in internal medicine, hospice & palliative care, and lifestyle medicine as well as a certified health and wellness coach. On episode #110 of the Thriving minds podcast we discuss how she survived BRCA 1 previvor with a strong family history of breast & female reproductive cancers and underwent a risk reducing bilateral mastectomy & total hysterectomy in 2020 at the age of 32.  This is podcast episode is dedicated to my beautiful friend Fiona Van Der Poorten, who was not as lucky to get the gift of DNA sequencing at 26 years old to reduce her breast cancer risk and passed this year leaving behind 5 sons. In the last few hours, she posted on Facebook that the last 24 hours were the best of her life. Fiona wants you to have the best 24 hours of your life today. After learning about her own genetic risk of cancer and her professional experiences in palliative care, she founded Coach Simran MD, a platform where she works with and educates women at high risk for cancer with or without genetic mutations on the powerful impact that positive lifestyle changes can have on their quality of life and even longevity.   She describes wellness as a mindset. That food is medicine, sleep is medicine and exercise is medicine. Through her real-life experiences as a patient, family member and palliative care physician. She became passionate about empowering and guiding women, particularly those at risk for serious illness on the powerful impact that positive lifestyle changes can have on the quality of life and longevity. Making decisions and following them with committed action.  We discuss the things that matter the most for people at the end of her life. It is not what you think. Awakening wellness and trying to get lifestyle medicine into palliative care.   Website:  Wellness By Lifestyle MD | By Coach Simran MDBlog: The Highfive Blog | Wellness by Lifestyle MD ( Instagram: Lifestyle & Wellness Coach (@drsimran.malhotra) • Instagram photos and videos Facebook: Coach Simran MD | Facebook Linkedin: Simran Malhotra MD | LinkedInSupport the showLearn more at
11/26/202250 minutes, 16 seconds
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Episode #109 Becoming fearless through brain training. Belinda Neil, hostage negotiator, empowering people in conflict resolution, negotiation and crisis management skills

How do you go from being a police officer included in undercover operations, major crime and homicide investigation,  police hostage negotiation and as team Leader at both domestic and counter Terrorist level to being afraid to leaving your house?This is the untold story for many people on the front-lines  who are serving the community, protecting  and keeping us safe.  Firefighters, police officers, survivors of domestic violence and psychiatrists are just some of the groups of people prone to the condition, and a lot of it goes unnoticed and untreated.This a story of how to  survive and overcome terror and fear but how to thrive through brain training exercises with the help of expert psychiatrists and psychologists using psychiatry, psychotherapy and cerebellar exercises to not only overcome fear but to learn how to thrive beyond to become fearless.Belinda Neil wants to help others not go through the same fate she endured. To be shown a light through the darkness and despair. In her best-selling memoir ‘Under Siege’ she outlines policing experiences and the ‘lived experience’ with PTSD. Belinda Neil is an international keynote speaker, author, and former New South Wales Police Inspector.  Her 18 year career as a police officer included undercover operations, major crime and homicide investigation, and, as police hostage negotiation Team Leader at both domestic and Counter Terrorist level and one of the five Hostage Negotiation Team Leaders during the Sydney Olympics.   Belinda is a passionate advocate of the importance of prevention and early intervention , as well as the provision of effective management tools to identify and address mental health issues.  She also has a keen interest and extensive experience in the empowerment of people in the areas of Confliction Resolution, Negotiation and Crisis Management skills.Belinda is a Board member of the not for profit organisation - FearLess PTSD Australian New Zealand and an Ambassador for Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation. FearLess is now trying to get the national conversation moving around the issue, and acknowledge the whole problem to support trauma survivors and the people that care about them. Support the showLearn more at
11/14/202247 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode #108 CURED. Spontaneous healing from incurable illnesses by changing your beliefs and life. Dr Jeff Rediger MD, Harvard Medical School, Psychiatrist, Theologian, Author

Dr Jeff Rediger is a revolutionary intellectual in the field of spontaneous healing from incurable diseases. He has written the best selling book called CURED-Strengthen Your Immune System and Heal Your Life.His book describes: "When it comes to disease, who beats the odds -- and why?When it comes to spontaneous healing, skepticism abounds. Doctors are taught that "miraculous" recoveries are flukes, and as a result they don't study those cases or take them into account when treating patients.Enter Dr. Jeffrey Rediger, who has spent over 15 years studying spontaneous healing, pioneering the use of scientific tools to investigate recoveries from incurable illnesses. Dr. Rediger's research has taken him from America's top hospitals to healing centers around the world--and along the way he's uncovered insights into why some people beat the odds.In Cured, Dr. Rediger digs down to the root causes of illness, showing how to create an environment that sets the stage for healing. He reveals the patterns behind healing and lays out the physical and mental principles associated with recovery: first, we need to physically heal our diet and our immune systems. Next, we need to mentally heal our stress response and our identities.Through rigorous research, Dr. Rediger shows that much of our physical reality is created in our minds. Our perception changes our experience, even to the point of changing our physical bodies--and thus the healing of our identity may be our greatest tool to recovery.Ultimately, miracles only contradict what we know of nature at this point in time. Cured  leads the way in explaining the science behind these miracles, and provides a first-of-its-kind guidebook to both healing and preventing disease."Learn About Dr Jeff Rediger at his website Rediger, MD, MDiv, is a physician, best-selling author, and popular speaker. He is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Medical Director of McLean SE Adult Psychiatry and Community Affairs at McLean Hospital. A licensed physician and board-certified psychiatrist, he also has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. His research with remarkable individuals who have recovered from incurable illnesses has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Oz Shows, among others. He has been nominated for the National Bravewell Leadership Award, and has received numerous awards related to leadership and patient care. His best-selling book, Cured: Strengthen Your Immune System and Heal Your Life, is available at Amazon, local bookshops, and in multiple languages.Support the showLearn more at
11/5/20221 hour, 6 minutes, 22 seconds
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Episode #107 In Praise of Anxiety. How to enter the virtuous cycle of anxiety from the vicious cycle. Dr Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, Anxiety researcher & author, founder of Wise Therapeutics, psychology and neuroscience Professor.

Dr Dennis-Tiwary is in praise of anxiety. She teaches people how to sit with the bad feelings that accompany anxiety by trying to listen to what it is telling us, leverage from the knowledge to understanding to find new solutions and then let go. For example, if you wake in the middle of the night, worried about something that happened during the day. Instead of lying awake and ruminating on these thoughts until they become catastrophic. Take a deep breath, listen to what the thoughts are, sit with the feeling, and then leverage from them. What are they telling you? For example, you may have not finished a task that needs completing or ignored someone that needs your attention. Try, coming back to the present tense and let go of these thoughts and take action on what they are teaching you. Dr Dennis-Tiwary insights offer a new lens about how to think about anxiety. Imagine leveraging anxiety to find a new approach to solve the underlying problems causing the anxious feelings. From Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary website:Tracy A. Dennis-Tiwary, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology and neuroscience, Director of the Emotion Regulation Lab, and Co-Executive Director of the Center for Health Technology at Hunter College, where the mission is to connect researchers, community stakeholders, and technology innovators to bridge the healthcare gap. As Founder and CSO of Wise Therapeutics, she translates neuroscience and cognitive therapy techniques into gamified, clinically validated digital therapeutics for mental health. She has published over 100 scientific articles and delivered over 400 presentations at academic conferences and for corporate clients. She has been featured throughout the media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ABC, CBS, CNN, NPR, The Today Show, and Bloomberg Television.Future Tense: Why Anxiety is Good For You (Even Though it Feels Bad)Future Tense argues for the radical idea that anxiety is a feature of being human, not a bug. When we tap into our anxiety instead of attack it like an illness, we realize that human anxiety evolved to not only be protective, but to build our creative capacity to be productive. Anxiety achieves this by making us into time travelers, propelling us into future thinking, where we are smarter, more focused, and more hopeful in the face of challenge.This book details how – and why – we should adopt a new mindset about anxiety – a fresh set of beliefs and insights that allow us to use anxiety as information so we can leverage it rather than be overwhelmed by it. I share real-world examples and stories combined with the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, genetics, biology, and sociology. This book celebrates the lives of people who are using anxiety to their advantage and with the goal of making the world a better place. The best solutions in the world won’t stick if our view of anxiety unintentionally accelerates it. Support the showLearn more at
10/31/202252 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode #106 Can we turn back the clock on ageing? Is it possible to live a better quality of life now and in the future? Michael Morgan, Longevity Expert and author and Host of the Longevity Summit

The words of Einstein stir our hearts, ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result’ He has worked towards working out different ways to grow older in life and navigate debilitating conditions.Can we turn back the clock on the aging process?  Can research on longevity help us combat the ‘diseases of aging'? Is it possible to live a better quality of life now and in the future?  Michael Morgan helps us change our minds about ageing.We examine these and other questions with Michael Morgan, hosting the Longevity World Summit on November 9-13th on-line. The summit features30+ experts and world class leaders bring a bring a variety of points of view on Longevity-what are the determinants of aging, how is aging accelerated or slowed, and what are the ramifications for all of us in the future.  Michael Morgan LMT, CST-D is a leader in the neurophysiology of transformation-using mind body processes to change the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical states of an individual to attain a state of inner being and growth toward enlightenment.He has been an instructor of CranioSacral Therapy for the Upledger Institute for over 12 years, and been involved in mind body work over two decades. He has taught this technique extensively in the US and Internationally over this period of time.Most recently, he has pioneered and coordinated research in the application of Craniosacral Therapy to Dementia and Alzeimer’s disease, and was instrumental in publishing research in the American Journal of Gerertolocical Nursing, as well as ongoing research in this area. He is developing two classes for therapists and laypersons entitled CranioSacral Therapy and Longevity- applications for the treatment of Dementia and Alzheimer’s and CranioSacral Therapy and Longevity- Reversal of the Aging Process-for advanced practioners of CranioSacral Therapy (CST).In addition, Michael has worked in the area of Pediatrics and Child development, supporting children and parents with Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and related dysfunctions. He has also been instrumental in pioneering regional programs where a number of therapists (multihands therapy) come together for 3-5 days to treat patients in an intensive program format.Michael earned a BA degree in Physics and Philosophy from UC Berkeley and an MA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Maharishi International University in Fairfield Iowa. He has studied extensively with the Upledger Institute over the past 20 years in the application of CST in a variety of settings. His vision is to apply a lifetime of knowledge in support of causing individual, economic, social, and global change. Learn about Michael Morgan here: about the Longevity Summit here: the showLearn more at
10/24/202252 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode #105. Dreamer, Believer and Achiever. All about mindset and cold immersion with David C. Lee

Imagine knowing there are steps you can take to overcome major impacts on the brain from being on the front-lines of police, military, healthcare worker, tow truck driving and many other first responder positions.David C. Lee is a coach, author, entrepreneur and speaker who has honed his skills as a operator, motivator, mentor and coach in a thirty year career in business, police, military  and paramilitary organisations. He has built & managed million dollar businesses, has had his feet on the ground in many many high risk situations and has helped countless people move through their own fears and doubts. David has worked with numerous organisations and individuals and drills down to the core issues of what holds an organisation or individual back. He has been to some of the most darkest and scariest places both physically and emotionally and uses those experiences to help his many clients.    David is no stranger to adversity and his comeback story is one of true inspiration. David lost one of his closest friends & work colleagues in a firefight during his service & also lost two other friends in a similar way.Decorated on several occasions during his service, David was diagnosed with Chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to the cumulative trauma from his service in 2010.In 2012 he was disengaged from the services with numerous doctors diagnosing David’s Chronic PTSD and found that “the likelihood of him returning to any form of meaningful employment unlikely and sadly, his prognosis is very guarded in that he is likely to remain a man continually troubled by the aftermath of his trauma exposure for many years to come”.  David then set about rebuilding his life using many of the strategies he now teaches.  David’s physical and mental suffering were a journey of self discovery and he has come though a much stronger and better man.He started the Dreamers, Believers and Achievers podcast to help others.Learn more about David at the showLearn more at
10/18/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode #104. Have you ever questioned what you believe, made a change and something new unfolded? Learn from our remarkable guests what happened in their lives when they changed their beliefs.

