Help for Victorian Judicial Officers
Judicial Officers Assistance Program
A free, confidential counselling service exclusively for Victorian judicial officers. Help is available 24/7. Call 1300 326 941.
Self-Care Assessment Worksheet
Saakvitne et al. (1996), Transforming the Pain: A Workbook on Vicarious Traumatisation
Used to assess vulnerability to vicarious trauma, this simple three-page checklist delineates the self-care techniques that research has demonstrated can promote physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing.
Mind Health Connect
HealthDirect Australia; Australian Government; National E-Mental Health Strategy
This website aggregates mental health resources and content from the leading health-focused organisations in Australia. There are comprehensive links to services and websites containing fact sheets, with links organised according to feelings, mental health condition and life stages.
The Happiness Trap
Dr Russ Harris
This best-selling book by Australian doctor and leading practitioner in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy is an excellent self-help resource to handle the painful feelings, fears and habits that underpin psychological distress and mental illness. It is frequently recommended to clients by Australian mental health professionals to support psychotherapy. The book covers how to use mindfulness skills, values, and committed action to enhance health, vitality and life satisfaction.
Who can assist?
This page on the beyondblue website succinctly explains the approach and services you can expect from different healthcare professionals including GPs, psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists and counsellors.
These two booklets systematically and even-handedly review the scientific evidence supporting the full range of treatments available for anxiety and for depression, including mainstream and less mainstream psychological interventions, medical interventions, and complementary or life-style interventions, such as acupuncture, yoga and herbal remedies.
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the peak body for psychologists in Australia. This section of their website is designed to assist members of the public to make contact with a psychologist in their local area. The 'Find a Psychologist' button links through to a vast database of psychologist organised by location, area of practice, gender and other qualifiers, and provides their profiles and contact details. There are also helpful articles and tips sheets on topics such as 'Managing Stress' and 'Overcoming Unconscious Bias'.
What is therapy for?
Alain de Botton, The Book of Life
Written by acclaimed British philosopher and author, Alain de Botton, this light-hearted and soulful article reflects upon the benefits of psychotherapy – concluding (a little playfully) that every one of us would benefit from therapy, and our world would benefit if every one of us engaged in it.
Fact Sheet: Recognising and responding to employee mental health challenges
Queensland Law Society
Designed for managers in legal practice, this two-page fact sheet outlines how to identify and appropriately assist a colleague or staff member who is experiencing psychological distress.
Providing Mental Health First Aid to a Co-Worker
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid Australia is a national not-for-profit health promotion charity focusing on mental health training and research. This document provides simple, practical advice on how to recognise the signs of mental health problems in a colleague or staff member, and how to tailor your approach to them in a way that is most likely to help. It is an excellent and accessible document that should be in everyone’s top drawer.