Ep 12 Understanding Depression

* Trigger Warning: this episode discusses suicide*

Learn about the effects of depression from acclaimed Positive Psychologist Dr Tim Sharp to live life to your greatest potential. In this riveting episode, Meg chats to Founder of The Happiness Institute and leader in mental health Dr Tim Sharp about the art of getting to know ourselves, taking educated risks with our lives and the nuances of depression.

So what’s this episode really about?

  • The power of self-awareness and how to recognise your feelings and emotions as they surface.
  • How to embrace self-compassion, accept imperfections and be kinder to ourselves for better wellbeing.
  • The impact depression can have on the wya we think, feel and act.

Why you should listen

You’ll learn about what depression is, how it manifests differently for individuals, as well as essential strategies for coping. Meg and Tim share personal life experiences and discuss how we need to normalise not having it ‘all together’ all of the time; it’s okay not to be okay. You’ll learn about the importance of self-compassion, balance, and taking small steps on a positive trajectory to help persevere through negative emotions.

Helpful Strategies

  • Set and work towards meaningful goals and slowly chip away at them.
  • Look after your physical health: exercise regularly, eat well and get good sleep.
  • Actively search for good news instead of only watching the regular news stations.

You can quote us on that…

“A lot of people think of risks in very black and white terms…but often there is a ‘middle path’ – you can step slowly into the risk and keep one foot on safe ground, and a lot of the time that’s the more sensible option.”

Dr Tim Sharp

“We create our own luck by keeping our eyes open and being prepared to be courageous enough to take those steps if and when they present themselves.”

Dr Tim Sharp

“No one has it together all of the time – we’re all a bit of a mess – and there’s so much magic in understanding that.”

Meg Durham


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Hi, I'm Meg!

B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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