OPEN SESSIONS

At MyLocalMind Inc. and FremantleMind Inc. we only provide services that are evidence-based.

 

CREATIVE EXPRESSION

Mondays 7pm to 8pm

Guided sessions to develop the skills to practice and benefit from mindfulness. 

Mindfulness is sweeping the western world, and for good reason. The practice involves focusing attention and being in the moment. Mindfulness has been around for thousands of years, with its physical and mental health benefits now widely publicized and backed by science. At its heart, mindfulness is a simple form of meditation, which can be practiced anywhere at any time!

These sessions are guided mindfulness sessions suitable for beginner to advanced practitioners. Learn the practice of mindfulness and feel the benefits. Mindfulness is an important skill that helps nurture a healthy mind. A variety of different mindfulness techniques will be taught each session, including mindful eating, mindful breathing, mindful sensing, muscle mindfulness, mindfulness of space, mindfulness of concepts, mindful movement, and mindful imagery. Introductory workshop and regular session to enable a range of techniques to be practiced.

What is the evidence?

Mindfulness brings about various positive psychological effects, including increased subjective wellbeing, reduced psychological symptoms, and emotional reactivity, and improved behavioral regulation.

Keng, S. L., Smoski, M. J., & Robins, C. J. (2011) Effects of mindfulness on psychological health: A review of empirical studies. Clinical Psychology Review, 31, 1041-1056. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2011.04.006

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FREOMINDFULNESS

Mondays 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Use of artistic mediums to enrich and deepen self-awareness and explore oneself.

Use of artistic mediums to enrich and deepen self-awareness, providing a process to enable participants to explore their self, and express their way of seeing and being in this world. Regular sessions to enable a range of mediums to be explored. 

What is the evidence?

The use of artistic mediums within a psychotherapeutic framework enriches and facilitates a deepened knowledge of the participant’s self and their way of seeing and being a part of the world around them. By promoting moments of expression and enhancing awareness, positive and meaningful life changes are positive. Changes in mental health symptoms in populations with different clinical profiles and non-psychotic (i.e. anxiety, depression etc.) mental health disorders.

Uttley, L., Scope A., Stevenson, M., Rawdin, A., Taylor Buck, E. et al. (2015) Systematic review and economic modelling of the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of art therapy among people with non-psychotic mental health disorders. Health Technology Assessment, 19(18), 1-120. doi: 10.1186/s12888-015-0528-4

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LET’S TALK TUESDAYS

Tuesdays 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm

Peer-led group to share and converse with others around mental health topics, treatments, and strategies to improve wellbeing. 

An informal night where the community can come together, express, share, and discuss mental health topics. This is a night where we can learn from each other and share our lived experiences to improve our well-being through engagement and belonging. We will dive deep together and share the journey. This will include a range of professionals hosting various mental health topics and TED talk evenings where we can sit back, share some popcorn, and bounce ideas off each other.

Different topics are selected each week. Please check our social media pages for this week’s topic. 

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THE GIFT OF YOGA

Tuesdays 7 pm – 8 pm

A safe space to explore the self for beginner yogis. Breath, synchronicity, and meditation. 

An introduction to Vinyasa Yoga, integrating movement, alignment, and breathwork, for beginners to advanced yogis. A safe space that helps connect the mind and body. Focus on breath work, body synchronicity, and meditation. Explore and nourish your inner and outer self in a safe space. 

What is the evidence?

The practice of yoga is thousands of years old, but only recently have its physical and mental health benefits become widely publicised and supported by scientific evidence. Yoga is increasingly used as a therapeutic treatment and has evidence for improving psychiatric conditions such as anxiety disorders, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Cramer, H., Anheyer, D., Saha, F. J., and Dobos, G. (2018). Yoga for posttraumatic stress disorder – a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Psychiatry, 18, 72-81, doi:10.1186/s12888-018-1650-x

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GROUP FITNESS

Wednesdays 9.00am – 10.00 am

Journey into understanding yourself from both a physiological and psychological viewpoint, and gain the benefits of the therapeutic power of exercise.

Our group fitness offers a different approach to group fitness training. Our alternative philosophical perspective puts the emphasis on the function of the body over form with an added focus on wellbeing. Functional fitness means your body is able to perform at its optimum capacity by emphasizing movement, balance, and flexibility. 

Our group fitness sessions are:

  • Low intensity
  • Low impact
  • Circuit training
  • Light weights

We offer more than an exercise program. You will commence a journey into understanding yourself from both a physiological and psychological viewpoint. Whether you’re seeking to re-establish the habit of exercise or to manage an ongoing health issue we have the capacity to accommodate and support you to achieve your goals. 

What is the evidence?

The evidence concerning mental health effects of exercise is extensive and is still growing. The evidence has linked increased physical activity with improved self-esteem, reduced depressive symptoms, reduced risk of cognitive decline, and reduced alcohol and other drug dependence.

Biddle S. (2016). Physical activity and mental health: evidence is growing. World psychiatry : official journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), 15(2), 176–177. doi:10.1002/wps.20331

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THE GIFT OF TRAUMA-INFORMED YOGA

Thursdays, fortnightly 7pm – 8pm

Trauma-informed yoga for those with and without an experience of trauma. 

An all-levels vinyasa flow class facilitating opportunities for meditation, mindfulness, stretching, a physical sequence, and relaxation. This is a trauma-informed yoga class and therefore is supportive of individuals with and without an experience of trauma. 

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CLOSED GROUPS

 

CREATIVE EXPRESSION: CONNECTING CARERS

Wednesdays 11 am-12.30 pm | Next group starting 28th July 2021

Closed creative expression group for individuals supporting those living with mental health conditions. 

