useful links to websites

GREATER GOOD IN ACTION - This is a fantastic website developed by the Berkley University - the by-line being "Science Based Practices for a Meaningful Life". They have a number of common 'issues' that we face (such as burn-out, holding a grudge, feeling deflated) and give tips and techniques on how to deal with them. Based on research, it suggests that happiness, resilience and kindness are skills which we can develop and enhance within ourselves over time.

MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION of New Zealand. The emphasis is moving away from focusing solely on mental illness to focusing more on a mental wellness approach. This site has a lot of information specifically for New Zealanders on both mental illness and the concepts of mental health. More specifically from the Mental Health Foundation UK:

Healthy Eating and Depression

Changing Diets, Changing Minds: how food affects mental well being and behaviour

Feeding Minds: The impact of food on mental health

The Mind guide to food and mood

CALM - INSIGHT TIMER - HEADSPACE - These are all fantastic mindfulness / meditation apps to support your practice.

THE LOWDOWN - A website developed for youth suffering from depression - doesn't matter how old you are - there are a few tips and helpful advice, as well as some Kiwi music to listen to!

THE MAYO CLINIC - A US based organisation - which has some great advice based on research. You can search the site for just about anything - and it's mostly provided in plain easy to understand language.

suggested readings

I highly recommend anything by the wonderful Pema Chodron - especially in times of grief of despair. He teachings are incredibly gentle and kind and are just what you need when you are struggling with life

The Way of the Peaceful Warrior - Dan Millan. One of my all time favourite books, and one worth reading time and time again

Anything by the wonderful Jack Kornfield. He's that man I first learned to meditate to - in the days with cassette tapes. You can now download any of his talks via the www.