Sarrah Le Marquand describes the power of telling people’s stories about people’s courage to get stronger despite setbacks, grief, trauma and loss.  From losing her mother at age of 17 to leading Editor in Chief of Body and Soul and Stellar and many other journalistic feats. “Hoping someone will connect and be inspired by your story”. Kurt Fearnley, Sharing his cheat codes to thriving. It is all about community and helping others. He asks: who are you? Hope to continue to change to be better. Idea that when things fall apart, we do things to help people. Learning to thrive through chaos. Being accepted as you are.Professor Debbie Haskie-Leventhal. Changing her whole belief system at the age of 18. Escaping the Kabalah Center and Cults to becoming Professor and author of meaningfulness. Jeremy Indika. Breaking the silence about child sexual abuse by giving victims tools and platforms “something to say” to change our understanding about the threat posed from keeping everything in silence.Alice Betts. Changing our belief about what it takes to become fearless to believe in courageous selves so we can do what we love. Learning 3 languages at 21 and being PR manager for famous brands like Acne Studio and Prada. Eleanor Carey. Changing our understanding of what adventure us through having micro-adventures. Small steps to bravery leading from being a physiotherapist to cycling across Europe and rowing across the Pacific. Her message everyone has some “extraordinary” waiting to be unleashed. Ken Loftus. Changing our belief about suicide and the steps we need to help prevent it through the Sunlight Centre. He has a remarkable gift of understanding our evolutionary nature and desire to be the leader of our tribe and wanting to fit in leads to bullying and loneliness.  Showing us how to listen so people are heard. Guy MacGillivray. Changing his belief about how to stop using sugar to medicate stress. He learnt to use his morning routine to reduce stress and exercise.  Sakurako Kobayashi. Changing our understanding of how our immune system works to make new treatments for cancer. Breaking her discoveries using zebrafish models at the University of Melbourne and the Peter Mac Centre. Support the showLearn more at
10/17/20222 hours, 11 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode #103 Carrot Smile and Kale Scowl. Seeing the faces changing of a foetuses for the first time using 4D ultrasound with Professor Nadja Reissland and Professor Jackie Blissett

Professor Nadja Reissland and Professor Jackie Blissett are experts in how mother’s eating changes the faces of foetuses. They are researching and building technology to allow us to see the changes in the facial expressions in utero in response to food, maternal depression on infant cognitive, emotional and social development. Professor Nadja Reissland is in the Department of Psychology at Durham University her research interests are in early mother-infant interaction starting prenatally from 12 weeks of gestational age. Her expertise is on the effect of maternal stress and depression on infant cognitive, emotional and social development. Jackie Blissett is a Professor of Psychology, in the College of Health and Life Sciences at Aston Institute of Health and Neurodevelopment. She has been working in the field of children’s eating behaviour for over twenty years. In that time much of my research has focussed on the biological, affective and cognitive factors of parents and their children which influence parent-child interaction, particularly in the context of feeding and eating problems. I have a particular interest in children’s fussy eating including poor fruit and vegetable acceptance, emotional eating, and obesity. the showLearn more at
10/12/202247 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode #102. How our diet changes our mind and what to do about it? Excerpts from experts and the most downloaded episodes.

Episodes on food are the most downloaded. We have put together parts of the episodes that are compelling listening with ideas to consider.  On the Healthyish podcast  Felicity and I discuss sugar addiction and what to do about it.Dr James Muecke, Lieutenant Governor, South Australia discusses diabetes and the impact of sugar.Dr. Robert Lustig is Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Lustig has become a leading public health authority on processed food has on fueling the diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome epidemics, and on addressing changes in the food environment to reverse these chronic diseases.a pioneer and advocate, author of "Fat Chance" and "Metabolical". Maria Bernard, Director of Promoter and Associate Registered Nutritionist working with Pacific Communities. We discuss techniques for becoming more aware of how much sugar is contained in foods and beverages.Support the showLearn more at
9/29/202255 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode #101. The gifts from dementia. A revolutionary approach to care with Judy Cornish. Using mindlessness and intuitive thinking.

Imagine knowing that if you get dementia everyone around you knows how to take care of you. This is gift from dementia and care with dignity. Did you know the Inuit see dementia as a gift. Judy Cornish does as well. Judy is asking us to become more human. People in Idaho have been gifted the intuitive talents of Judy Cornish, an attorney turned dementia care revolutionary. She created the Dawn method that allows people to have dementia with dignity. She worked out how to see past dementia and provide the best care possible for people with dementia.  This is one of the beautiful conversations with a human that I love. Judy Cornish is talented in her understanding of people. She calls this intuitive versus rational thinking skills. Not only has she developed a method but has trained many caretakers in how to understand what is going on inside the mind of someone with dementia. She's the author and founder of dementia and Alzheimer's wellbeing network and creator of the Dawn method of dementia care, and a retired elder care lawyer attorney.The two gifts are intuitive thinking and mindlessness. Because we value rational cognitive skills and ignore intuitive thinking we lose sight of how to communicate with people that are losing their rational thinking skills and memory skills.  Judy sees one the gift is being able to use your intuitive thinking skills, which are your inductive, just receiving of information from the five senses and this is what enables you to experience the present, which is the main purpose of becoming more mindful, and to enjoy the present.  This is what Judy Cornish uncovered taking care of her friends who are experiencing dementia are so good at.  Judy discusses the value of mindlessness, when people are losing their ability to use rational thinking or memory skills, then they rely on the tools of mindlessness to function at a higher level. And that would be automatic thinking scripts and muscle memory. Judy discovered that when our companions, friends or loved ones, or client are experiencing dementia, they are inviting us to turn it all off and come live in the present. Enjoy beauty and companionship. She says: “It exists here in the present, everything that is possibly beautiful to me and of course that's ever so personal, be music, you know, one type of music might bring tears to my eyes of joy and it might bring tears of pain to yours. It's very personal colour, nature, thing, the smells, all of that is beauty. And all of that is available here in the present. So Oh, when the Inuit talk about the gift, I think it truly is” Please enjoy this podcast from a beautiful and fabulous Judy Cornish that made me believe that we are good people.You can find Judy and her method at the following link. her website:"The DAWN Method® is a kind, strength-based, person-centered approach to caring for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. In this article we will cover what dementia is and who it affects, the stages of dementia, and then we will introduce the DAWN Method of strength-based, person-centered dementia care. Our goal is to help you understand dementia as well as give you an introduction to a method of dementia care that will decrease stress for caregivers as well as for those experiencing dementia.""Judy Cornish is an author, founder of the Dementia & Alzheimer’s Wellbeing Network (DAWN®), creator of the DAWN Method® of dementia care, and a retired elder law attorney. Her two books (The Dementia Handbook and Support the showLearn more at
9/23/202253 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode #100. So excited to celebrate 100 episodes today, a compilation of the best of brain health and fitness minds, the "accidental futurists"

Today we are celebrating 100 episodes of the Thriving minds podcast.It is being listened to in 99 countries, and 2,251 cities.The program being produced in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and is across cities in Australia, cities in Canada, France, Norway, Ireland, USA, Serbia, Israel, Balearic Islands, Majorca, Spain to name a few. There are 4 main themes that have arisen from examining the data on what people like to listen to.Theme 1.   Episode 100. The accidental futurists bringing the brain health revolution to the people.Learn how to tap into the secrets of thriving, health, resilience and grit based in neuroscience from the accidental futurists and how we stumbled into brain health and fitness.Theme 2.  Episode 102.  Food and mood and its effects on brain health. There was an overwhelming interest in how sugar and processed food and stress wire the brain and what we can do about it.Hope you enjoy a compilation from the Accidental Futurists who are putting the brain health and fitness revolution in motion.To keep the Thriving Minds podcast free of ads and sponsors. Please support the podcast using Patreon. It is greatly appreciated. the showLearn more at
9/16/20221 hour, 33 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode #99. Are you a leaver or a finisher? How to stop using sugar to medicate stress by changing the morning routine, exercise and jumping in the ocean with a local hero Guy MacGillivray, psychologist, and social worker.

Guy MacGillivray he is a psychologist and social worker in Port Lincoln that discovered he was using sugar to medicate the stress in his life.He decided to change this.He started to reduce his sugar intake and noticed he started to lose weight. He changed his morning routine, thought about 3 things he is grateful for, that included his family, friends and meditative prayer. He decided to start the day in a good direction and noticed what happened when he went back to his old routine. He asks: "Are you a leaver or a finisher?  Can you stop at one scoop of ice-cream or do you finish the tub of ice-cream.Guy is a finisher and the only way he could do this was by completing removing sugar from his diet. He wants everyone to know that you can do this too.He is a father of 3 young boys and has a highly important and admirable career, supporting people living with disability and their families in the Port Lincoln region to overcome barriers and the daily challenges of life. “The main aim is to work with kids, young people and adults living with disability, along with their families and carers, to overcome some of the barriers and challenges they have, including transition to school, or finding housing, or employment issues,” said Guy.“I also support families to work their way through the NDIS and remove some of the barriers that make it difficult for people living with disability to achieve the best possible outcome through their NDIS plan.”Thank you Guy and your team for making a difference in Port Lincoln for our most vulnerable. We are very appreciative. Support the showLearn more at
9/3/202248 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode #98. Living long, well and healthy. 4 Key Factors People 100 Years & Older Share – With Dr Mario Martinez.

