About the Course

Who designed this program?
The My Positive Mind (MPM) program is designed by a team of Clinical Psychologists with the aim of providing concrete evidence-based tools to manage anxiety. The program content is based on research and clinical experience about the best practice in managing anxiety.

What are their qualifications for doing so?
Our Clinical Psychologists have undergone 6 years of university training, 2 years of supervised practice in a registrar program and are now qualified Clinical Psychologists with lived experience supporting the mental health and wellbeing of clients with a range of presentations and from diverse backgrounds.

Can I share this course with someone else?
If you feel you know someone who would benefit from the My Positive Mind (MPM) program, tell them about it. They will need to register as a member (for free) to get access to the program.

Can I keep coming back to this course?
Yes, sometimes it can help to revisit information and tools. Sometimes your motivation to use our tools changes. We want to make sure you have the information and tools available to you so you can access and use the information time and time again. Should you want to revisit the program, you can simply click on the links we’ll send you via email.

Who funded this program?
The production of the program ‘Anxiety” was made possible as a result of a foundation grant. We are extremely appreciative of the support foundations give us.

Does the course cost anything?
The course is 100% free.

Coping strategies

How frequently should I practise my coping strategies?
Practice makes perfect, and the more you practise your coping strategies the more they will become a natural response when faced with an anxious situation. Just like you practise a fire drill to prepare for when you might be in real danger, it’s important to practise these coping strategies when you’re not feeling anxious so that your brain has the full capacity to learn them when you’re in a calm state.

Where are the coping strategies?
Episode 3-6 provides details of easy to use coping strategies that will help you to manage those physical sensations of anxiety and unhelpful anxious thoughts.

What is this technique that this is all based on called?
The type of therapy this series is based on is called Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). It is the number 1 evidence-based therapy for anxiety. Episode 4 will help explain more about CBT and attending the live Q&A can help answer any questions you might have about the episode or CBT.

How long do coping strategies take to have an effect? 30 days?
Some coping strategies can have an immediate impact on the anxiety you feel in the moment but in order to achieve long-term change it is recommended that you practise your coping strategies regularly. Changes in the way your body and brain respond to anxiety can be noticed within a couple of weeks, and with regular practice it enables them to automatically kick in.

Can food and physical activity affect my anxiety too?
Absolutely! Anxiety is not just about butterflies in the stomach or an unhelpful thought, it involves your whole body – from head to toe. A balanced diet and regular exercise can have a significant impact on your body’s experience of anxiety. We recommend you come to one of our live workshops to see how an Exercise Physiologist, Dietician and, of course, our Clinical Psychologist talk about managing anxiety.

Can I use these coping strategies instead of my medication?
Medication can play an important role in the management of anxiety. Sometimes information like that in this course occurs in conjunction with medication and sometimes on its own. Always consult your GP before deciding to change or stop your medication use.

Support services

If I want to talk to someone, who do you recommend?
The first point of call is always your GP. Think of them as the gateway to accessing other services. However, there are a number of other services you can access 24/7 such as:

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • 1800-respect: 1800 737 732
  • Eheadspace (12-25): 1800 650 890
  • Men’s Line: 1300 77 98 77
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
  • Head to Health on 1800 595 212

If you are in a crisis and not able to keep yourself or others safe please contact 000.

My Positive Mind is FREE

Register now, you start the program by answering a few simple questions to assess your stress and then each day we’ll send a new video to watch.

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