Psychological research is governed by a strict code of ethics covering things like obtaining participants' consent; protecting them from possible harm; and allowing them to withdraw from the research. But there are some 'participants' who can't give consent, may be harmed, and are unable to withdraw from the research. Using research examples, this film looks at the use of non-human animals in research. Why are they used? What are the benefits? What is being done to protect them? And, is any research with non-human animals a breach of their 'rights'? Show Less
The actions we take can influence the very function of our brain cells, and ground-breaking research has proven just how much control we have over our mind-body connection. This video explores how ‘hacking’ our ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters – those responsible for chemicals including serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphins – tricks the body into resilience, helping it to bounce back from disruption quicker and better than before. Featuring expert interviews, this video is ideal for students of Health, Personal Development and Science. Show Less
Our world is currently in a state of disruption not before seen in our lifetimes. The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the social, economic and political structures that humans once took for granted, understandably impacting the mental health of many. This program explores how long-term stress manifests in disruptive times and how resilience is built by coming out the other side. Featuring expert interviews, this video is ideal for students of Health, Personal Development and Science. Show Less
Encountering a wild animal predator may be a stress we long left behind in history, but the survival mechanisms humans developed then still serve us in today’s stressful situations, from exams to online bullying. This video explores the chemical and physical changes our bodies experience when our fight-or-flight response is triggered by the sympathetic nervous system. Featuring expert interviews, this video is ideal for students of Health, Personal Development and Science. Show Less
While the sympathetic nervous system triggers the fight-or-flight response to danger, the parasympathetic nervous system allows the body to relax and repair. This video looks at ways we can help our bodies to engage the parasympathetic nervous system, including quality sleep, deep breathing and mindfulness techniques, in order to counter feelings of stress and anxiety. Featuring expert interviews, this video is ideal for students of Health, Personal Development and Science. Show Less
Hannah is young woman full of life, enthusiasm and a smile that is infectious. If you met her on the street you would never guess the challenges she has faced in her young life. During this episode, Hannah shares some of her journey with us: the frightening realisation that she had an eating disorder, the courage with which she immediately faced it and the years that followed until she hit rock bottom. After moving in with her dad when home with her mum became unsafe, Hannah developed multiple eating disorders all while training and completing the Kokoda Trail as a teenager, completing high school and fashion college. Surrounded by supportive friends and her father, Hannah still struggled and eventually left home. With financial help from her mum, Hannah found a retreat which was the beginning of her recovery. Hannah shares her story with courage and honesty. She works for an organisation called endED, which helps people living with eating disorders. Show Less
After losing his parents at a young age and being separated from his brothers, Keenan was moved from his home in Redfern to the suburbs of southern Sydney. At the age of 13 and against the wishes of his carers, he went to find his brother who had returned to Redfern. Unfortunately, his brother was already addicted to drugs. From then on Keenan lived on the streets learning how to survive from his cousins, trying desperately to find a sense of belonging. Keenan started committing crimes, became addicted to drugs and eventually went into juvenile detention followed by jail at the age of 18 due to a lack of community support and understanding of his cultural background and needs. Meeting Carly, his now-wife and completing an intense therapeutic programme, made all the difference. Keenan shares his story with such generosity and uses his experiences to help others. Keenan and his wife Carly are co-founders of Deadly Connections, an organisation helping indigenous and non-indigenous people struggling to overcome the challenges of their lives. Indigenous viewers are advised that this programme contains voices and images of people who have died. Show Less
Emma was adopted at six weeks old and always knew she was adopted. When Emma was three, her family adopted another baby girl. As kids they were inseparable but as they grew older they started to see the world differently. Emma lacked a sense of self and developed disordered eating as a way of coping with that and the world around her. Emma shares how she navigated the emptiness she felt, her depression, abusive relationships and trauma around an attachment disorder. Emma is now a Peer Worker, Peer supervisor and Trainer in mental health. Emma explains how seeing her life through the lens of trauma changed life completely. Show Less
