Resources

Find our more about Michael's publicationsservices and information available for young people, their parents and teachers, and relevant tools and research

 

Resilience in the workplace (Summary)

What is the problem?

  • The number of stressed Aussies has jumped by about a third to 4.9 million during the past decade, research by health fund Medibank shows. (Medibank report)

  • PWC estimates the cost to Australian business is approximately $10.9 billion per year. (Healthy workplace PWC)

  • the Australian Red Cross says 5.6 million Australians are currently lonely and almost half the population don’t have someone they could turn to for help or companionship. Experts are now calling it the “modern epidemic”

only 52% of employees believe their workplace is mentally healthy compared to 76% for physical safety. 
Only five in ten (56%) believe their most senior leader values mental health (beyondblue report)


 What is the solution?

  • Put psychological “eggs” in your own basket - but how?

  • invest in your relationships - a poor relationship can shorten your life by 4 to 6 years 

increase chances of getting sick by 35%

The 10 secrets of wellbeing and websites/apps that can help

  1. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it (ecouch/this way up/moodgym)

  2. See life as it is, but focus on the good bits (Three Good Things)

  3. If you want to feel good, do good (The kindness app)

  4. When we are together, everything is better (Happify)

  5. Be active, rest and relax (Couch to 5K)

  6. There is more to life, when you stop and notice (Headspace/Smiling Mind)

  7. Find time to lose yourself in what you love (Blinklist)

  8. It helps to know what you are looking for (Bucketlistly/Soon)

  9. Don’t compare your insides with other people’s outsides (Good Blocks)

  10. The meaning of life, is the life of meaning (Superbetter)

Extra Resources

Favourite Books

Michael has published several bestselling books for families, parents and young people, to help everyone navigate the stresses of growing up, from Surviving Year 12 to Princess Bitchface Syndrome, focusing on the particular issues faced by teenage girls. Purchase Michael's books from Penguin Australia.

Michael is also a regular blogger on Huffington Post Australia - read his articles.


Services and information

CanTeen is here for you if you're 12-24 and cancer has turned your world upside down.

CanTeen is here for you if you're 12-24 and cancer has turned your world upside down.

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.

ReachOut.com helps under 25s with everyday questions through to tough times.

ReachOut.com helps under 25s with everyday questions through to tough times.

beyondblue ’s youth program, Youthbeyondblue, aims to empower young people aged 12–25, their friends and those who care for them to respond to anxiety and depression.

beyondblue’s youth program, Youthbeyondblue, aims to empower young people aged 12–25, their friends and those who care for them to respond to anxiety and depression.

YSAS helps young people with substance dependance and misuse issues, mental illness and social disconnection to take control of their heath and wellbeing

YSAS helps young people with substance dependance and misuse issues, mental illness and social disconnection to take control of their heath and wellbeing

Kids Helpline is a free, private and confidential, phone counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.

Kids Helpline is a free, private and confidential, phone counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.

Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It’s a simple tool that gives a sense of calm, clarity and contentment.

Smiling Mind is modern meditation for young people. It’s a simple tool that gives a sense of calm, clarity and contentment.

Programs to care for children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence; reduce the incidence of bullying, cyber bullying and other cyber risks; and, advocate for the safety and wellbeing of children.

Programs to care for children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence; reduce the incidence of bullying, cyber bullying and other cyber risks; and, advocate for the safety and wellbeing of children.

The Suicide Call Back Service is a 24-hour, nationwide service that provides telephone and online counselling to people 15 years and over.

The Suicide Call Back Service is a 24-hour, nationwide service that provides telephone and online counselling to people 15 years and over.


Tools and research