People  who live to be 100 (and beyond!) have four factors in common that…Seems to have nothing to do with their:·      Genetic makeup·      Family history·      Lifestyle choices·      Diet·      Environment·      Socioeconomic statusIn fact, according to clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Mario Martinez, your genes have only a 20 percent impact on your health and longevity.The rest is attributed to what you hold in your consciousness — how you view yourself and the experience of aging.1. Relationship to Time2. Self-Love3. Healthy Ageing4. MeaningDr Mario Martinez is a clinical neuropsychologist and proponent of cultural psychoneuroimmunology and is an expert in healthy longevity.  Dr. Mario E. Martinez primarily focusing on how biological age can be reversed without medication, looking at epigenetic markers such as environment and cultural beliefs affecting gene expression of health or illness. He specializes in how cultural and transcendental beliefs affect health and longevity. A world expert in this field of anti-aging, he teaches centenarian consciousness.He developed a theory of  biocognition to suggest how cognition and biology coemerge with their cultural history in a bioinformational field that seeks maximum contextual relevance. Academic science continues to divide mind and body as well as ignore the influence cultural contexts have on the process of health, illness and aging. For example, cultures that support growing older as a positive development associated with increased wisdom and abilities have higher numbers of centenarians living healthier lives than cultures that view aging as a process of inevitable deterioration. This concept of developmental biocognition, assumes that our cognition and our biology are dynamically interwoven with our cultural history and cannot be reduced to their components.Learn more at: the showLearn more at
8/23/202241 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode #97. Make your brain smarter and faster with brain training. Dr Susanne Jaeggi, world expert, citizen science project. Come join in!

We are joined by Susanne M. Jaeggi, Ph.D discusses how working memory is an essential system that underlies the performance of virtually all complex cognitive activities. People differ in terms of how much information they can hold in working memory, and also, how easily they can hold that information in the face of distraction. These individual differences are related to the fact that the functioning of the working memory system is highly predictive of scholastic achievement and educational success, and in general, working memory capacity is crucial for our general ability to acquire knowledge and learn new skills. Given the relevance of working memory to daily life and educational settings, the mission of my research program lies in the development of working memory interventions with the aim that that participants not only improve their working memory skills, but also general skills that go beyond the trained domain. By means of behavioral and neuroimaging methods, I seek to understand the underlying cognitive and neural mechanisms that drive training-related changes.Besides research on training and transfer, my lab also investigates individual differences in working memory capacity and executive control, as well as the nature of working memory limitations across the lifespan."To overcome these limitations, our team is currently leveraging the power of citizen science. Similar to a large-scale study in the United Kingdom (Brain Test Britain, promoted by Cambridge University and the BBC), we are seeking to recruit thousands of participants to help us uncover the potential merits of memory training. But unlike Brain Test Britain’s simple question of whether brain training works, we are looking to engage the U.S. population in a new challenge to test why and for whom brain training works, and under which conditions.To accomplish our goal, we have launched a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health that aims to recruit 30,000 volunteers to participate in a memory training study that compares multiple approaches to train working memory. The study will use a common set of assessment measures to evaluate potential training gains, and it will focus on individual differences. Anyone older than 18 can join our study and help generate the data required to change the debate and move forward with a new paradigm of precision brain training. If you might be interested in joining our trial, go to the registration site at the University of California, Riverside" M. Jaeggi, Ph.D.Principal [email protected] Jaeggi  (read: /ˈyakee/) grew up in a tiny village 5,407 ft above sea level in the mountains of Switzerland. She found her way down to Bern, where she completed her Ph.D.s in Psychology and Neuroscience. She later moved to Ann Arbor to expand her horizon as a Post-Doc at the University of Michigan, before joining the Department of Psychology and the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) at the University of Maryland as an Assistant Professor.  She is now a Professor at the UCI School of Education where she directs the Working Memory and Plasticity Laboratory. She also has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Cognitive Sciences, and is a Fellow at the UCI Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. AsSupport the showLearn more at
8/10/202245 minutes, 1 second
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Episode #96. Francesca and Randall's Wish to Seek Justice for Patients and Relatives of Wolston Park. Dr Kerry Carrington, Professor of Justice.

Kerry and I have more in common than we realised. Our siblings, Francesca and Randall, were both made ward of the state at Wolston Park in 1970's and 1980's.  This interview is for them. Their wish is that others do not suffer the same fate.  Kerry Lyn Carrington FASSA (born 1962) is an Australian criminologist, and an adjunct professor at the School of Law and Society at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). She formerly served as head of the QUT School of Justice for 11 years from 2009 to 2021. She was editor-in-chief of the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy. She is known for her work on gender and violence, feminist criminology, southern criminology, youth justice and girls' violence, and global justice and human rights.[1]Carrington earned her PhD in sociology at Macquarie University[2] in 1985. She received the Distinguished Scholar Award of the American Society of Criminology in 2014. Her publication Resource Boom Underbelly: The criminological impact of mining won the 2012 Allen Austin Bartholomew Award. She co-edited the Palgrave Handbook in Criminology and the Global South (2018).Support the showLearn more at
7/18/202237 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode #95. Something to Say to Break the Silence about Child Abuse with Jeremy Indika

Jeremy is using film, animation, and photography to break the silence about child abuse.He is helping break the unspeakable. How does someone that was about to become the mechanical engineer designing aircraft and then supercars. He was going to work on a Formula One team. He worked at McLaren team. Things started to change, and he noticed more about his childhood. His story is not an outlier story. People don’t know why things in their life start to change. It is confusing for people that are not involved in trauma and child abuse. It takes about 20 years until they say something. He first spoke about it when he was 27 yrs old and his abuse happened between the ages of 8-10 years old. They said when something horrific happens when you are a child you have no chance or capacity to understand- you put it in a box until you can remember it. Then it opens and you start to be able to process the memories. Jeremy decided to change his purpose when an 80-year-old woman told him she never spoke about her trauma and abuse and held her back as speaking out was not possible and that she would go to the grave with the hurt. This is the moment he started to speak out.  He started speaking out to close friends and started researching it and discovered that their thousands of people in chat rooms discussing the same hurt. He started talking about his story.  This is not a story about violence. His message is to speak more about sex and the realisation that grooming and coercive control are built up over time and it is often by someone the child knows. It is slow and gradual process; the child feels like they are in a relationship.www.jeremyindika.comSupport the showLearn more at
7/5/202249 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode #94 How are you using your brain? Dr Julie Fratantoni, Center for Brain Health at University of Texas, Dallas.

Have you wondered what your brain's potential can be?  Imagine working out the brain health of the globe.Dr Julie Fratantoni, Center for Brain Health at University of Texas, Dallas is the Head of Operations, for the Brain Health Project, a 10-year longitudinal study to help people see the potential of the brain. They have developed a brain health index. Cognitive, social interactions, well-being and daily life. Study has already identified 3 important factors for brain health.ClarityConnectednessEmotional balance. Everything is bi-directional. Social connectedness- if you have few social connections, then this affects brain health. You against you. How can you be better tomorrow? Questions for the brain health project are to define, measure, and maintain and improve brain health across the life span.During her clinical fellowship, she discovered brain health through cognitive training and understanding the potential of neuroplasticity. It is the functional changes that shocked her.More efficientLess stressedMore calmGreater ability of showing up to achieveIt is a generation shift with access to new information and understanding about how the brain works. How is brain health viewed by the general public? We have established a new category of health. Rather than just mental health and problems. People are not worried about their brain. When young, wait until they are older. We often assume your brain is there for you. We only notice when things go wrong.  The pandemic has opened the window to see that the brain is not always there for us.  The brain health project is about teaching cognitive strategies, here are some questions to ask yourself?Within day to day- how can you shift the way you are taking in information. Homing in on the executive functions. The frontal lobe- organisation, planning, judgement, saying no to yourself, innovation and creativity, perspective taking. Skills that can be taught and strengthened. How am I going to approach the situation and what is my mental energy reserves. Learn more Support the showLearn more at
6/28/202249 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode #93 Breaking free from gurus, cults and self-help books by finding meaningfulness in life. Professor Debbie Haski-Leventhal

Professor Debbie Haski-Leventhal understands resilience. Her personal story of  growing up in an ultra-orthodox Jewish family but became secular at the age of 19. Her family were some of the first families into the Kabbalah centre, decades before Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow made it famous. She watched first hand, how power and money change people from their original intentions of doing good. Her story talks about child abuse, emotional abuse. This is not just a story about religious cults. This is about all cults, gurus that abound themselves on people's suffering. We talk about how to know if you are in a cult, whether it is a workplace, political party, self help gurus and anyone that denies you access to "special knowledge" that makes you feel less. We discuss how she overcame 18 years of brain washing to restart her life. Her latest book is called "Meaningfulness" and gives the tools to work your way back to find purpose in life beyond cults and anything that reduces your ability to question or flourish.After leaving the Kabbalah Center she moved to Jerusalem to study philosophy at the Hebrew University where she also studied a Master’s in Management of not-for-profits and a PhD. She migrated to Sydney, Australia in 2008, worked at the Centre for Social Impact and in 2011 moved to Macquarie University.Debbie Haski-Leventhal was born in Tel-Aviv.You can view her TED talk here. She has written the following books.  Haski-Leventhal, D. (2020). The Purpose Driven University. London: Emerald Publishing.Haski-Leventhal, D., Roza, L., & Brammer, S. (2020). CSR and Employee Engagement. Edited book. London: SAGE Publications.Haski-Leventhal, D. (2018). Strategic corporate social responsibility: tools & theories for responsible management. London: SAGE Publications.Support the showLearn more at
6/20/202257 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode #92. Make your Brain SMARTER with Dr Sandra Chapman. Founder of the Centre for Brain Health, UT Dallas

Making brain health everyone's business with Dr. Sandi Chapman is one of the nation’s preeminent cognitive neuroscientists furthering our understanding of what makes the brain stronger, faster and last longer. She is committed to enhancing human cognitive capacity and the underlying brain systems across the lifespan. She is committed to democratizing access to brain health strategies and tools to achieve for brain health what has been done for heart health in individuals ages 10 – 100 from all walks of life around the globe. Her work is transforming how we care for our brain before something goes wrong, removing stigma, and elevating brain health with scientifically validated measurements, interventions and practices.In her book Make Your Brain Smarter, renowned cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman introduces you to the very latest research in brain science and shows you how to tailor a program to strengthen your brain’s capacity to think smarter. In this all-inclusive book, Dr. Chapman delivers a comprehensive “fitness” plan that you can use to “exercise” your way to a healthier brain. You will find strategies to reduce stress and anxiety, increase productivity, enhance decision-making, and strengthen how your brain works at every age. You will discover why memory is not the most important measure of brain capacity, why IQ is a misleading index of brain potential, and why innovative thinking energizes your brain. Make Your Brain Smarter is the ultimate guide for keeping your brain fit during each decade of your life.She collaborates with researchers and leaders around the world to advance the science of brain health, melding expertise in cognitive neuroscience, brain plasticity, brain imaging, medicine and neuroengineering.With more than 50 funded research grants and 200+ peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Chapman directs clinical trials to develop, test and apply novel and multidimensional approaches to build cognitive capacity and well-being, improve life function and enhance supporting brain systems.She leads major international efforts to deliver the first-of-its-kind BrainHealth® Index – a composite measure of brain health – to motivate improvement in three broad domains: clarity, resilience, and fortitude. the showLearn more at
6/13/202248 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode #91 Prescription mindfulness, how much is enough and too much with Dr Sarah Strohmaier, Mindfulness researcher, UK

