MYLOCALMINDFULNESS

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

Mondays 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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 publicised 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 variation 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 sessions to enable a range of techniques to be practiced.

What is the evidence?

At MyLocalMind Inc. and FremantleMind Inc. we only provide services that are evidence-based. Mindfulness brings about various positive psychological effects, including increased subjective wellbeing, reduced psychological symptoms and emotional reactivity, and improved behavioural 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


CREATIVE EXPRESSION

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

Mondays 5:30pm to 6:30pm

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?

At MyLocalMind Inc. and FremantleMind Inc. we only provide services that are evidence-based. 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 possible. Art therapy has been shown to contribute to significant 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


THE GIFT OF YOGA

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

Tuesdays 5:30pm to 6:30pm and Wednesdays 7:00pm to 8:00pm

An introduction to Vinyasa Yoga, integrating movement, alignment and breath work, 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?

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

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


GROUP FITNESS

Group Fitness

Journey into understanding yourself from both a physiological and psychological viewpoint.

Mondays 9:00am to 10:00am

MyLocalMind Inc. Group Fitness offers a different approach to Personal Training. Our alternative philosophical perspective puts the emphasis on 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 emphasising movement, balance, and flexibility. MyLocalMind Inc. Group Fitness sessions are here to help you benefit from the therapeutic power of exercise.

MyLocalMind Inc. 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?

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


MyLocalMind presents DRUMBEAT®

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Reconnect to yourself and others using music, psychology, and neurobiology.

1st Thursday of each month 5:30pm to 6:30pm

DRUMBEAT® is the world’s first structured learning program using music, psychology, and neurobiology to reconnect with ourselves and others. The name DRUMBEAT® is an acronym for Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes, and Thoughts. Learn, play, and grow with MyLocalMind Inc. and DRUMBEAT®.

What is the evidence?

At MyLocalMind Inc. and FremantleMind Inc. we only provide services that are evidence-based. DRUMBEAT® contributes to positive mood, a sense of achievement, self-confidence, self-esteem, sense of belonging, cooperative behaviours, and positive relationships with peers, family, and community.

Faulkner, S., Ivery, P., Wood, L., & Donovan, R. (2009). Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT program: Music as a tool for social learning and improved educational outcomes. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 39(1), 98-109. doi: 10.1375/S1326011100000958


LET’S TALK TUESDAYS

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

Tuesdays 7:00pm to 8:00pm

An informal night where 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.


LIFE SKILLS GROUPS

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Closed groups that decrease social isolation, enhance self- esteem, and build wellbeing.

Next session to be confirmed

Semi-structured groups for males (Men’s Group), females (Women’s Group), and mixed gender (Mixed Life Skills Group) groups that aims to decrease social isolation, enhance self-esteem, and provide information and skills development around mental health. Over eight sessions with the MyLocalMind Inc. Life Skills Group, the following areas will be addressed: general mental health; emotions; communication; problem solving and goal setting; and relationships.

What is the evidence?

At MyLocalMind Inc. and FremantleMind Inc. we only provide services that are evidence-based. Meaningful participation in social and support groups, such as Life Skills Groups, Men’s Groups, and Women’s Groups address 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


YOUTH WELLBEING GROUPS

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Closed groups that decrease social isolation, enhance self-esteem, and build wellbeing for young people.

Next session to be confirmed


SELF-HELP ANXIETY DEPRESSION EDUCATION SESSIONS

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

Next group to be confirmed


MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION FORUM

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A safe, respectful, non-judgemental, and supportive space that promotes mental health.

MyLocalMind – Online Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotion Forum

MyLocalMind Facebook group is a closed community group that provides a safe, respectful, non-judgemental, and supportive space to share experiences, resources, and events that promote mental health, resilience, and social and emotional wellbeing.

Moderated by mental health professionals with over 1,200 members and growing. You can join and contribute to our community on Facebook.


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 our team that 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.