Nineteen year-old Jett shares his story of suffering from bullying in school and in his dance career, which led to severe anxiety, depression and resulted in anorexia nervosa. When Jett was in primary school, the bullying started because of his mostly female friends and his interest in performance and dance. The bullying continued as he moved onto high school. When he was 13 something felt wrong to Jett about the bullying. He realised he was gay and he was being bullied for who he was. After an unhealthy environment in his dancing career led him to develop anorexia nervosa and severe depression, he found support with family, therapy and a healthy eating plan. Jett shares his journey and the lessons he's learnt as he works toward his goals for the future. Show Less
Olive is sixteen and lives with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD), ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), anxiety and depression. At the age of nine, Olive began to have negative thoughts but she managed to hide them from everyone until the first year of high school. After experiencing several crises Olive had to be admitted to a youth mental health unit for six weeks. Listen as she tells her story about her challenges and how she has grown from her experiences, not always smoothly but always forwards. Since making this film, Olive has had several difficult periods but she is still growing in her self-knowledge and learning new techniques for coping with her extremely challenging life. Show Less
Pete grew up on a farm in New South Wales, Australia. His father was a farmer and all he ever wanted to do was follow his dad around and be a farmer too. After school, Pete went to another farm and learnt about sheep farming, eventually bringing this knowledge back to his dad. As a result, they started to raise sheep as well. Pete’s dad got sick while he was still young, and this bought him home to the family farm sooner than expected. He had learnt a lot about managing the property from his dad and other farmers, but he couldn't have learnt about the stress that comes with experiencing a prolonged drought. Pete struggled to sleep, he was irritated with his wife and couldn’t make decisions. The stress started to get too high and he didn’t know if he would ever get over it. Pete realised that there was help and support available and visited his doctor. He also learnt how challenges can lead to creative solutions. Show Less
Criminal (or Offender) Profiling is an area that’s currently capturing the public imagination once more in TV shows like Mindhunter and Criminal Minds. But what’s the reality behind the hype? This film introduces students to a range of ideas and issues, from defining different types of criminal profiling, through outlining what profilers do to perhaps the most important question of all: Does profiling work? The film features contributions from leading contemporary UK profilers and psychologists - including Professors David Wilson and Craig Jackson - and uses a number of famous British and American case studies and examine different approaches to Criminal Profiling. Show Less
This haunting film provides a brilliant summary of one of the most infamous experiments ever conducted in psychology, looking at its origins, methods, quite extraordinary findings and its lasting impact on psychiatry.
Even if we say we prefer good news, we're wired to pay more attention to bad news. And while it might feel like the world is becoming a more scary, dangerous place, many things are actually better now than ever, and social media might be the antidote to our fears. Show Less
Starting at a new school is one of the biggest changes a young person can face and, understandably, it can bring with it many anxious thoughts and feelings. Looking specifically at practical strategies to manage their emotions and behaviours in this period of transition, this programme is an invaluable tool for students making the leap from Primary to Secondary school, or switching to a new school at any time during their schooling years. Show Less
How and when we experience anxiety is as individual as we are. The ways that we cope with and manage it are different too. This programme provides students with an introduction to anxiety, what it might look and feel like, and some of the useful methods to calm it when it strikes. Combining animation and the metaphor of various circus acts, students will come away with a clearer understanding of this complex emotional state. Show Less
Nerves before a big test can be productive. But when nervous energy grows into an overwhelming anxiety, exam performance can suffer, just as the negative feelings and self-talk have convinced you it will. Important viewing for students ahead of an exam, performance or competition, this programme presents some useful ways to overcome the often-debilitating feelings of pressure, dread and stress so that they can focus on doing their best when the big day arrives. Show Less
Students can read about the causes of depression and the therapies for its treatment. But what's it actually like to suffer from depression? This short film looks at one woman's experience of depression: the fatigue, the feeling of being trapped, and the continual voices in her head telling her to end her life. Show Less
Have you ever doubted yourself and felt like you don't deserve your job or that college acceptance letter? Well, you're not alone!
Even if you like your job, it’s not unusual to feel "burnout." But the idea of what that means has evolved over time.
You've probably seen the pyramidal diagram of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It's straightforward enough but, it might be a bit too subjective to really measure human needs.
As a species, we have been getting larger and in some Western societies obesity is now at epidemic levels. So why are we doing so much damage to ourselves, our health services and our planet? Is it mainly due to nurture, the environment? Or is it more to do with nature, our biology? In this programme, featuring contributions from Dr Clare Llewellyn and Dr Giles Yeo, we consider the evidence for nurture vs nature. Show Less