Prescription mindfulness, how much is enough , how much is too much with Dr Sarah Strohmaier, Mindfulness researcher, UK A short time of mindfulness, 5 mins, over 2 weeks compared to a longer-term, 20 mins over 2 weeks is more effective for people that have not practiced mindfulness before. Understanding- think about running a marathon, would not expect to run a marathon on the first day. Start small and pay attention to the breath.Sarah’s Twitter profile:’s page at Canterbury Christ Church University:’s paper on the effect of mindfulness practice length:’s Twitter profile:’s page at Canterbury Christ Church University:’s paper on the effect of mindfulness practice length: Publications and research outputsStrohmaier, S., Jones, F., & Cane, J. (2022). One-session mindfulness of the breath meditation practice: A randomized controlled study of the effects on state hope and state gratitude in the general population. Mindfulness, X, X-XX., S., Jones, F.W. & Cane, J.E. (2021). Effects of Length of Mindfulness Practice on Mindfulness, Depression, Anxiety, and Stress: a Randomized Controlled Experiment. Mindfulness 12 (1), 198-214., S., Jones, F. W., & Cane, J. E. (2020). Effects of length of mindfulness practice on mindfulness, depression, anxiety and stress: a randomized controlled experiment. Mindfulness, 12 (1), 198–214., S., Homans, K.M., Hulbert, S., Crutch, S.J., Brotherhood, E.V., Harding, E., & Camic, PM. (2021). Arts-based interventions for people living with dementia: Measuring ‘in the moment’ wellbeing with the Canterbury Wellbeing Scales. Wellcome Open Research, 6 (59),, A. & Strohmaier, S. (2020). Trauma Recovery Core Capabilities for the Children’s Workforce in the United Kingdom: A Q-Methodology Study. Journal of Family Trauma, Child Custody & Child Development. the showLearn more at
6/6/202245 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode #90. Wim Hof ice baths are rewriting the medical textbooks. Learn the beauty of a cold shower with Dr Diwadkar, the neuroscientist that imaged Wim's brain.

Dr Diwadkar has imaged the Iceman's brain- Wim Hof. "They have shown how his brain responds during experimentally controlled whole-body cold exposure. These investigations are part of the scientists' series of seminal studies launched in 2014 on how the human brain responds to thermoregulatory challenges. The results document compelling brain processes in The Iceman and present intriguing possibilities for how his techniques might exert positive effects related to disorders of the immune system and even psychiatry.Over three days, Muzik and Diwadkar studied Hof's brain and body functions using two distinct imaging techniques -- including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study his brain and positron emission tomography (PET) to study his body. During the studies, Hof wore a specifically designed whole-body suit the researchers could infuse with temperature-controlled water while the imaging data were acquired in order to relate changes in his biology to cold exposure."The practice of the Wim Hof Method may lead to tonic changes in autonomous brain mechanisms, a speculation that has implications for managing medical conditions ranging from diseases of the immune system to more intriguingly psychiatric conditions such as mood and anxiety disorders," said Diwadkar, professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences. "We are in the process of implementing interventional studies that will evaluate these questions using behavioral and biological assessments. These possibilities are too intriguing to ignore.""Brain over body"-A study on the willful regulation of autonomic function during cold exposureOtto Muzik 1, Kaice T Reilly 2, Vaibhav A Diwadkar 3DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.01.067The defense of body temperature against environmental thermal challenges is a core objective of homeostatic regulation governed by the autonomic nervous system. Autonomous mechanisms of thermoregulation are only weakly affected by top-down modulation, allowing only transient tolerance for extreme cold. There is however, anecdotal evidence of a unique set of individuals known for extreme cold tolerance. Here we present a case study of a 57-year old Dutch national, Wim Hof, the so-called "Iceman", with the ability to withstand frequent prolonged periods of extreme cold exposure based on the practice of a self-developed technique involving a combination of forced breathing, cold exposure and meditation (collectively referred to as the Wim Hof Method, henceforth "WHM").Support the showLearn more at
5/29/202258 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode #89. Oh sugar, we need to talk. How sugar can rewire your brain - true story - and how to give it up- an addiction on the on the Healthy-ish podcast.

Learn why sugar is embedded in the food chain, is addictive and what to do about it. on the Healthy-ish podcast by Felicity Harley. She has 20 years media experience, Felicity Harley is one of the most respected editors in women's publishing. In 2017 she launched, before which she was launch editor of Women's Health magazine. During her nine year tenure, she took it to Australia's top selling women's lifestyle magazine. She has held the position of deputy editor at Cosmopolitan and features director of CLEO, and has worked across Girlfriend, WHO and also in the UK. She is also author of Balance & Other B.S. In 2012, Felicity was named one of Westpac's Australia's 100 Women Of Influence for her brainchild - the I Support Women In Sport campaign - which won recognition from the then PM Julia Gilliard plus national and international awards. For the past 12 years, she has appeared on Channel 7 - including weekly on Sunrise - and The Morning Show, Daily Edition and Seven News. She has also thrown her hand at presenting for TV shows including the Brownlow Red Carpet Special and health and wellness show, Live Well. Felicity is an established keynote speaker and panel facilitator.Support the showLearn more at
5/16/202211 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode #88. Inspiring Connections. Why we take a side, who is hot or not the beginnings of facebook. Dr Mark Williams, cognitive neuroscientist

 Dr Mark Williams who is a cognitive neuroscientist discusses his new book. The Connected Species: How the evolution of the human brain explains and offers solutions for societal challenges including racism, sexism, marginalisation, and extremism. Mark says in his book: "as a card-carrying cognitive neuroscientist, I firmly believe that understanding our brain and how it works will help us understand our behaviours and how to control them. Since I started studying the human brain some 25 odd years ago the advances and huge leaps we have made in our understanding of the brain is mind boggling. Much of this work has come about due to the development of fantastic new technologies that allow us to peek inside the skull of a human that is still living. And it is amazing how much of our brain is dedicated to connecting with others.In Summary• Group living and socialising was the catalyst to many of the great advances that wehave made.The Connected Species by Dr Mark A. Williams24• For millions of years, we have lived in groups and evolved a myriad of importantabilities to enable us to socialise.• Language, and reading and writing are very new abilities that require consciousthought.• It is our ability to collaborate and specialise that stands us apart from other speciesand has resulted in our vast number of innovationsLearn more at the showLearn more at
5/14/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode #87. Good reasons for bad feelings. A new approach to mental disorders. All about social anxiety and emotions and evolution with Dr Randolph Nesse, Psychiatrist and Professor and Founder of Evolutionary Medicine

In the podcast we discuss with Dr Randolph Nesse his foundational and pioneering work in evolutionary medicine and his work with patients. He talks with his patients and explains to them that, in many cases, their disorders are not a disease or some kind of failing, as they have been told by other practitioners, but rather a natural and inherently useful response that has “gone overboard”. Evolution makes women on average twice as prone to excessive anxiety as men for good reason. Nesse reports that patients who experience panic attacks are invariably “normalised and empowered” by such a perspective.Similarly, those who experience prolonged low mood may be, if not comforted or cured, then perhaps illuminated by the notion that their state of mind has a role to play in Darwinian terms. Nesse presents the evidence to show that the mechanisms of despair have evolved to force us to realign our goals and desires: we would never be forced to make positive choices to influence our circumstances were it not for the anger at loss in our lives or the pain of not reaching our goals.Randolph M. Nesse, MD is Research Professor of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, where he became the Founding Director of the Center for Evolution Medicine in 2014.  He was previously Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan where he led the Evolution and Human Adaptation Program and helped to establish one of the first anxiety disorders clinics.  His research on the neuroendocrinology of anxiety evolved into studies on why aging exists. Those studies led to collaboration with the evolutionary biologist George Williams on Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine, a book that initiated much new work in the field of evolutionary medicine. His research is on how selection shapes mechanisms that regulate defenses such as pain, fever, anxiety and low mood, and how social selection shaped human capacities for morality.  His larger mission is to establish evolutionary biology as a basic science for medicine.  Dr. Nesse is the Founding President of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine & Public Health, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Sciences, and an elected Fellow of the AAAS. His new book, Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry shows how asking evolutionary questions about why mental disorders exist can make psychiatry more effective. Bio for Randolph M. Nesse, M.D.Please use these links for all publicityhttp://RandolphNesse.comhttp://GoodReasons.infowww.profselenabartlett.comSupport the showLearn more at
5/7/202256 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode #86 "Boys do Cry" Trigger warning- we discuss suicide and what to do about it- prevention. Sunlight Centre opens a door to prevent suicide in our community. Ken Loftus, 20 yrs as a counsellor and Founder

