• 8 Minute Meditation

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    Quiet Your Mind, Change your Life.

    In recent years, meditation has become hugely popular and scientific studies are suggesting that the physical and mental benefits are solid and real. But to many, it remains something mystical and inaccessible…and spiritually-oriented tomes on the market don't do much to make it easier.
    As interest in meditation continues to grow, this book offers a simple, no-nonsense program to help beginners experience reduced stress and increased focus in only eight minutes a day. Designed by meditation expert and bestselling author Victor Davich, this program teaches the basic principles of meditation while clearing up the misconceptions and myths that too often get in the way.

  • All Blacks Don’t Cry

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    A Story of Hope

    All Blacks Don't Cry is John Kirwan's story of hope, of working through the pain and living a full life.  It is a poignant, inspirational and helpful example for anybody battling depression.

  • Dream new dreams: reimagining my life after loss

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    Recommended by Keitha Ross, Education Coordinator at Otago Community Hospice.

    Dream New Dreams is a powerful story of grief, healing, and newfound independence. With advice artfully woven into an intimate, beautifully written narrative, Jai’s story will inspire not only the legions of readers who made The Last Lecture a bestseller, but also those who are embarking on a journey of loss and renewal themselves.

  • How to Stop Worrying

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    Worry is a natural warning system. It's your brain's way of warning that something is wrong and needs to be dealt with. But sometimes things get out of hand, and worrying starts to spoil your enjoyment of life and even to affect your health. In this easy-to-read manual, Dr Frank Tallis explains how to understand your fears, and how to control your worry and make it work for you in a positive way. Topics include: Defining worry and its mechanism; Preparing to solve your problems – skills to practice; How to solve your problems – brainstorming, making decisions; Problem-solving in action – did it work? Coping with setbacks; When the worry won't stop – coping successfully with unavoidable problems.

  • I Can’t Get Over It

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    A Handbook for Trauma Survivors

    This book will help you:

    • Find out whether you have PTSD
    • Cope with post-traumatic anger, grief, and survivor guilt
    • Recognize related problems such as depression, substance abuse , compulsive behavior and low self-esteem
    • Identify “triggers” that set off flashbacks, anxiety attacks, and other symptoms
    • Relieve wounding caused by others’ blaming and insensitivity
    • Gain a sense of empowerment and hope for the future
  • I Had a Black Dog: His Name was Depression

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    There are many different breeds of Black Dog affecting millions of people from all walks of life. The Black Dog is an equal opportunity mongrel. It was Winston Churchill who popularized the phrase Black Dog to describe the bouts of depression he experienced for much of his life. Matthew Johnstone, a sufferer himself, has written and illustrated this moving and uplifting insight into what it is like to have a Black Dog as a companion and how he learned to tame it and bring it to heel.

  • Living with it

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    Survivors Guide to Panic Attacks

    Health Professional Reviewer: Faye Hanna, Clinical Specialist, Primary Mental Health. Reviewed 10 February 2013.

    Book Title: Living with it: Survivors Guide to Panic Attacks

     

    Suitable for: Teens through to adults. Comic format easy reading.

    Book Summary: A thoroughly useful small book which clearly addresses anxiety and panic, provides a good understanding of how it develops what it is and how to overcome it. This is, in my opinion one of the most beneficial publications yet. This book summarises anxiety and simplifies a really useful way of managing and overcoming panic attacks.

    Strengths and Weaknesses: The simplistic format makes it easy for all levels of readers to understand. The comic form helps readers to remember specific points.

  • Mind Over Mood

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    Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think

    Developed by two master clinicians with extensive experience in cognitive therapy treatment and training, this popular workbook shows readers how to improve their lives using cognitive therapy. The book is designed to be used alone or in conjunction with professional treatment. Step-by-step worksheets teach specific skills that have helped hundreds of thousands people conquer depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse and relationship problems. Readers learn to use mood questionnaires to identify, rate, and track changes in feelings; change the thoughts that contribute to problems; follow step-by-step strategies to improve moods; and take action to improve daily living and relationships. The book's large-size format facilitates reading and writing ease.

    Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit.

