Friday, 25 August 2017 14:47

Issue 13 Deputy Principal Pastoral Care

  • The 24-hour news cycle                                                       BACK
  • Positive Psychology
  • The zest of optimistic thinkers is contagious
  • New SEEDS Project Forum - Tuesday 5 September 2017

The 24-hour news cycle
The 24-hour news cycle means we are constantly faced with the confronting reality of war, terrorism, violence and other examples of the worst aspects of human behaviour. It is easy to see how our children can form the attitude that the world around them is a dangerous and harmful place in which to live. While it is important to acknowledge that bad things do sometimes happen in our world, it is important that the significant adults in our children’s lives present a much more positive and realistic version of the world in which they are growing up.

As parents and teachers, we need to expose our children to the many good news stories that do exist in our world. These positive stories are not often publicised by our global news networks, however, there are countless examples of individuals whose actions display compassion, empathy, love and respect for other people. It is these examples of positive human behaviour which we should expose our children to on a more regular basis.

Positive Psychology
As Barbara Fredrickson’s research into positive psychology has informed us, it is the frequency of positive emotions, not their intensity, which builds our well-being. Looking at life optimistically and searching for what is good in things and right about what we are doing sees positive emotions bubbling away in us. We are striving, thriving and flourishing. When we educate our students about the amazing benefits of adopting an optimistic outlook in their lives and introduce them to the little positive actions they can do often, they shine.

The zest of optimistic thinkers is contagious
Happy people enjoy better health and are more likely to achieve what they set out to do. The alternative is to look at life pessimistically and search for what is wrong with things. Well guess what? People who adopt this negative way of thinking find plenty of things they perceive to be not right, because that is all they are on the lookout for. It’s a pity they miss out on the great things that are happening and could happen. As such, they seldom have those warm feelings of gratitude and appreciation. The zest of optimistic thinkers is contagious and rubs off on those around them. Unfortunately, this is also true for negative thinkers.

New SEEDS Project Forum - Tuesday 5 September 2017

Event: Guest Speaker- Clinical Psychologist Sally Green
           Dealing with Anxiety and Depression in Childhood and Adolescence
Date: Tuesday 5 September
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Victoria Morgan Arts Centre
Cost: $10

Please register your attendance at this event via the Trybooking link below. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Dealing with Anxiety and Depression in Childhood and Adolescence
Parents, Guardians and friends of John Wollaston Anglican Community School are warmly invited to the next SEEDS (Strength/ Empowerment/ Engagement/ Development/ Success) Project Forum on Tuesday 5 September from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the Victoria Morgan Arts Centre (VMAC).

The contemporary topic Dealing with Anxiety and Depression in Childhood and Adolescence will be presented by Sally Green, Clinical Psychologist.

According to Beyondblue, it's estimated that 45 per cent of people in Australia will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety. Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. The World Health Organisation estimates that depression will be the most prevalent global disease by 2030.

Anxiety and depression affect us all. This seminar will provide information on how to recognise depression and anxiety in young people and outline simple strategies to understand what treatment options are available. It is an opportunity to educate ourselves about mental health and support those close to us. A better understanding of what depression is, and how it can be prevented and treated, will help reduce the stigma associated with the condition, and lead to more people seeking help. There are effective treatment options available.

Please join us for this important forum.

Sally Green is a Clinical Psychologist with twenty years’ experience working in child, adolescent and family mental health services. Sally has worked in the United Kingdom, Pilbara and in Perth, across the government and non-government sectors. Sally is currently a Senior Clinical Psychologist with the Department of Health working at Fremantle Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service – WA, providing therapy services for 0 to18 year olds with moderate to severe mental health disorders. In addition she has her own private practice and conducts specialist work with The Elizabeth Clinic, Claremont. Sally is a warm, engaging presenter and is looking forward to visiting John Wollaston.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain some up to date information and ask questions on two mental health issues that impact so many families. I do hope you can attend.

All the best
Nick Jones
Deputy Principal Pastoral Care



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