Hello everyone, this is such an important and very delicate conversation with an expert. I do hope you find useful resources and compassion in this podcast.   If you are struggling and have suicidal thoughts, please know you are not alone and help is available. Please contact any one of the following organisations in Australia are listed below, at the bottom of this post."Boys do Cry"In this episode we discuss suicide and suicide prevention with an expert that has helped people for the last 20 yrs.   Suicide Helplines are listed below. If you are struggling and have suicidal thoughts, please know you are not alone and help is available. Please contact any one of the following organisations in Australia that are listed below.Shining Sunlight that opens a door to prevent suicide in our community. Ken Loftus, 20 yrs experience as a counsellor and Founder of the Sunlight Centre. Ken has been working in the Healthy Mind field for over 20 years, and moved to Brisbane 5 years ago from Ireland. Ken has worked in residential care with under 18's, suicidal crises centres and school settings, and founded the Sunlight Centre 4 years ago in South Brisbane. Ken's favourite therapy is CBT and loves Evolutionary Psychology too!More details about this important podcast can be read on my blog post. are all normal and abnormal across our lifespans"People may feel like they’re abnormal if they are told, “You have an anxiety disorder, you have a depressive disorder.” Talk with them a little bit about the fact that there are advantages to anxiety and that low moods might have meaning. It might not just be something that’s broken in you, it might be that your emotions are trying to tell you something. I think that makes many people feel less like they’re defective" .Why 75% male and 25% female suicide, we discuss the role of evolutionary psychology?Ken discusses the possibility of this arising ~50, 000 yrs ago, where the men heading the tribe had to be physically strong, for the whole tribe to survive.  Being seen as weak becomes  a problem to our very survival and being the chief of the tribe.Ken realised not enough was being done to actively help the youth and adults in suicidal distress. Ken was told stories of people who had asked for help and were told to “go to A&E”, or “Go home and go to your GP tomorrow”, and “You need a Mental Health Plan”, and knew more needed to be done. The Sunlight Centre was created in 2017 and began seeing its first client in October. As a new charity, grants and funds were hard to come by, so Ken and his team created their own fundraising events to help keep the doors open and the lights on in the Sunlight Centre. With that came unique fundraisers such as our Retro Movie Nights, and ANON, the Sunlight Centre’s annual anonymous art exhibition.During Ken’s studies obtaining his Psychology and Psychoanalysis degree, he started his work in Child Protection and mental health with residential care work. After returning from travelling, Ken worked in the ISPCC as a national supervisor for Childline, where he trained volunteers around Ireland in Active Listening skills, Children’s First and Child Protection policies and procedures.Ken moved back towards residential care work as a Social Care Team Leader, and during this time he completed his Diploma in Clinical and Therapeutic Guided Imagery and then his integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist Diploma.After working as a tutor in St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada, Ken returned to Ireland and worked as an accredited counsellor and psychotherapist in a crSupport the showLearn more at
4/30/20221 hour, 12 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode #85. Are you addicted to processed food, chicken breasts, the Western diet, what it is and what you can do about it with Dr Robert Lustig

Join us today, learn all about how the western diet is making us unhappy, unhealthy, and weak. Dr Robert Lustig is a pioneer and advocate, author of "Fat Chance" and "Metabolical". You can learn more at his website and links below.Addicted to the western diet.Dr Lustig discusses on the podcast that certain foods — “hyperpalatable foods” — particularly processed foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat can be addictive.  Food addiction is still a controversial concept in the scientific community. But researchers find strong evidence that certain foods can trigger binging, craving and withdrawal, responses that are similar to those produced by addictive substances like alcohol, cocaine and tobacco.Dr Lustig discusses that "Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for about 50% of the global disease burden and some 75% of total health-care spending. The role of processed foods in these chronic conditions is undisputed; every country that adopts the high-fat, high-sugar “Western pattern diet” is plagued by the same diseases and costs. But the big question for health professionals is whether the quantity or the quality of foods is to blame. This is an important distinction, because quantity is determined by the user, while quality is determined by the industry.Some health experts argue that specific components of processed foods – in particular, sugar – are as addictive as cocaine and heroin. For example, sugar is consistently the ingredient with the highest score on the Yale Food Addiction Scale, which measures people’s food cravings.Not everyone who is exposed to sugar becomes addicted; but, as with alcohol, many do. While refined sugar is the same compound found in fruit, it lacks fiber and has been crystallized for purity. It is this process that turns sugar from a “food” into a “drug,” allowing the food industry to “hook” unsuspecting consumers. The evidence is visible in every aisle of every grocery store, where a staggering 74% of all food items are spiked with added sugar. In fact, sugar’s allure is a big reason why the processed food industry’s current profit margin is 5% (up from 1%), and why so many of us are sick, fat, stupid, broke, depressed, and just plain miserable".Dr. Robert Lustig is Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Lustig has become a leading public health authority on the impact sugar has on fueling the diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome epidemics, and on addressing changes in the food environment to reverse these chronic diseases.In his New York Times best selling book Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processes Food, Obesity, and Disease, Robert documents both the science and the politics that have led to the current pandemic of obesity and chronic disease. In the Fat Chance Cookbook, Robert provides practical examples for applying healthy eating principles with recipes by Cindy Gershen.Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist, with basic and clinical training relative to hypothalamic development, anatomy, and function. Prior to coming to San FrSupport the showLearn more at
4/8/20221 hour, 8 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode #84. "Mind the Hype". Sharing the open secret about the side effects of mindfulness and meditation with Assoc Professor Nicholas Van Dam.

“Mind the Hype”An open secret about the side effects of mindfulness and meditationDid you know that mindfulness and meditation can cause sickness and side effects for some people? You may be shocked to read and learn about this. As all the information tends to portray that nothing can go wrong with mindfulness and meditation and every gets better. There have been about many articles published about its benefits, so much so, that sometimes people feel that they are bad for not practicing and now we are discussing how to put these programs into schools. We need to exercise caution because everyone is different. We certainly at the minimum wish to do no harm to anyone.  I was quite shocked to learn after reading a paper called “Mind the Hype” about the serious issues from too much mindfulness or that some mental health conditions, are contra-indicated. There are significant negative effects from over-achieving with meditation, in some cases, for example, at worst, psychosis, and can create worse outcomes than before the meditation practice. Today, we are joined on the Thriving Minds podcast by Associate Professor Nicholas Van Dam. Nicholas is the inaugural Director of the Contemplative Studies Centre and Associate Professor in the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne who is the author of the paper called “Mind the Hype”. His vision for the Contemplative Studies Centre reflects a desire for inclusivity, authenticity, integrity, and excellence, embedded within a rigorous ethical framework to ensure retention of the ethos of contemplative practices while simultaneously promoting their empirical study.Nicholas completed a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (USA), followed by an MA and a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University at Albany, SUNY (USA). Upon completing his PhD, Nicholas undertook post-doctoral fellowships in Psychiatry, Clinical Neuroscience and Psychiatric Neuroimaging.Nicholas's research program includes exploration of the ways that meditation and mindfulness practices can support wellbeing, as well as improved understanding and treatment of high-prevalence psychiatric disorders (i.e., anxiety, depression, substance use), and is ultimately aimed at better understanding the human condition. He focuses on finding ways to mitigate maladaptive functioning and increase adaptive functioning. He has expertise in decision-making processes in psychiatric disorders, introspection and insight of self-concept via meditation research, and combines his extensive academic expertise in contemplative practice with an interest and understanding of the complex ethical, social and systemic issues associated with the 'hype, hope and reality' of meditation and mindfulness research and practice. the showLearn more at
4/4/202256 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode #83 Sharing the cheat codes of life with Kurt Fearnley. He asks of us "Who are we?"

In this extraordinary episode with Kurt Fearnley. He asks us to think about who we are? Are you the type of person that gives blood once a month.?Are you the person that runs next door to help someone in need?Are you a paraolympian representing your country?At this extraordinary time in history, with the world order changing. What a great time to reflect on this question. Would you stay in Australia to fight if you had to? What does it mean to be Australian?All this and more in the episode that left me thinking. Who am I?www.profselenabartlett.com the showLearn more at
3/4/202243 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode #82. Escape with us to relieve some stress with Sarrah Le Marquand, Chief Editor Stellar and Body and Soul Magazine.

There is no doubt, to be human right now is not easy. It is almost impossible not to feel the shift underneath in the world order and the feeling is palpable. For us in Queensland and NSW, this is on top of catastrophic floods, and the pandemic. It is Ok to be human and feel the suffering. It is also OK, to escape for a few minutes into worlds that seem far removed from danger, clean-up, masks, and strife. This is the beauty of creating worlds for others to escape to. Join us today with Sarrah Le Marquand is the founding editor-in-chief of Stellar, the country’s most read Sunday magazine, and also editor-in-chief of Body+Soul, Australia’s leading health media brand. Sarrah is also a weekly panellist on the Today show and is a regular co-host of The Project. She has appeared on Sky News, Q&A, The Drum, Studio 10, The Morning Show, Sunrise and is a frequent guest on ABC Radio. In 2021 she was announced as the first ever ambassador for Women’s Community Shelters, an Australian charity providing crisis accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic violence. Thank you Sarrah for everything you are doing to help others have some relief.Learn more at www.profselenabartlett.comSupport the showLearn more at
2/28/20221 hour, 8 minutes
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Episode #81. The Slow Silent Killers hidden in foods and drinks and what we can do about it. Dr James Mueke AM, Lieutenant Governor South Australia, Australian of the Year 2020

Imagine knowing that there are ingredients in food and drinks that  when consumed over time are slowly and silently leading toward type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and in the worst case  blindness.  In this powerful episode with Dr James Muecke AM who is the Lieutenant Governor of South Australia  and an Adelaide-based eye surgeon we discuss how a poor diet is the leading cause of death. The startling understanding that type 2 diabetes may be preventable through changing our diet.  A pivotal moment happened for James when his patient Neil, woke up and was blind in both eyes, as a result of his type 2 diabetes.  Further still, even if you have type 2 diabetes, imagine knowing that it may be possible, in some cases, to change your diet and have remission? James is Australian of the Year for 2020 for his 32 years of humanitarian work. He is using this powerful platform to raise awareness of our poor diet, laden with sugary drinks and ultra-processed foods, which is devastating the health of Australians.  Not only is he improving awareness in Australia through his influence with government and other organisations. He and I discuss how we were both addicted to sugar and what we did to reduce it and improve our health.You can learn about what to do about reducing and removing sugar  and other carbohydrates from your diet at www.profselenabartlett.comMore about Dr James Muecke here.He graduated with Honors from Adelaide University Medical School in 1988. Following his internship at Royal Adelaide Hospital, James lived and worked as a volunteer doctor in Kenya in 1989. After completing ophthalmology training in Adelaide in 1995, James worked as an eye surgeon in Jerusalem for 12 months. James furthered his expertise with a Fellowship in Ocular Oncology at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. He returned to Adelaide in 1998 where he has been a Visiting Consultant and Senior Lecturer at Royal Adelaide Hospital (retired 2020) and Women’s & Children’s Hospital (retired 2016). James established the Ocular Oncology Units at these two centres upon his return. James has taught the diagnosis and management of eye cancer in ten countries in Asia. He founded not-for-profit organization Sight For All in 2008, turning his boundless energy into a fight against blindness in the Aboriginal and mainstream communities of Australia and many of the poorest countries of the world. Sight For All’s comprehensive and sustainable projects are now impacting on the lives of over one million people each year.His commitment to social impact and humanitarian endeavors has earnt him a number of awards including an Order of Australia in 2012, the Australian Medical Association’s President’s Leadership Award in 2013, and Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur for Australia in 2015. ·      Degree of Doctor of the University (honoris causa), University of Adelaide, 2021·      Australian of the Year, 2020.·      South Australian of the Year, 2019.·      University of Adelaide Distinguished Alumni Award, 2019·      Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Australia, Social Category), 2015·      Finalist, Pride of Australia Medal, 2014·      President’s Leadership Award for blindness prevention in developing countries - Australian Medical Association, 2013.·      Rural Health and Wellbeing Award for service to Aboriginal eye health in South Australia, 2012.·      Member of the Order of Australia for the provision of eye health services to Asian and Australian Aboriginal communities, 2012.Learn more about Dr James Muecke AM here. the showLearn more at
2/22/20221 hour, 2 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode #80. How exercise helps us remember better and extends our lifespan with Dr Tara Walker, neuroscientist.