In creative expression, you explore your inner and outer world through the experience and creation of different art forms. The main focus of creative expression is on the process over content. It is not necessary to have a background or training in the arts to benefit from expressive arts therapy.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Use creative arts practice to express feelings, thoughts, concerns, and desires using art materials
  • Use art-making in your own personal way
  • Express yourself in a way that may not arise for you in everyday life
  • An opportunity to share your lived experience of being a carer. 

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CREATIVE EXPRESSION: BREAST CANCER

Wednesdays 2 pm – 3.30 pm | Next group starting 28th July 2021

Closed creative expression group for individuals supporting those living with breast cancer.

In Creative Expression, you explore your inner and outer world through the experience and creation of different art forms. The main focus of creative expression is on the process over content. It is not necessary to have a background or training in the arts to benefit from expressive arts therapy.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Use creative arts practice to express your feelings, thoughts, concerns, and desires using art materials
  • Use art-making in your own personal way
  • Express yourself in a way that may not arise for you in everyday life
  • An opportunity to share your lived experience of living with breast cancer. 

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LIFE SKILLS FOR WELLBEING

Wednesday 7pm-8pm | Next group starting 28th July 2021

Closed group to decrease social isolation, enhance self-esteem, and build skills to improve wellbeing.

The life skills group is a closed group, semi-structured life skills group which aims to decrease social isolation, enhance self-esteem, and provide information and skills development around mental health.

Over eight sessions the following areas will be addressed:

  • General mental health
  • Emotions 
  • Communication
  • Problem-solving and goal setting 
  • Relationships
  • Domestic violence

What is the evidence?

Meaningful participation in social and support groups, such as the life skills group addresses a number of major areas including decreasing social isolation, enhancing self-esteem, increasing access to specific information about health, and providing mediation between the everyday world and the health care system. Meaningful participation in such groups enables the development of new skills, increased social connection, reduced stigma, and the improvement of health and wellbeing. 

Ballinger, M. L., Talbot, L., Verrinder, G. (2009). More than a place to do woodwork: a case study of a community-based Men’s Shed. American Journal of Men’s Health, 6(1), 20-27. doi: 10.1016/j.jomh.2008.09.006


Crabtree, J. W., Haslam, S. A., Postmes,T., and Haslam, C. (2010). Mental health support groups, stigma, and self‐esteem: positive and negative implications of group identification.Journal of Social Issues 66(3), 553-569. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.2010.01662.x


Fildes, D., Cass, Y., Wallner, F., and Owen, A. (2010). Shedding light on men: the Building Healthy Men project. American Journal of Men’s Health, 7(3), 233-240. doi: 10.1016/j.jomh.2010.08.008


Worrall, H., Schweizer, R., Marks, E., Yuan, L., Lloyd, C. & Ramjan, R. (2018). The effectiveness of support groups: a literature review. Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 22(2), 85-93. doi: 10.1108/MHSI-12-2017-0055

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THE GIFT OF YOGA FOR TRAUMA RECOVERY

Thursdays, fortnightly 5.30 pm – 6.30pm | Next group starting 29th July

A five-week yoga therapy course combining psychoeducational and hatha yoga practice to improve symptoms of trauma.

A five-week yoga therapy course combining psychoeducational and hatha yoga practice, focusing on themes of grounding, making choices, interception, breath awareness, and present moment awareness. 

It is a Trauma Centre Trauma-Sensitive Yoga practice, which was developed as an intervention of complex trauma and post-traumatic stress. As well as being helpful for symptoms of trauma, this course may also support individuals to manage symptoms of low mood, anxiety, and emotional distress. 

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   SELF-HELP FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION EDUCATION SESSIONS

Next group to be confirmed.

Evidence-based group program for improving anxiety and depression symptoms in adults. 

FremantleMind Inc. is pleased to offer the very popular and successful Self Help for Anxiety and Depression Education Sessions (SHADES) adult group therapy course.


The program was developed and run successfully by the Barwon Health MindinX Primary Mental Health Team in Geelong and surrounding areas for several years. SHADES is best suited to people experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression.


Your General Practitioner may be aware of SHADES. Research conducted on SHADES has demonstrated its benefits to participants. Participants benefit after having completed the course and these benefits seem to grow as further time passes. Group participants are generally surprised at how helpful the group is to them.


The SHADES group therapy course offers education on symptoms of anxiety and depression as well as training in practical self-management strategies. The course runs over 8 weekly sessions and the size of the group is usually between 6 and 10 people. Your progress is measured across the 8 sessions and feedback is provided to each group member at the conclusion of the group.

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BALANCING ACT THEATRE FOR WELLBEING

Next session to be confirmed.

Use theatre, song, and movement to strengthen your mental wellbeing.

FremantleMind Inc. and Dr. Ralf Rauker team up to present a seven-session workshop series combining simple elements of performing arts practice, and mental health and wellbeing psychoeducation. Synergies between dancing, singing, and acting will benefit all those involved and strengthen the spirit of the community. 

This workshop series will provide the following outcomes for participants: 

  • Improved social wellbeing
  • Improved mental, physical and emotional equilibrium
  • Improved confidence 
  • Improved self-esteem

The sessions will have three components: 

  1. Mental health and wellbeing psychoeducation
  2. Music: meditative and stimulating movement/dance
  3. Performing arts practice including dance, role play, and singing

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REQUESTS FOR NOVEL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Is your community in need of a new or different mental health or wellbeing service? We have a range of clinical and non-clinical professionals and individuals with lived experience on your team who are passionate about your and your community’s mental health and wellbeing and have considerable expertise in all areas of mental health. Get in touch and MyLocalMind Inc. can develop and deliver an event to meet your needs.