  • Mothers Cry Too

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    In Mothers Cry Too, New Zealand psychiatrist Dr Sara Weeks, a leading expert in the field of maternal mental health, explains how to recognise and deal with a range of issues, from the 'baby blues' to more serious conditions.

    Practical and supportive, Mothers Cry Too offers guidance for new mothers, and their partners and families, on how to cope with the demands of a new baby and manage symptoms of depression, anxiety and other postnatal psychiatric conditions.

    Dr Weeks demystifies one of the most common complications of childbirth, while sharing case studies based on more than 20 years' experience in counselling new mothers. Her helpful hints cover everything from exercise and diet to managing stress and the effects of sleep deprivation.

  • Overcoming Anger and Irritability

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    A self-help guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

    This book is a self-help manual for people who find that they are constantly becoming irritable and angry. It explains why such bouts occur and what can be done to avoid angry overreaction. Following a cognitive approach, the book aims to help people to control their temper and to handle potentially dangerous situations effectively and non-aggressively. With the help of real life case studies, the author describes what happens when people get angry and why some people get angrier than others.

    The book encourages the reader to keep an ‘anger diary’ and then to analyse any angry incidents that occur. It shows the reader how to look at situations differently so that anger occurs less frequently, and it also explains how anger can be controlled so that it does not lead to aggression or violence.

  • Overcoming Anxiety

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    A Self-help Guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

    This book explains why anxiety is a major problem for some people and not for others, and then guides the reader through a series of steps to enable them to overcome problem fears and anxieties of all kinds.

  • Overcoming Depression and Low Mood

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    A Five Areas Approach

    • Presents patient-friendly workbooks with illustrations and practical advice
    • Incorporates proven, trusted information from an award-winning author
    • Delivers a wealth of strategies to deal with conditions ranging from low mood to long-lasting depression
    • Includes advice for family, friends, and caregivers
  • Overcoming Low Self Esteem

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    A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques

    Melanie Fennell’s Overcoming Low Self-Esteem is a classic of self-help literature, winning acclaim for its practical and user-friendly approach and now recommended on the National Health Service’s self-help scheme known as Books on Prescription. This book will aid readers to understand their condition and with this knowledge enable them to break out of the vicious circle of negative self-image, learn the art of self-acceptance and alter their lives for the better. Explains the nature of low self-esteem and self destructive thinking. Contains a complete self-help programme and monitoring sheets. Is based on clinically proven techniques of cognitive therapy.

  • Quiet the Mind

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    An Illustrated Guide on How to Meditate.

    In a world where finding even ten minutes to 'do nothing', the benefits of meditation can be profound. Meditation is simply a way of giving our brains a well-deserved break and can actually help our brains to function healthy and happily. This beautifully illustrated guide is an inspiring and practical book which shows you how to meditate without the need for uncomfortable lotus positions or prayer beads! With his typical gentle and insightful humour, Matthew's guide to meditation will enable to you to feel more present, more youthful, have more energy and greater concentration, improve your mood and sleep more soundly.

  • Stand By Me

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    Helping your teen through tough times

    I'm a dad and I'm scared.

    When I say I'm a dad and I'm scared, I really mean: I'm a dad and I'm looking for answers – from the professionals, kids, mums, dads and other caregivers who have been there, holding each other's hands to hell and back.

    Stand by me. Let's take the journey together.

    Charting John Kirwan's personal experiences as a father, and featuring the real voices of young people today, Stand By Me investigates issues around teenage mental health, with a focus on depression and anxiety.

    With clinical psychologists Dr Elliot Bell and Kirsty Louden-Bell, JK confronts the big questions facing parents and teens, highlighting key messages and offering best approaches. Stand By Me also draws on the perspectives of teenagers who have been diagnosed with mental health issues and the families who have journeyed with them. In their own words, the young people reflect on their darkest days and recovery, and consider how these experiences have shaped them as they face forward into their adult lives.

    Intimate, enlightening and impossible to ignore, Stand By Me is a window into an all-too-real issue facing New Zealand families, and a powerful tool for anyone concerned about the wellbeing of young people in their care.