I can hear you now. I don’t run, or I am too old to run or the classic, I want to protect my knees, and the list goes on. This is exactly what I use to think. Exercise is the one thing shown across several studies to help the brain produce new cells or neurons, also called neuroplasticity. Dr Tara Walker, a neuroscientist, at the Queensland Brain Institute has spent the last 20 years trying to work out how running helps the brain’s memory centres function more effectively. In a recent high-profile journal, she and her colleagues published a remarkable discovery, that a trace element, selenium, they found in the blood leads to the production of more brain cells in the part of the brain, called the hippocampus, that helps us learn new things and remember old ones. Selenium can be found in nuts, grains and fresh fruit and vegetables and particularly in brazil nuts. For example, one brazil nut a day is enough. Having brazil nuts does not help and can lead to problems. As much as we might like to take a supplement rather than run or exercise. There will never be enough benefits conferred from supplements that are equivalent to exercise. The main reason is that exercise gets the heart pumping blood and oxygen to nearly every place in the body and keeps the heart and body fit. It activates skeletal muscle that helps with insulin sensitivity and diabetes. The benefit list goes on and on. There is a lot of debate about how much exercise is the right amount. Can you do too much exercise? The right prescription of exercise has not been worked out. But there is no doubt that some form of movement everyday matter to stay healthy. For those of us not able to walk or run, then we can move our arms. If this is not the case, then we can learn something new, like a language, or meet new people. The brain needs a lot of novelty, and learning to stay healthy. Dr Walker has gone one step further than many of us and that is to work out through experiments how exercise improves factors in the blood that leads to changes in the brain. This was ground-breaking research. The most surprising discovery was just how much memory is improved with aging from adding exercise and the supplement, selenium. This leads to the idea that what you eat matters to getting the brain benefits from exercise. Dr Walker also didn’t think she could run. She was a swimmer when she was young. But by taking small steps, she slowly built up to running. She thought a 10km fun run was her limit, but then came the half and full marathon and now she is training for a 60 km trail run in the mountains in Brisbane. While she runs, her best ideas come, and this is how she decided to examine the blood of animals exercising to discover that proteins related to selenium are changed. This was the beginning of an 8-year project to demonstrate how exercise changes the brain. It takes a village running together to make breakthroughs in neuroscience. What amazing work, and how lucky are we to interview her on the Thriving Minds podcast.  Learn more about Dr Walker here.  Support the showLearn more at
2/16/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode #79. Why kindness at work works. What is your money, joy and love equation with James Rhee.

James Rhee now has 1 million views on TED, for his kindness at work talk. This is not the “being nice” version of kindness nor the “Love Eat Pray” version of love. This is about the human need to be seen and heard and the feeling of safety generated that leads the people and their brain health toward creativity, innovation, and purpose. James is an expert at building back businesses, especially when they on their knees, through optimising the unmeasurable, “goodwill” of its people and translating this into the balance sheet. In the process of turning around Ashley Stewart, a near bankrupt, consumer women’s clothing brand for plus size, moderate income, black women. He captured “goodwill” by operationalising our collective human ambition to be better. In this interview, we discuss businesses that operationalise “goodwill”, through kindness and love toward their people. In contrast, workplace stress, does completely the opposite, as Forbes recently published an article showing the main reason people want to leave their job is an awful boss or a toxic and stressful workplace. Similarly, people remain in jobs because they feel appreciated, thanked, and feel part of driving the purpose of the business. Goodwill pervades every aspect of the business, and it is almost akin to that feeling you have when you are part of something much greater than yourself. Some refer this feeling to “energy or soul or spirit”, words not often used in business. The synergistic benefit derived from the “combined human capital” of a team behind its leader is notoriously difficult to measure, and unfortunately, when it leaves, it is felt fast and furious.  James has learnt that authentic leaders, not only lead by example, but capture and bottle the essence of the communal nature of human capital. He discusses how kind people across a business, raise the whole business to unforeseen levels, drive thriving processes and balance sheets and most importantly build better future leaders. We talk about ways to transform the inevitability of a future being a technology driven and much-touted universal base income, a concept of providing a low payment to everyone, due to the disappearance of work to giving individuals opportunities and knowledge to grow businesses that build back better Societies. Within each of us, lies a renaissance opportunity springing forth in the post-pandemic 2022’s. James was given a red helicopter when he was 5 by a father of his friend at his school, to say thank you to James giving his son something to eat at lunchtime. The red helicopter materialised “goodwill” and gave James his most important lesson for life, and that is, how to make tangible the intangible nature of human capital component of “goodwill. James is the founder of Red Helicopter, a media EdTech start-up to accelerate business school education for all, he teaches at MIT Sloan, and Howard University. The first assignment the students are given is to answer the question: what their optimal money is, joy, love equation for life. What is yours? Join us on an exciting episode of the Thriving Minds podcast. James Rhee is an acclaimed impact investor, founder, CEO, goodwill strategist, and educator who empowers people, brands, and organizations by marrying capital with purpose. He is an award-winning thought leader on topics such as multidimensional transformation, the intersection of capital, race, and gender, the future of capitalism, and values-based investing and leadership. James has dedicated his life to making knowledge, opportunity, and capital accessible to all. His practical theories on Money, Life, and Joy marry capitalism with ethics and offer individuals, brands and organizations an actual playbook on how to drive dramatic transformation by identifying and unleashing purpose through the union of mathematSupport the showLearn more at
2/1/20221 hour, 4 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode #78. People are everything. Creating, fashion and neuroscience with Lydia Pearson.

Have you wondered how you create a brand-new product, an idea or way of living out of nowhere? Today, we speak to Lydia Pearson, fashion designer and teacher and someone creating new products and ideas every day. Having led a global fashion brand, Easton Pearson, through the highs and lows of the picky and tricky fashion world. Lydia is not shy about giving something hard a good shot. Nor is she afraid to pull the pin when things are not feeling right. Her biggest lesson in life is that people are everything. The pandemic has shown how important people are as we face and fight a hidden virus. The pandemic has come with consequences to all our health but at the same time we are building resilience, strength, and determination. As we head out of the pandemic, very slowly, we may want to return to how it was. Instead, imagine that just around the corner, there is something magical and much better waiting to happen. We discuss how the breaking down of something precious, like your hard-working fashion brand, Easton Pearson, turned into an museum archive that remains on show. The Easton Pearson fashion archive inspires generations to come. Lydia discusses the daily courage it took to get up and swim and run that led to a far better and more fulfilling life.Lydia is now reaching back, by teaching younger generations, how to create and grow local businesses, and she is moving forward, with a new creation, ShiloLydia, stitching together new creations. The clothes are more artworks with a special purpose, they marry old and the new, by bringing our ancestors back to life. They take the ancestors table linen, maybe someone we love that is present or passed, and they use the beautifully embroidered parts of the linen and switch it back into repurposed well-crafted high-end tailored shirts. As creativity and the courage to reinvent ourselves in new ways separates humans from most species. We moving forward by switching the well embroidered parts of our past to create magic across our communities. Join Lydia and I stitching our expertise together on the Thriving minds podcast.Support the showLearn more at
1/27/202242 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode #77 What it takes to break a cycle of disadvantage to become happy, healthy and successful. Mark Ryan's incredible story of success.

 Mark Ryan's story of courage.He grew up in a single-parent household in public housing in Redcliffe, north of Brisbane (parents divorced when my twin brother and I were three years of age after a relationship characterised by domestic violence - mental and physical)He showed promise academically and was included in various gifted and talented programs as a child- One of the first students offered a 'Learning for Life' scholarship through The Smith Family in 1997, which allowed me to study Law and Journalism at QUT- Started my career as a sport journalist in Townsville in 2001, moved to England to play semi-professional cricket in 2006, and stayed there until 2009 working in sports television production- Worked in various media, communications and strategy roles over the past decade with organisations such as Tatts Group, the Gold Coast Suns AFL Club, and MaterIn 2019, I was named runner-up in the Griffith University Responsible Leadership MBA Scholarship competition, sponsored by Queensland Business Monthly.  Since 2017, I've been the Chairperson of Return Serve, which is a not-for-profit organisation which uses free or low-cost sporting activities to help create healthier lives and brighter futures for people from disadvantaged backgroundsHis current role is Manager, Strategic Communications, with Queensland Rail. I've held this role since June this yearWe discussChildhood trauma - how does that affect the human brain and lived experience?Changing a person's story and identity throughout life - building a new narrativeThe effect of identity on relationships and how you're positioned in society - and how a shift in thinking can change your perception (i.e. when you've come from a disadvantaged background, it's easy to perceive that you're not of the same social status as others ... I tended to feel more comfortable relating to people who had also experienced adversity or come from a challenging background)How do I make the most of my brain's plasticity (playing new sports; meditation; gratitude; constant learning; curiosity; etc.)Importance of language in shifting thinking and behaviours (e.g. power of stories and metaphors; performativity; etc. - and how it can be used to translate neuroscience to reach a broader audience)Important shifts we need to make in the way society views people from disadvantaged backgrounds - acknowledging the complexity of social disadvantage and treating it as a complex challenge, not something that can be 'fixed' with short-term measuresWith brain health, shifting from the pathogenic paradigm of health to a salutogenic way of thinking, where appropriate ... again, the human brain and our bodies are complex, they are not there to be 'fixed' as though there is some baseline of healthPsychological safety in the workplace and in society - in organisations, we love ideas that provide certainty (e.g. models of change) which don't embrace the notion of neuroplasticity ... they primarily serve the need for certainty and linear progression amongst people in powerSupport the showLearn more at
12/13/202146 minutes, 14 seconds
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Episode #76 How to engage young people using neuroplasticity with Sheryl Batchelor

For decades Sheryl Batchelor, CEO and Founder of Yiliyapinya Indigenous Corporation has been teaching young people about their brain to improve cognition and self-regulation.  In the podcast, we discuss the techniques she helps to engage young people with neuroplasticity.The revolution of the 80s and 90s taught us how important physical exercise is for our overall health and well-being, brain fitness is the next step forward in that revolution.  Just like your physical body, it is now scientifically proven that the brain can change its physical form and function throughout a person’s life span. This is known as neuroplasticity.  ​Her organisation applies the principles of neuroplasticity to improve cognitive skills such as memory, processing speed and attention. Success in school, work and in life requires these skills to work quickly and efficiently. When a participant’s cognitive functions are weak, they have trouble focusing their attention, are easily distracted, take a long time to complete a task, have difficulty remembering information and  prioritising tasks.  Research has now proven that these skills are trainable and can be improved with practice.​We discuss how she uses the latest scientifically validated activities including computerised, non-computertised training, mindfulness, biofeedback and neurofeedback programs that target cognitive weaknesses.  Support the showLearn more at
12/6/202155 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode #75 Beating the Odds to Raise the Profile of Teachers. Meet Professor Marcia Devlin, CEO Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership

