Rick Astley Songs & Mental Health!

Okay, so you might be wondering how Rick Astley songs are related to mental health.

Well, I was listening to his Essentials album (2019) whilst doing my phys this morning (Army lingo for exercise) and two songs stood out.

  • Song 03: Beautiful Life.
  • Song 05: Cry for Help.

My interpretations:

  • Song 03: This is about giving chance a life and finding the positives, and using them to steer a clear path.
  • Song 05: This is about asking for help or noticing when someone needs help.

What is the Need for Positive Mental Health?

In an age where society is continually bombarded with information about mental health, individuals are learning that the benefits of positive mental health are hard to overestimate.

This is because they can help individuals in all aspects of their life to live in a way that is meaningful, and which better enables them to have a high quality of life for as long as possible.

Book: The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook

Book Title:

The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook: Skills for Navigating Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook).

Author(s): Anneliese A. Singh (PhD, LPC) and Diane Ehrensaft (PhD).

Year: 2018.

Edition: First (1st) Workbook Edition.

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications.

Type(s): Paperback and eTextbook.


How can you build unshakable confidence and resilience in a world still filled with ignorance, inequality, and discrimination? The Queer and Transgender Resilience Workbook will teach you how to challenge internalised negative messages, handle stress, build a community of support, and embrace your true self.

Resilience is a key ingredient for psychological health and wellness. It’s what gives people the psychological strength to cope with everyday stress, as well as major setbacks. For many people, stressful events may include job loss, financial problems, illness, natural disasters, medical emergencies, divorce, or the death of a loved one. But if you are queer or gender non-conforming, life stresses may also include discrimination in housing and health care, employment barriers, homelessness, family rejection, physical attacks or threats, and general unfair treatment and oppression – all of which lead to overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and powerlessness. So, how can you gain resilience in a society that is so often toxic and unwelcoming?

In this important workbook, you will discover how to cultivate the key components of resilience: holding a positive view of yourself and your abilities; knowing your worth and cultivating a strong sense of self-esteem; effectively utilising resources; being assertive and creating a support community; fostering hope and growth within yourself, and finding the strength to help others. Once you know how to tap into your personal resilience, you’ll have an unlimited well you can draw from to navigate everyday challenges.

By learning to challenge internalised negative messages and remove obstacles from your life, you can build the resilience you need to embrace your truest self in an imperfect world.

Book: Life Coaching For Dummies

Book Title:

Life Coaching For Dummies.

Author(s): Jeni Purdie.

Year: 2010.

Edition: Second (2nd).

Publisher: John Wiley.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.


Become a life coach-for yourself and others-with this practical, informative guide

If you are interested in doing away with negative beliefs, making a significant change in your life, and, finally, create-and live-the life you want, life coaching is the key. In this practical introduction, you will learn the empowering techniques essential to life coaching-including putting together an action plan, getting your priorities straight, staying focused, defining true success, overcoming common obstacles, and coaching yourself to happiness.

With more information than ever before, this new updated edition includes material on emotional intelligence and active listening.

With insights on what to expect from life coaching and how to develop your own life coaching techniques, the book offers sound advice on what it takes to become a professional life coach.

If you simply want to create more balance in your life, become more productive, and enjoy a more fulfilling existence, Life Coaching For Dummies holds the answer.

Book: Learned Hopefulness – The Power of Positivity to Overcome Depression

Book Title:

Learned Hopefulness – The Power of Positivity to Overcome Depression.

Author(s): Dan Tomasulo, PhD.

Year: 2020.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.


Cultivate hope with strengths-based practices grounded in positive psychology.

If you suffer from depression, sub-clinical depression, or low mood, you may have days where you feel like you have lost hope – hope that you will ever feel better, that the world will be a better place, or that you will someday find the happiness that always seems to elude you. You are not alone. Many people struggle with feelings of sadness and hopelessness – especially in our difficult, modern world. The good news is that you can change.

Learned Hopefulness offers powerful exercises grounded in evidence-based positive psychology to help you identify your strengths; ditch the self-limiting beliefs that diminish your capacity for positivity; and increase feelings of motivation, resiliency, and wellness. You will also learn to untangle yourself from rumination over past negative events, while shifting your perspective to the present moment and anticipating your future through a more positive lens.

With this unique, compassionate, and life-affirming guide, you will find the tools you need to break free from hopelessness and start living a life of happiness and vitality.

Book: Breaking Negative Thinking Patterns


Book Title:

Breaking Negative Thinking Patterns – A Schema Therapy Self-Help and Support Book.

Author(s): Gitta Jacob.

Year: 2015.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell.

Type(s): Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle.


Breaking Negative Thinking Patterns is the first schema-mode focused resource guide aimed at schema therapy patients and self-help readers seeking to understand and overcome negative patterns of thinking and behaviour.

  • Represents the first resource for general readers on the mode approach to schema therapy.
  • Features a wealth of case studies that serve to clarify schemas and modes and illustrate techniques for overcoming dysfunctional modes and behaviour patterns.
  • Offers a series of exercises that readers can immediately apply to real-world challenges and emotional problems as well as the complex difficulties typically tackled with schema therapy.
  • Includes original illustrations that demonstrate the modes and approaches in action, along with 20 self-help mode materials which are also available online.
  • Written by authors closely associated with the development of schema therapy and the schema mode approach.

