Hi! I'm Amy Kate – the Psychologist who created The Mindful Collective. If your inquisitive mind is wondering how this beautiful space came about, grab a cup of tea because I’d love to tell you our story!
It is a long academic road to become a Psychologist in Australia.
I spent seven years hitting the books at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology, with another cheeky year off in the middle to work in schools and the general community.
During my Master's study I could not believe how stressed out I was feeling. I had a few difficult life experiences that I was still navigating in addition to part-time work at an all-girls' private school. It was completely consuming! I felt like I was drowning so I decided to put my value of evidence-based practice to the test and try out the stress-busting strategies from psychological research that resonated with me.
It was a GAME CHANGER.
Since being more aware of these evidence-based, life-altering strategies and then experiencing some shifts in my perspective I began noticing how much my unhelpful habits and high levels of stress were impacting my friends, family and the amazing people I was working with. It often seemed like a slow build up and then suddenly they were in over their heads.
This is an experience many of us have in common at different points in our lives.
To inspire mindful and compassionate change in young women, and the young at heart.
For every young woman in Australia to thrive and flourish, with self-awareness and resilience.
To create space in the mind and inspire compassion in the soul through evidence-based practice in a Stepped Care Approach.
VALUES & LOVES
Efficient Strategy | Evidence-based products & practice | Curiosity, Humour, Balance, Space, Kindness, Diversity.
The Australian Psychological Society’s 2015 Psychology Week survey report of the previous five years had some key findings that supported what I was noticing:
- Younger people (18-25 years) have consistently reported lower levels of wellbeing than older Australians;
- 35% of Australians report having a significant level of distress in their lives;
- Personal health (44%) and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle (40%) were some of the most frequently identified reasons for Australians experiencing stress;
- Increased use of coping strategies that cause other life stresses was noted (like gambling, smoking, drinking alcohol and taking recreational drugs).
It’s stunning (but not in a positive way) that around 1 in 5 Australian women will experience depression and 1 in 3 women will experience anxiety during their lifetime. Women also experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and eating disorders at higher rates than men.
It devastates me to see women suffering unnecessarily, often just because they have not found the right tools, strategies and perspectives that suit them and their life challenges.
The APS Psychlopaedia Compass for Life summarises some of the simple steps we can take to improve our wellbeing, including:
- Connecting with others
- Keeping a helpful perspective
- Developing positive habits
- Living up to our values
- Be kind to ourselves
- Seeking help when needed
And these are just a few!
This is why The Mindful Collective was created: to advocate for the use of mindfulness and compassion (and other stress-busting techniques) by making them beautiful, accessible and relatable.