Dr Marcia Devlin is a qualified teacher and registered psychologist who began her education career as a primary teacher before moving into the tertiary sector.​She has extensive experience in professional learning for teachers and facilitating improved student learning, including through excellent teaching and learning leadership.​Her most recent executive role was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Victoria University and previously, she has held executive and senior roles at Federation University, RMIT University, Deakin University and The University of Melbourne. ​Since 2018 Dr Devlin has been a member of the Board of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority; she is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Melbourne Polytechnic and a Trust Member of the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre. Support the showLearn more at
11/28/202136 minutes, 58 seconds
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Episode #74. How to unleash your creative brain on the "Common Creative" podcast with Paul Fairweather and Chris Meredith

Let's talk about brain training!Professor Selena Bartlett is a Group Leader in Neuroscience and Neuroplasticity at the Translational Research Institute and a Research Capacity Building Professor at QUT. Join us for a fantastic conversation about brain training, flow states and the importance of working in teams for creativity.Links/ReferencesSelena Bartlett: Bartlett website: Minds Podcast: Common Creative Podcast (Paul and Chris): Common Creative (Mailing List Subscriptions): for privacy information.Support the showLearn more at
11/24/202132 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode #73 Designing your teams to flow with Professor Lisa Scharoun and Head of School Design at QUT.

Imagine exiting a train station and rounding the corner in an urban part of London for the first time, on your own without knowing a single person to start studying in a Design School, after growing up in a small town. This is exactly the unlikely path taken by Lisa Scharoun, now Professor and Head of the School of Design. This never occurred to her growing up as one of 5 children in the middle of rural U.S.A.  As Steve Jobs famously quoted you can only join the dots looking backwards. What comes to your mind when you hear the word design? At first it invokes, fashion, architecture, and iPhones.  For example, it was the discovery of the design of DNA, the double helix, that it consists of two strands that wind around each other like a twisted ladder that led to the scientific and genomics revolution. The simple design came in 1953 by putting together pieces of a puzzle discovered by hundreds of scientists, starting with Friedrich Miescher in 1869.  Watson and Crick with the help of Rosalind Franklin, and others, used cardboard cut-outs on a table of the individual chemical components of the four bases (AC TG) and other nucleotide subunits that make-up the chemical structure of DNA. Watson and Crick shifted molecules around on their desktops. It took a team working together to discover the double helix built by nature’s simple design. Together they solved one of the most complex scientific problems, being the way, in which all living forms are connected to each other (see Pray et al., 2008, Nature Education 1(1):100). What could be more complex than designing our teams that flow. At the end of the day, the life of our team members, arises from a complex array of small daily decisions. From how we choose to get up in the morning, exercise, and the food we eat. In Lisa’s case it was exchanging letters with a family friend in Germany that meant she lived, studied, and worked in USA, UK, China, Singapore, and Australia and become an International expertise in Design. Her team used co-design and her mantra of ‘change by design’ to create a set of promotional posters for the Olympic Village that highlighted the history and significant contributions that Australian Paralympic athletes have contributed to sport. This set of posters, created for the London 2012 games, has subsequently been showcased at the US Embassy in Canberra as well as at every subsequent Paralympic Games. As we enter the post-pandemic covid era, the dominant issue we face our teams face is how to live sustainably within an economic model that demands consumption and growth. The puzzle pieces to this complex problem  are in need of a design solution. As David Attenborough said we know the solution to climate change is to re-wild the Earth. What could be more important than leaders that create teams with a global perspective that live by the mantra of change by finding a simple design.  Just as scientists discovered the double helix, the new challenge facing our leaders and teams is finding the design that sustains life in a complex world. Please join Lisa and I as discuss how to design teams that flow. Citation: Pray, L. (2008) Discovery of DNA structure and function: Watson and Crick. Nature Education 1(1):100 the showLearn more at
11/9/202147 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode #72: Learn about psychedelic research advances for the treatment of addiction and depression with neuroscientist and psychedelics researcher Dr Allison Fedducia

Allison Feduccia, PhD is a neuropharmacologist, psychedelic researcher, and a builder of virtual and in-person communities. She is the Co-Founder of Psychedelic.Support and Project New Day. In these roles, Allison facilitates the spreading of evidence-based knowledge, connection to resources, and strategies for individuals to maximize the potential therapeutic benefits of psychedelics through safe and responsible practices. Prior to this, she worked on studies researching psychedelics and treatments for mental health conditions at universities, NIH, and MAPS. Learn about evidence-based research on MDMA? What’s most promising about MDMA therapy?What is What options are available for provider education and training?Tell us about Project New Day (our sister nonprofit)More information at the  websites: and Support the showLearn more at
10/14/202138 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode #71: Use the boxer within. How martial arts boosts mental health with Vickie Simos

Vickie Simos talks about how martial arts can increase confidence, reduce anger, and lead to an overall boost in mental health. After years of self-doubt and self-deprecation, Vickie Simos  has made many discoveries about who she was and who she wants to be – a confident, strong person who considers herself worthy of all the best life has to offer. Thelo (Teach, Help, Elevate, Lives, Organically) was founded from these experiences and the desire to share her hard learned knowledge and help other people gain confidence in mind and body.For the last decade Vickie has been involved in working with children, with various programs including Melbourne Kids Developmental Services, and the Active After School communities program, as well as mentoring and volunteering at various schools and organisations such as Anglicare. Learn more at the showLearn more at
10/13/202127 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode #70. Developing an entrepreneurial mindset no matter what age. Professor Rowena Barrett, Pro Vice Chancellor, Entrepreneurship, QUT

Professor Rowena Barrett is an expert in thinking innovatively and being entrepreneurial to get things done. She is QUT’s latest Pro Vice-Chancellor driving the strategic priority for Entrepreneurship. She leads QUT Entrepreneurship, a team of passionate individuals with years of experience to deliver the whole-of-university initiative providing entrepreneurial skill and mindset learning opportunities for the entire QUT community. Rowena is an authentic leader bringing integrity, purpose and commitment to engaging widely. Her years as a researcher means she has academic and practical understanding of motivations and drivers for entrepreneurship. Rowena is a member of the Queensland Government’s Innovation Advisory Council which works alongside the Queensland's 4th Chief Entrepreneur to ensure collaboration, inclusion and diversity are hallmarks of the Queensland entrepreneurial ecosystem. Support the showLearn more at
9/23/202140 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode #69: Taking risks, learning 3 languages at 21 and what it took to realise a big dream. Meet Alice Betts, PR Manager for ACNE studios, who is about to head to Paris Fashion week.

What does it take for a young woman raised in Brisbane Australia to become the PR manager of a top fashion brand in Sweden? Alice Betts started out of high school not knowing exactly what she wanted to do. But born adventurous, with a lot of ambition, and family support, she moved to Norway first, then Denmark and then got her first big break as an intern at ACNE Studios. She learnt Norwegian, Danish and Swedish starting at the age of 21.  She works fluently in Swedish as the PR manager for ACNE Studios for Scandinavia. ACNE stands for Ambition to Create Novel Expressions.   She is now about to head to Paris for fashion week.  You can learn how facing her biggest fears and taking large risks landed her a dream job. Thank you Alice Betts for inspiring others to do the same thing. You will agree with me that Alice's life reflects the ACNE brand.Support the showLearn more at
9/13/202131 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode #68 Bring some joy and a smile to lighten your load and raise your spirit. Primary school students visit our lab and ask amazing brain science questions

Need something to lift you and make you smile. Junction Park Primary school students visit the lab and learn about the brain. They ask the most fantastic questions and made us so happy. It is only fair that you are able to enjoy this one too. Thank you John Bray and Junction Park students for embracing neuroscience and the future. We may have some great scientists on the way.Support the showLearn more at
8/19/202110 minutes, 7 seconds
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Episode #67: Learn about the new brain health economy. William Hynes, Head of New Approaches to Economic Challenges at OECD.

William Hynes is a Senior Advisor to the Secretary General and the Head of the New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) Unit which provides a space to question traditional economic ideas and offer new economic narratives, new tools, methods and policy approaches.He previously worked as a Senior Economist at NAEC, Advisor in the Sherpa and Global Governance Unit, a policy analyst in the Development Co-operation Directorate and an Economic Affairs Officer at the World Trade Organisation.William is an Associate Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, has a doctorate from Oxford University and was a Marie Curie Fellow at the London School of Economics. the showLearn more at
8/17/202124 minutes, 15 seconds
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Episode #66 Facing fear and an uncertain future she set herself on adventures and travelling alone. From Galapagos to picking avocados. Meet TV presenter Vanessa O'Hanlon.

Today we are joined by Vanessa O'Hanlon, TV presenter, journalist and adventurer.  Facing fear of job loss, covid19 and career uncertainty. She jumped into her car and went on a roadtrip that changed her life. This plus many other adventures are what enable her to thrive despite the unknown. Her motto- wherever the fear is- lean into it and that is where the joy is to be found.www.profselenabartlett.comSupport the showLearn more at
8/3/202129 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode #65 Advice for parents in lockdown with kids. Tips and tricks from Michelle Newnan following 5 lockdowns in Melbourne

Michelle Newnan lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children, a greyhound and a cat.  She is a full time Mum and works as a freelance photographer. Her family does the ice challenge, tracing and other exercises that focus on brain health. She is an amazing woman that is taking her family into a thriving mindset despite grief, tragedy and other life circumstances. An amazing interview with many pieces of advice to help other people in the same situation.www.profselenabartlett.comSupport the showLearn more at
8/2/202127 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode #64. The micro-steps that changed Eleanor Carey's mindset to become comfortable with the uncomfortable to become a world class adventurer

Stepping into the unknown is something that Eleanor Carey has done over and over again. It is something that both excites and frightens her every single time. From cycling solo across Europe in search of a career change, to founding multiple businesses, to battling hurricanes, extreme sea sickness and sleep deprivation she has learned how to get comfortable being uncomfortable.Spending 62 days at sea in a 7.5 metre boat, rowing day and night is just one part of Eleanor’s experience that has built her ability to adapt in such a wide variety of conditions and circumstances and continue stepping forward in the face of fear and uncertainty. To learn more about neuroplasticity- visit www.profselenabartlett.comSupport the showLearn more at
7/27/202141 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode #63: Shoot for the stars with the small wins. Meet inspirational Sakurako Kobayashi