National Day of Encouragement


The National Day of Encouragement in the United States was announced in 2007 and occurs each year on 12 September.

The first proclamation for the Day of Encouragement was made by Mayor Belinda LaForce of Searcy, Arkansas on 22 August 2007. In September Mike Beebe, the Governor of Arkansas, signed a proclamation making 12 September 2007 the “State Day of Encouragement” for Arkansas.

Later, President George W. Bush also signed a message making 12 September the official “National Day of Encouragement.”

The Encouragement Foundation is making plans to get more states involved in the National Day of Encouragement in the future.

What is the Purpose of the Day?

The National Day of Encouragement is a day meant to remind us that encouragement matters.

Brief History

It all started when a group of high school students attending a leadership forum were asked to come up with a solution to the biggest problem that faced young people in their day.

  • The problem: a lack of encouragement.
  • The solution: 12 September.

The National Day of Encouragement is a day dedicated to uplifting those around us and making a positive impact, no matter the magnitude.

Book: From Bud to Brain – A Psychiatrists View of Marijuana

Book Title:

From Bud to Brain: A Psychiatrists View of Marijuana.

Author(s): Timmen L. Cermak.

Year: 2020.

Edition: First (1ed).

Publisher: Cambridge University Press.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.


The trend toward liberalising medical and recreational marijuana use is increasing the obligation on clinicians to provide useful information to the public.

This book summarises the science all healthcare professionals need to know in order to provide objective and relevant information to a variety of patients, from recreational and medicinal users to those who use regularly, and to adolescents and worried parents.

The author brings two and a half decades of studying cannabinoid research, and over forty years’ experience in psychiatric and addiction medicine practice, to shed light on the interaction between marijuana and the brain.

Topics range from how marijuana produces pleasurable sensations, relaxation and novelty (the ‘high’), to emerging medical uses, effects of regular use, addiction, and policy.

Principles of motivational interviewing are outlined to help clinicians engage patients in meaningful, non-judgmental conversations about their experiences with marijuana.

An invaluable guide for physicians, nurses, psychologists, therapists, and counsellors.

Book: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook For Dummies

Book Title:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook For Dummies.

Author(s): Rhena Branch and Rob Wilson.

Year: 2012.

Edition: Second (2ed).

Publisher: For Dummies.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.


Whether you are trying to overcome anxiety and depression, boost self-esteem, beat addiction, lose weight, or simply improve your outlook, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) offers a practical, sensible approach to mastering your thoughts and thinking constructively. In this updated and expanded edition of the companion workbook to their bestselling Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Dummies, professional therapists Rhena Branch and Rob Wilson show you, step-by-step, how to put the lessons provided in their book into practice. Inside you’ll find a huge number of hands-on exercises and techniques to help you remove roadblocks to change and regain control over your life.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook For Dummies, Second Edition:

  • Develops the ideas and concepts that presented in the book and provides exercises to put those ideas into practice.
  • Features a range of hands-on CBT exercises and techniques for beating anxiety or depression, boosting your self-esteem, losing weight, or simply improving your outlook on life.

Book: Behavioural Consultation and Primary Care

Book Title:

Behavioural Consultation & Primary Care – A Guide to Integrating Services.

Author(s): Patricia J. Robinson and Jeffrey T. Reiter.

Year: 2016.

Edition: Second (2ed).

Publisher: Springer.

Type(s): Hardcover, Paperback and Kindle.


2007, First Edition

The Primary Care Behavioural Health (PCBH) model is emerging as the future of integration between mental health and primary care services. The first book to detail the model, Behavioural Consultation and Primary Care explains in hands-on terms how to achieve truly integrated care. From starting up a new PCBH service to evaluating its outcome, clinicians and medical administrators alike will value in this up-to-the-minute resource.

2016, Second Edition

In this 2nd edition, Robinson and Reiter give us an updated blueprint for full integration of behavioural health and primary care in practice. They review the compelling rationale, but their real contribution is telling us exactly how to think about it and how to do it. This latest book is a must for anyone interested in population health and the nuts and bolts of full integration through using the Primary Care Behavioural Health Consultation model.

The best-selling guide to integrating behavioral health services into primary care is now updated, expanded and better than ever!

Integration is exploding in growth, and it is moving inexorably toward the model outlined here. To keep pace, this revised text is a must for primary care clinicians and administrators. It is also essential reading for graduate classes in a variety of disciplines, including social work, psychology, and medicine.

This updated edition includes:

  • A refined presentation of the PCBH model.
  • The latest terms, trends and innovations in primary care.
  • Comprehensive strategies and resource lists for hiring and training new Behavioural Health Consultants (BHC).
  • Step-by-step guidance for implementing the PCBH model.
  • A plethora of evolved practice tools, including new Core Competency Tools for BHCs and primary care providers.
  • Sample interventions for behaviourally influenced problems.
  • The use of “Third Wave” behaviour therapies in primary care.
  • Detailed programme evaluation instructions and tools.
  • The latest on financing integrated care.
  • An entire chapter on understanding and addressing the prescription drug abuse epidemic.
  • Experienced guidance on ethical issues in the PCBH model.
  • Improved patient education handouts.

With all of the changes in health care, the potential for the PCBH model to improve primary care – and the health of the population – is greater than ever.

This book should be the first read for anyone interested in realising the potential of integration.