• 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.

  • I Had a Black Dog: His Name was Depression

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    5 out of 5

    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.

  • 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 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
  • 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.

  • The Happiness Trap Pocketbook

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    An illustrated guide on how to stop struggling and start living

    Whether you’re lacking confidence, facing illness, stressed at work, struggling with low self-esteem, trying to lose weight or quit smoking, or just wanting to be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled — in this book you will learn effective techniques to:
    • reduce stress and worry
    • rise above fear, doubt and insecurity
    • handle painful thoughts and feelings more effectively
    • break self-defeating habits
    • develop self-acceptance and self-compassion
    • let go of inaccurate and misleading (but very popular) ideas about happiness, and
    • create a rich, full and meaningful life.

  • The Mindful Way through Depression

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    Freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness (includes CD)

    The Mindful Way through Depression draws on the collective wisdom of four internationally renowned mindfulness experts, including bestselling author Jon Kabat-Zinn, to provide effective relief from the most prevalent psychological disorder. This authoritative, easy-to-use self-help program is based on methods clinically proven to reduce the recurrence of depression. Revealing the hidden psychological mechanisms that cause chronic unhappiness, the authors gently guide readers through a series of exercises designed to break the mental habits that lead to despair. Kabat-Zinn lends his calm, familiar voice to the accompanying CD of guided meditations, making this a complete package for anyone looking to regain a sense of balance and contentment.

  • When Happiness is not Enough

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    Happiness is such a simple, unifying concept. We all want to be happy. We all want to die happy.

    But do we really know what happiness is? Do we really understand its complexity? Does ‘pure joy’ lie on the same continuum as a ‘quiet satisfaction’? And does happiness in itself lead us to live a fulfilling life? This book helps us to discriminate clearly between two fundamental types of happiness. It helps us to know ourselves better, and to make active choices towards a more fulfilling life.

    The central theme here is that the simple concept of plain ‘Happiness’ is not enough. Instead, complete happiness is to be found by blending feelings of sensory pleasure with feelings of satisfaction through achievement. We learn to balance the excitable pleasure of the moment with the deeper satisfaction of achieving our established goals in life. If we can establish a healthy balance between Pleasure and Achievement for ourselves, then we learn to live a fulfilling life. And by applying the Pleasure/Achievement Principle to the lifestyle decisions that we make, we will learn to experience a far deeper sense of personal fulfillment in our lives.