What does it take to beat the odds and take the path that most people dare not take. Meet Saki, a first year PhD student at the Peter Mac Cancer Centre at the University of Melbourne. Her suggestion for daring to go beyond and shoot for the stars is to take small wins and celebrate.  Connect with SakiLinkedin: Sakurako Kobayashi@Kobayashi1SSupport the showLearn more at
7/18/202118 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode #62: Meet Coby Lee, 19 yr old entrepreneur inspiring young Australians to Thrive

Coby Lee 19 year old young entrepreneur, author and inspiration to the youth of Australia has spent the past couple years dedicating her free time to  motivating young people to start a business. She achieved this by writing her book ’Thrive: A Young Entrepreneurs Guide to Starting A Business’. Also, starting a business degree at Queensland University of Technology on a full scholarship. She has written 3 books already and her aim is to inspire young people to start their own businesses.Find me at the following:[email protected]: Miss_CobyLeeFacebook: Coby Lee Author www.misscobylee.comSupport the showLearn more at
7/14/202136 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode #61. Why understanding your brain helps to understand others. Interview on the ViewPoints podcast with Henry Grossek

It is well known that poor executive function impacts every aspect of life across the life span, including work productivity and getting along with others. Executive function refers to the parts of the brain that are important for on-task attention, short-term memory and manipulation of information in mind (working memory), long-term memory, decision making, reasoning and planning. We now know that some of these functions can be improved with tailored neuroscience training exercises. We discuss these advances in neuroscience and its impact for educators in Schools and Society. Learn more at Profselenabartlett.comSupport the showLearn more at
3/30/202114 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode #60 Libby Trickett and I discuss why sugar is more than it's number of calories and changes the brain and what to do about it-from a neuroscience perspective

How sugar addiction changes the brain and what to do about it-from a neuroscience perspective. Libby Trickett and I discuss this in the Pebble in the Pond podcast for the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association. Did you know that 75% of Australians are predicted to be overweight or obese by 2025?Neuroimaging studies have shown that high-sugar containing foods and beverages activate reward areas within the brain – that ‘reward’ appears to be more robust than those of cocaine. Brain function is significantly impacted from sugar and food over consumption.Listen in as I delve into how sugar activates our addiction centres and changes the physical structure of the brain. We discuss how she is using a neuroscience approach to combat addiction that focuses on retraining the brain. Libby Trickett #brainhealth #neuroplasticity #thrivingminds #covid19 #sugar #addictionawareness the showLearn more at
3/17/20211 hour, 41 seconds
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Episode #59. Thriving Minds and Schools applying Brain Health and Neuroplasticity. Executive Principal Llew Paulger shares the Kelvin Grove State College Wellness pedagogy.

Joined today by Executive Principal Llew Paulger who has kindly shared the Kelvin Grove State College Wellness pedagogy. They understand that brain health, fitness and wellness underpins excellence and performance. He shares the strategy that has seen the school grow from 2400 enrolments to 3600. The aim is for 3600 kids to leave the school well and on a pathway that leads to their life success. We are working together on a brain health and fitness strategy. Understanding and education of brain science and health raises all boats. Because brain health is becoming everyone's business.Support the showLearn more at
2/12/202136 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode #57. The gift of feedback in leadership. Using neuroscience to create thriving minds and thriving leader

Encouraging a culture of feedback is vital to increasing performance and engagement in the workplace.   Feedback can become a gift that uncovers infinite opportunities for learning and growth. It starts with asking questions.Emeritus Martin Betts, Founder of HEDx. Former Deputy Vice- Chancellor Griffith University with over 40 years experience of leadership and I discuss how leading yourself first, is the key that unlocks the door to more effective leadership of teams and organisations. Learn more about Professor Betts work at more about Professor Selena Bartlett and Thriving Minds at Support the showLearn more at
1/30/202125 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode #56 Using neuroscience in the classroom for teachers and adolescents: Professor Donna Pendergast, Dean of Education, Griffith University.

Professor Donna Pendergast is Dean and Head of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University.  Her research expertise is education transformation and efficacy, with a focus on: middle year’s education and student engagement; initial and professional teacher education; and school reform.  Donna commenced her career as a school teacher working in secondary, P-10 and senior college settings before shifting to the role of academic at Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland, and since 2009, at Griffith University.  Donna has served in roles associated with the profession at state and federal government levels.  She is Chair of the Queensland Council of Deans of Education (QCDE), Chair of the Board of Directors of Queensland Education Leadership Institute (QELI), Director on the Board of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) and Chair of the AITSL Teacher Education Expert Standing Committee. Donna has more than 160 refereed publications along with 19 books including the highly regarded Teaching Middle Years: Rethinking curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, now in its third edition and the recipient of an International Choice Award as an Outstanding Academic Title; and 16 commissioned reports.Donna has conducted many competitive research projects related to school education together valued at more than AUS$4 million, including playing a pivotal role in preparing school leaders for the shift of Year 7 to secondary and the implementation of Junior Secondary in 2015.  This reform was built around the Educational Change Model that was developed a decade earlier by a team led by Donna conducting research about effective teaching and learning in the middle years, around the nation. The successful shift of Year 7 is recognised as the most significant reform in education in Queensland in the last half century.  Donna is now engaged in the shift of Year 7 in South Australia.Support the showLearn more at
11/22/202047 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode #55. If your dreams don't scare you, they are not big enough. Monique Murphy, Australian Paralympics swimmer, silver medallist at the Rio.

Monique Murphy was like any teenager at University. Studying and being with friends. When one day she woke up from a coma in a hospital to see she no longer had a foot. She had fallen from a 5th story building and through a glass building. She recovered from incredible injuries, including amputating her right leg below the knee. She tells a story of resilience and strength. Her mindset for her age is one we all wish we could achieve. We wish Monique all the best as she pursues her dream of swimming at the Tokyo Olympics.Her motto:  "If your dreams don't scare you, they are not big enough"Support the showLearn more at
11/15/202047 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode #54. Using neuroscience for government communications on the GovComms podcast with David Pembroke, Advisor to Eddie Jones, Head coach, England Rugby team

Contentgroup CEO David Pembroke learns everything you need to know about the brain and how to train the brain from Professor Bartlett.  Founder and CEO of contentgroup. Adviser to Eddie Jones, Head coach, England Rugby teamDavid and Anna Pembroke knew that Australians value content and that is the best way to reach them.Today, they lead a team of highly-regarded veterans and digital-savvy creatives who are experts in multimedia communication, specialising in helping government and the public sector engage with citizens.contentgroup’s skills and knowledge in media, marketing, public relations, politics and private industry set us apart. We are used to working in environments where the pace of change is fast and the challenges significant.While our head office is in the heart of the National Capital, we are also connected to communities across the country through a network of clever consultants and suppliers.From Federal Government departments and agencies to Local Government councils, we have a track record for delivering best practice strategic communication and stakeholder engagement services, backed by quality content, advice and training.That is contentgroup’s ‘swim lane’ and we are proud to be recognised as industry leaders – who are also easy to work with!In addition to her aforementioned role, Professor Bartlett is a Group Leader in Translational Neuroscience and has been awarded the Lawrie Austin Award for her contributions to Neuroscience by the Australian Neuroscience Society in 2019.Professor Bartlett is also the CEO and Founder of MiGFiT Inc, a start-up company spun out her research lab that is focused on brain training for resilience, fitness and to reduce addiction and obesity.She has won the Outstanding Achievement Award and the Biotech Research Award and was an Ambassador for the Women in Technology organisation. Professor Bartlett recently launched three books to raise awareness about the brain health and to make neuroscience neuroplasticity actionable. Additionally, she has presented a TEDx talk about the brain fitness and neuroplasticity revolution underway focused on neuroplasticity for brain health.Discussed in this episode:The evolution of the brain and how it affects us nowHow you can train your brainPrevention vs Treatment to improve mental healthMental health in the workplaceDoomscrollingSupport the showLearn more at
11/9/202042 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode #53. Tips to handle workplace stress. Think about a gap year. Shelley Templeman reveals her secret for a positive mindset.

Hello everyone,Shelley Templeman describes how she overcomes workplace stress and bullying. In these times of workplace stress, she imagines herself taking a gap year. She starts to plan it out in her head and has come to realize how helpful this is to her mindset. It has been a stressful year and her simple technique may help.We also discuss how she came upon the Smashing Mindset book in the TRI library and how this helped her and her family.Brain health becomes everyone's business. Simple not easy steps to make a great daily life.Love and hugsSelenaSupport the showLearn more at
11/6/202031 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode #52. Thriving Leaders. Seeking opportunities not threats in times of crisis. Building back Australians together.

Leadership under crisis starts with the leaders Thriving Mind. In this episode with Professor Martin Betts who has decades of experience in Leadership joins me to discuss how effective leadership begins with ourselves, this allows others to mirror our behaviour.  Covid-19 opens a window for each of us to help others to seek opportunities to thrive.Learn more at the HEDx podcast. keep the Thriving Minds Podcast free of advertisements. Please support it  the podcast on Patreon. gratitudeProfessor Selena BartlettSupport the showLearn more at
10/21/202031 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode # 51 Food and Mood and Brain Health with Tracey Challenor from Life Education Queensland

Neuroscientist Professor Selena Bartlett is an international trailblazer who has been studying the human brain for 30 years.She believes that by understanding how the brain works and how we respond to stress, we can help manage addictive behaviours like drinking, smoking and binge eating.In this podcast for Life Education Queensland, coinciding with Queensland Mental Health Week, Professor Bartlett explores the link between food and mood, explaining why sugar is an addictive substance and how it changes the physical and chemical structure of the brain.She also reveals how it’s possible to retrain our mindset through a few simple actions and habits. In other words, just like we tone our bodies at the gym, we can help our brains to become more resilient by changing thoughts, actions and habits that literally form new circuits in the brain.Professor Bartlett believes that better brain health and fitness is the key to better mental health, and that modern neuroscience has the potential to help millions lead happier healthier lives.Find out more in this fascinating podcast chat for parents. the showLearn more at
10/13/202027 minutes, 13 seconds
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Stop fear in its tracks. Unprecedented acts of service and connection. Boost immune system and inspire health and resilience- how humans beat the virus.

Hello everyone. If you are lucky, try to find new ways to be of service. Learn how to boost the immune system, find ways to connect, get support, love and daily inspirations. One of the best ways to help right now- is to take care of our health- so we don't put more pressure on the health system and health care workers. Learn little things to do that can support immunity, health and resilience. This is how I can help right now- share the love.  Love and hugs Selena xxooxxxooxx We are far better together. Join us on Facebook: are building a connected support group to boost immunity and inspiration.Support the showLearn more at
3/23/202037 minutes, 10 seconds